Named the 2019 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow (the largest awards for conductors in the US), Yaniv Dinur is currently Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony and Music Director of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. The League of American Orchestras honored the New Bedford Symphony by selecting it to be one of the orchestras to perform at the 2021 League Conference. He is lauded for his bold and engaging programming, insightful interpretations, and unique ability to connect with varied audiences, from season subscribers to first time concertgoers.
Recent and upcoming highlights include subscription debuts with the symphonies of Fort Worth and Houston, Orchestra Haydn in Italy, as well as return engagements with the San Diego Symphony, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and the Peninsula (Wisconsin) and Round Top (Texas) festivals. Among other U.S. guest conducting appearances are the Louisiana Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, New World Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony.
Yaniv Dinur made his conducting debut at the age of 19 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, which led to multiple return engagements. Following his European debut, he was invited to perform with the Israel Camerata in Jerusalem, making him the youngest conductor ever to conduct a professional orchestra in Israel. Since then, he has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Portugal Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra/Bulgaria, Solisti di Perugia, State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Torino Philharmonic, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Broadcast live on Israeli radio, he was the principal conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony’s Young Artists Competition from 2003 to 2010.
Among Mr. Dinur’s numerous honors are the 2016 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Grants, in addition to the 2019 Solti Conducting Fellow Award. In 2011, he was chosen by the League of American Orchestras to be a featured conductor at the Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview in New Orleans. Additional awards include Second Prize at the International Eduardo Mata 2009 Conducting Competition in Mexico City; the Yuri Ahronovitch First Prize at the 2005 Aviv Conducting Competition in Israel; as well as grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Zubin Mehta Scholarship Endowment. More recently he was named by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the city’s most impressive young leaders, currently making a positive difference in Milwaukee.
An accomplished pianist, Dinur made his concerto debut with the Milwaukee Symphony in 2019, playing and conducting Mozart’s D Minor Concerto. He received critical acclaim for his “fluid, beautifully executed piano passages” and “deeply musical playing” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
Mr. Dinur has worked closely with such world-class conductors as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pinchas Zukerman, Kurt Masur, and Jorma Panula; soloists with whom he has collaborated include Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman, Jean-EffIam Bavouzet, and Vadim Guzman. He holds a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he was a student of Prof. Kenneth Kiesler.
Born in Jerusalem, Yaniv Dinur began studying the piano at the age of six with his aunt, Olga Shachar, and later with Prof. Alexander Tamir, Tatiana Alexanderov, Mark Dukelsky, and Edna Golandsky. At the age of 16, he began to study conducting with Dr. Evgeny Zirlin. While still in high school, Mr. 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.
Mahler - Symphony no. 1, mvt. 4 (excerpt)
Mahler - Symphony no. 1, mvt. 4 (2nd theme)
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, mvt. 1 (excerpt)
Debussy - La Mer
"Yaniv Dinur leads Fort Worth Symphony in an arresting ‘Symphonie fantastique’. Dinur got committed and often illuminating playing from the orchestra...
Dinur led an exquisite performance [of Boulanger's D'un matin de printemps]."
The Dallas Morning News
"Dinur handled his dual roles [playing and conducting Mozart's D Minor Concerto] deftly, snapping from fluid, beautifully executed piano passages to hands-in-air conducting, before turning back to immediate immersion in deeply musical playing. He was as delightful to watch as he was to hear."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Last weekend, the Houston Symphony made "Carmina Burana" burn... Tasked with keeping everyone on the same page was guest conductor Yaniv Dinur, impressively demonstrating the skill set that won him the 2019 Sir Georg Solti Prize."
"Dinur, conducting without a score, let the piece unfold with energy and grandeur. He never allowed anything to feel rushed, or too weighty. His sense of timing extended to moments of silence as well, each of which had its own energy and momentum."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"With less than 12 hours’ notice, Dinur replaced the ill and indisposed Edo de Waart on the podium. He gave a thoroughly solid account of Symphony No. 3 by Brahms with grace and power."
"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)