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Nimrod David Pfeffer is an Israeli-born conductor residing in New York City.
Mr. Pfeffer serves as Assistant Conductor at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In season 2020/21 he will make his Metropolitan Opera conducting debut, in Franco Zeffirelli's production of La Bohème.
At the Met he has also served as Assistant Conductor in productions of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Guillaume Tell, L'Italiana in Algeri, Aida, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, Der Fliegende Holländer, Otello, Tannhäuser, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Adriana Lecouvreur, and Die Zauberflöte, and served as Assistant Chorus Master to Donald Palumbo.
In 2016 Mr. Pfeffer was named Music Director of the Lyric Opera Company of Guatemala, after conducting the company's inaugural production of Verdi's Rigoletto. In the following seasons he conducted in Guatemala new productions of L’Elisir d’Amore, La Bohème, and La Traviata.
His recent conducting engagements include The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, The Juilliard Opera, and the Israeli Opera.
This season he will conduct the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonie Baden Baden Orchestra, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Pfeffer is the Third Prize winner of the 2017 Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition in Hungary. Following his success in the competition, he was invited to conduct the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra Hungary, the MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest, and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.
As a pianist Mr. Pfeffer performs regularly as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist. His piano career highlights include his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill recital Hall in 2008; performances of the music of Chopin on the stage of The Metropolitan Opera in American Ballet Theatre's production of The Lady of the Camellias in 2010; a live solo recital broadcast from the Russian Kremlin in 2007; and his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, playing the World Premiere of Aharon Harlap's Second Piano Concerto, which resulted in a dedication to him of Mr. Harlap’s Symphonic Dances for Piano and Orchestra in 2015.
He has also performed recently as soloist at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Warsaw's Philharmonic Hall and Royal Lazienky Park, Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and Shanghai Concert Hall, as well as in concert halls in Israel, Russia, Poland, Austria, Malta, Jordan, China, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Mr. Pfeffer is dedicated to promoting dialogue between Arabs and Jews in Israel. In 2009 he presented a concert in honor of peace at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with pianist Bishara Haroni, benefiting the Jezreel Valley Music Center, a music school where Arabs and Jews study music together, which was in financial difficulties. The performance helped to raise funds and bring media attention to the school. Mr. Pfeffer is honored to have received the Davis Projects for Peace Award for this initiative.
Mr. Pfeffer holds a Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Alan Gilbert at The Juilliard School, as a recipient of the Bruno Walter Scholarship. Upon graduation from Juilliard he was awarded the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize and the Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant. He also holds a Master’s Degree and Professional Studies Diplomas in Piano Performance and in Orchestral Conducting from Mannes College of Music, and is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He was a recipient of grants from the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Among his teachers were Pnina Salzman, Vadim Monastyrski, Gideon Hatzor, Michael Wolpe, André Hajdu, Victor Rosenbaum, Carl Schachter, Claude Frank, Byron Janis, Alan Gilbert, and Richard Goode.