"The audience was dazzled by up-and-coming conductor Yaniv Dinur’s thoughtful and inspired interpretations of all works" ("Nola Defender" about a performance with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra)
Currently Assistant Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Yaniv Dinur was born in Jerusalem in 1981, and has performed with orchestras in Israel, Europe, The United States, Canada and Mexico. He is a winner of numerous conducting awards, among them the 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Special Prize at the 2009 Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico, and the Yuri Ahronovitch 1st Prize in the 2005 Aviv Conducting Competitions in Israel. He was chosen by the League of American Orchestras to be a featured conductor in the 2011 Bruno Walter Conducting Preview, and he is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Zubin Mehta Scholarship Endowment.
Dinur started his conducting career at the age of 19, performing with the Israel Camerata, making him the youngest conductor ever to conduct an orchestra in Israel. Since then, he also conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Solisti di Perugia, Torino Philharmonic, Portugal Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
Dinur has worked closely with such world-class musicians as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas,
Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, and Kurt Masur. He holds a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he studied with Prof. Kenneth Kiesler.
Yaniv Dinur is also a passionate music educator. Since joining the Milwaukee Symphony, he has taken the Orchestra to perform in unusual venues such as an industrial design factory and an unfinished office building in concerts created especially for young professionals. He has also performed in troubled neighborhoods in town, bringing orchestral music to an audience that does not usually have access to it. He often gives pre-concert talks, as well as comments from the stage during concerts, in which he incorporates live demonstrations on the piano, aiming to reveal surprising connections between pieces, composers, and eras. In addition, he created a series of short, fun YouTube videos that give a deeper look into musical pieces of all genres.
Dinur began studying the piano at the age of 6 with his aunt, Olga Shachar, and later with Prof. Alexander Tamir, Tatiana Alexanderov, and Mark Dukelsky. At the age of 16, he began to study conducting with Dr. Evgeny Zirlin. While still in high school, Dinur began his formal studies with Dr. Zirlin at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. After graduating from the Jerusalem Academy, he studied privately with conductor Mendi Rodan.
"The audience was dazzled by up-and-coming conductor Yaniv Dinur's thoughtful and inspired interpretations ... In addition to having a patent understanding of the pieces, the Israeli's interaction with the orchestra encouraged an infusion of spark and gracefulness into mainstream repertoire, as well as the compositions less commonly performed."
NOLA DEFENDER (Louisiana)
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