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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. He made his conducting debut with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2014, sharing the podium with James Levine in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program Orchestra Workshop Concert at the DiMenna Center in New York. At the Met, he 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.
In 2019-20 Mr. Pfeffer will make his conducting debuts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, in a program dedicated to Beethoven; with the Juilliard Opera, in a new production of Così Fan Tutte; and with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist Pinchas Zukerman.
In 2018 Mr. Pfeffer made his conducting debut with the Palau de les Arts Riena Sofía in Valencia, in a semi-staged production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito; and with the Israeli Opera, in a new production of Don Giovanni by Kasper Holten. In 2019/20 Mr. Pfeffer returns to Israel to conduct Idomeneo and a double-bill of Pagliacci/Shitz with the Israeli Opera, and to collaborate as conductor and pianist with the Ra'anana Symphonette Orchestra, the Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, and the Jerusalem Symphony 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.
His other recent engagements as conductor included collaborations with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, The Symphonic Orchestra of the State Capella of St. Petersburg, and the Juilliard Orchestra.
Mr. Pfeffer also enjoys a career as a pianist, who performs regularly as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist. His piano career highlights included a live solo recital broadcast from the Russian Kremlin in 2007; 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; his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill recital Hall in 2008; 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.