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About Steven

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In September 2020, Steven Sloane took up his new post as Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, introducing several new concert series and formats, since his start.

Bochum Symphony Orchestra

Steven Sloane has been the General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony since 1994, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras. After 27 years, he will be ending his position as GMD and Intendant of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Musikforum Bochum

Steven Sloane was instrumental in the building and realization of the Bochum Symphoniker’s own music centre, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. In 2016, he inaugurated the hall to international acclaim and gave the Bochumer Symphoniker a home.

International Conducting Academy Berlin

Steven Sloane has always been interested in the training of future generations of conductors. In 2013, he was appointed Professor of Conducting at Berlin’s University of the Arts, where he established the International Conducting Academy Berlin (ICAB).

Opera & Music Theater

Today, Steven Sloane is an internationally sought-after opera conductor of wide-ranging repertoire, from popular staples by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Wagner to rarely performed works by Shostakovich (Cheryomushki), and Schumann (Genoveva) to important world premieres.

Projects & Tours

Steven Sloane has not only taken orchestras he has worked with on international tours, but also curated and directed many projects outside of his normal work, ranging from festivals, master classes, workshops, symposia and educational activities.

Upcoming events:



JSO Season Opening Concert

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



Regarding Festival of New Interpretations

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



Regarding Festival of New Interpretations: Performance 2

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



Hallelujah Festival : Saith The Lord

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



Hallelujah Festival: Sing Unto the Lord A New Song

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



Series X: “Eretz. Shir.” An Evening with Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



The Beethoven Experience: Beethoven’s Piano Concerti – Part 1

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



The Beethoven Experience: Beethoven’s Piano Concerti – Part 2

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra



The Beethoven Experience: Beethoven’s Ninth

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra


"We can only rejoice at the appearance of a new full orchestral Franz Schreker in stores! This time, it is to the Israeli-American leader Steven Sloane that we owe it. He is here at the head of his Bochumer Symphony Orchestra, of which he has been the Generalmusikdirektor since 1994 (...) It strictly follows the chronological order of composition of the works presented. In this way, the listener will be able to methodically deepen his approach to the Schrekerian repertoire."

by Bertrand Bolognesi / Anaclase, la musique au jour le jour

"Under the direction of Steven Sloane, the Latvian State Choir sang and Bochum Symphony Orchestra played with solemn serenity appropriate to the occasion, with a nearly ominous air, as though each individual groaned under the weight of such musical responsibility. Musically, it was less meditative than tremulous, piercing, reproachful."

Peter Jungblut / BR KLASSIK, 06/09/2019

"The orchestra's performance of the opera under its first new guest conductor Steven Sloane shows a renewed freshness. Élan and verve are evident in both the orchestral and choral parts."

Lennart Bromander / AFTONBLADET, 05/02/2019

"The opera and museum orchestra inevitably played an authoritative role once again in the inspiring experience of the (second) revival of this opera. Steven Sloane stood at the podium, with a good view on his former job as first conductor (nearly thirty years ago). With great oversight and passion, he led his orchestra through the demands of the dense task, making for delicate strings and dense, powerful brass."

Matthias Gerhart / FRANKFURTER NEUE PRESSE, 29/5/2018

"Mahler's eighty-minute final symphony is a work of haunting beauty. In Sloane´s sensitive and expressive interpretation as conductor, the marvel of timbres, polyphony, and symphonic structures was developed to perfection. And the canon of moods – drama and conflict, grief and tenderness – was kept in remarkable balance. […]Stunning! Given this bold performance, one nearly forgot that the exquisite graciousness with which the evening began."

Jürgen Boebers-Süßmann / WESTDEUTSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG / 12/3/2018

"The house orchestra, under guest conductor Steven Sloane, executes the score’s broad palette of textures with impressive attention to nuance and balance, from gongs that crash in the outer aisles, to detuned, mocking flutes, to squealing brass. It may not always be a pleasant journey, but Reimann’s Medea offers the listener no escape."

Rebecca Schmid / FINANCIAL TIMES, 23/5/2017

What makes this production that is full of magic, dream worlds and sensuality such a success is also the musical undertow that flows in the orchestra pit. The American conductor Steven Sloane moves through Britten’s music like a fish in the waters of a fresh, bubbly and crystal clear source. Immaculate entries from each musician, a rounded and delicate sound, orchestral flow, airy and brisk rhythms: the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande unfurled the music with elegance, precision and character.

LE TEMPS / Sylvie Bonier, 21/11/2015

Conductor Steven Sloane deftly manages the large orchestra, calling up a searing blast of brassy golden horns as the couple enters the fateful fifth room.

LA Weekly / James Falling, 28/10/2014

“The conductor, Steven Sloane, drew pulsing, feisty and textured playing from the orchestra.”

Anthony Tommasini / The New York Times, 18/9/2013

“[Die Soldaten] has returned to life as the capstone of this year's Lincoln Center Festival. On Monday night, some 1,000 listeners packed the vast drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory and encountered a musical and theatrical alloy of extreme potency. … … The superb-sounding Bochum Symphony Orchestra [was] masterfully directed by Steven Sloane.”

Jeremy Eichler / The Boston Globe, 11/07/2008

“Thanks go to the adventurous conductor Steven Sloane, the music director of the American Composers Orchestra, for giving a large audience at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon a chance to hear the work in a concert performance. Mr. Sloane's vibrant, deftly paced account made much of the music's captivating qualities.”

Anthony Tommasini / The New York Times, 10/04/2003

Musically the distinction stems from the pit, where Steven Sloane conducts a performance rich in finely realised detail.

Andrew Clements / The Guardian / 18.12.1999

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