Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
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. Highlights in 2021 include a tour to Germany in June 2021 with concerts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and the world premiere of the new opera Kundry.
Bochum Symphony Orchestra
From 1994 to 2021, Steven Sloane was General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras. He also ended his position as Intendant of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum at the end of the 2020/21 season. He will remain associated with the Bochum Symphony as honorary conductor.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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