Lahav Shani

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Lahav Shani

Lahav Shani (born January 7, 1989 in Tel Aviv ) is an Israeli pianist and conductor .


Lahav Shani is the son of a cantor . From the age of six he received piano lessons from Hannah Shalgi and then from Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta-Musikschule in his hometown. He later took double bass lessons from Teddy Kling. He then continued his studies at the “Hanns Eisler” University of Music in Berlin with Christian Ehwald (orchestra direction) and Fabio Bidini (piano). He also received coaching from Daniel Barenboim .

Shani achieved his breakthrough as a conductor thanks to the first prize at the International Gustav Mahler Competition 2013. Since then he has led the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra , the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra , the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra , the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic . In the 2017/18 season Shani was a permanent guest conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker . On May 8, 2018, he conducted the Wiener Symphoniker at the Festival of Joy on Heldenplatz in Vienna .

In June 2017 he made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as a conductor and piano soloist. In August 2017 he conducted the orchestra during the Veerhaven concert. In September 2018 he became chief conductor of the orchestra there - as the successor to Yannick Nézet-Séguin . The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is his first own orchestra and Shani is the youngest chief conductor in the orchestra's history.

In 2019 he was also appointed chief conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, whose direction he will take over entirely from the beginning of the 2020/21 season as the successor to Zubin Mehta .

Shani currently (2018) lives in Berlin.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Lahav Shani, the Rising Israeli Star in the World of Classical Music at
  2. Lahav Shani becomes music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at

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