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Steven Sloane

Artist’s biography

American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane is a visionary whose creative concepts and outstanding artistic merits have garnered respect in artistic circles, as well as in the realm of cultural politics. A student of Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara and Gary Bertini, he quickly set off for an international career and served as Music Director of the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera North in Leeds, the American Composers Orchestra, as Principal Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and as Artistic Director of ‘Ruhr.2010’ Capital of Culture.

Since 1994, Steven Sloane was appointed as General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras. He was instrumental in the building and realization of the orchestra’s own music center, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, inaugurating the hall in 2016 to international acclaim. Other extraordinary achievements of his work with the Bochum Symphony include the exceptional production of Zimmermann's Die Soldaten at the Ruhrtriennale (2006) and at the New York Lincoln Center Festival (2008), the celebrated Mahler/Ives cycle at the Philharmonie Essen, numerous CD projects, including the complete recording of the grammy nominated Joseph Marx’s orchestral works and being awarded 'Bürger des Ruhrgebiets'.

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 in his first season. Highlights included the Holocaust Remembrance Day and Independence Day concerts. At the end of the season he will conduct a tour to Germany, including a joint performance of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra in the Jahrhunderthalle, with which he will bid farewell to Bochum as General Music Director. He will continue his connection with the Bochum Symphony in the new title of Honorary Conductor for Life.

Steven Sloane is a frequent guest with prestigious orchestras, including London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Leipzig, as well as the Konzerthausorchester, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna, Netherlands Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2018, Steven Sloane has been Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor at Malmö Opera, where he conducted a new production of Falstaff in 2020. As a sought-after opera conductor, he has been welcomed at houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Le Nozze di Figaro), the Los Angeles Opera (Dido and Aeneas/ Bluebeard's Castle), San Francisco Opera (Wallace: Bonesetter's Daughter), Royal Danish Opera (Madama Butterfly), Grand Théâtre de Genève (Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream), Houston Grand Opera (The Makropulos Case, The Magic Flute), Welsh National Opera (Iphigénie en Tauride), Deutsche Oper Berlin (The Love for Three Oranges) and Stuttgart Opera (Macbeth) as well as at festivals in Hong Kong (Salome), Santa Fe (Kát'a Kabanová), Edinburgh (Genoveva), Salzburg (Feldman: Neither) and New York City Opera (Turnage's Anna Nicole). Recent opera accomplishments include the Berlin premiere of Reimann's Medea at the Komische Oper, Adriana Lecouvreur at the Oper Frankfurt, The Flying Dutchman and Tosca in Malmö and Salome at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Education and promoting young musicians have always been of great importance to Steven Sloane. He has regularly conducted youth orchestras such as Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundesjugendorchester and Young Israel Philharmonic, and since 2013 has served as professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, where he founded the 'International Conducting Academy Berlin'.

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