Lahav Shani

Chief Conductor 


Lahav Shani is Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He assumed his position in September 2018, succeeding Yannick Nézet-Séguin and becoming the youngest Chief Conductor in the orchestra’s history. His first season as Chief Conductor will comprise a tour of Germany and Switzerland, among other major projects. In the 2020/21 season, Shani will succeed Zubin Mehta as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and will be the orchestra’s Music Director Designate from 2019/20. 
 

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In the 2017/18 season, Shani became Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, following a number of appearances with the orchestra since his debut in May 2015, including a major European tour in January 2016. Shani also works regularly with the Berlin Staatskapelle, both at the Berlin Staatsoper and also for symphonic concerts. In spring 2019 he will return to conduct “Don Giovanni” at the Berlin Staatsoper.

Recent and upcoming highlights as a guest conductor include engagements with the Vienna Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Shani was born in Tel Aviv in 1989 and started his piano studies aged six with Hannah Shalgi, continuing with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. He went on to complete his studies in conducting with Prof. Christian Ehwald and piano with Prof. Fabio Bidini, both at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Whilst a student he was mentored by Daniel Barenboim. In 2013 he won First Prize in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg. June 2016 saw Lahav Shani’s debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as a conductor and as a piano soloist; his appointment as Chief Conductor from 2018 was announced two months later.

As a pianist Shani made his solo recital debut at the Boulez Saal in Berlin in July 2018. He has play-directed piano concerti with many orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Recent concerto engagements include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon with the Israel Philharmonic. Shani also has considerable experience performing chamber music appearing recently at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Verbier Festival. 

  • 14 mar
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    20:15

    Parisian spring

    Lahav Shani & Bruno Bonansea
    Paris, 1911: a breath of spring is all around.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    14 mar
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    20:15
  • 15 mar
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    17:00

    Concertino

    Lahav Shani, Igor Gruppman & Charlotte Potgieter
    With a few sparing piano and horn tones, Janáček’s Concertino draws you into a dream world.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    15 mar
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    17:00
  • 15 mar
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    20:15

    Parisian spring

    Lahav Shani & Bruno Bonansea
    Paris, 1911: a breath of spring is all around.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    15 mar
    -
    20:15
  • 30 may
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    20:15

    Mahler 3 with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani & Violeta Urmana
    ‘A summer morning’s dream’ was the working title Gustav Mahler gave his Third Symphony.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    30 may
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    20:15
  • 31 may
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    20:15

    Mahler 3 with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani & Violeta Urmana
    ‘A summer morning’s dream’ was the working title Gustav Mahler gave his Third Symphony.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    31 may
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    20:15
  • 1 jun
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    20:00

    Mahler 3 with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani & Violeta Urmana
    ‘A summer morning’s dream’ was the working title Gustav Mahler gave his Third Symphony.
    Konzerthaus Dortmund, Dortmund - Concertzaal
    1 jun
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    20:00
    External
  • 2 jun
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    20:00

    Mahler 3 with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani & Violeta Urmana
    ‘A summer morning’s dream’ was the working title Gustav Mahler gave his Third Symphony.
    Köln Philharmonie, Köln - Concert Hall
    2 jun
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    20:00
    External
  • 8 jun
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    20:00

    Summertour 2019: Asia

    Lahav Shani & Renaud Capucon
    Kaohshiung, Shanghai & Beijing
    National Kaohshiung Centre for the Arts, Kaohshiung - Concert Hall
    8 jun
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    20:00
    External
  • 9 jun
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    20:00

    Summertour 2019: Asia

    Lahav Shani & Renaud Capucon
    Kaohshiung, Shanghai & Beijing
    National Kaohshiung Centre for the Arts, Kaohshiung - Concert Hall
    9 jun
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    20:00
    External
  • 13 jun
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    20:00

    Summertour 2019: Asia

    Lahav Shani & Renaud Capucon
    Kaohshiung, Shanghai & Beijing
    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Shanghai - Concert Hall
    13 jun
    -
    20:00
    External
  • 14 jun
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    20:00

    Summertour 2019: Asia

    Lahav Shani & Renaud Capucon
    Kaohshiung, Shanghai & Beijing
    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Shanghai - Concert Hall
    14 jun
    -
    20:00
    External
  • 15 jun
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    20:00

    Summertour 2019: Asia

    Lahav Shani & Renaud Capucon
    Kaohshiung, Shanghai & Beijing
    National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing - Concert Hall
    15 jun
    -
    20:00
    External
  • 23 aug
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    20:15

    Summer evening with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani
    Mozart’s last piano concerto and Bruckner’s fabulous, majestic Fifth.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    23 aug
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    20:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 27 sep
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    20:15

    Shani’s Sacre

    Lahav Shani & Giuliano Sommerhalder
    Sensational music by Haydn and Stravinsky.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    27 sep
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    20:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 14 may
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    20:15

    Mahler 2 with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani
    Exactly 80 years after the heart of Rotterdam was destroyed by bombs, the orchestra commemorates the city’s rise from its own ashes with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    14 may
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    20:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 15 may
    -
    20:15

    Mahler 2 with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani
    Exactly 80 years after the heart of Rotterdam was destroyed by bombs, the orchestra commemorates the city’s rise from its own ashes with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    15 may
    -
    20:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 17 may
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    14:15

    Mahler 2 with Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani
    Exactly 80 years after the heart of Rotterdam was destroyed by bombs, the orchestra commemorates the city’s rise from its own ashes with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    17 may
    -
    14:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 22 may
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    20:15

    Abrahamsen and Shostakovich

    Lahav Shani
    A Dutch premiere by Abrahamsen and Shostakovich's colorful Ninth Symphony.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    22 may
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    20:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 4 jun
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    20:15

    Janine Jansen and Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani & Janine Jansen
    The season ends with the warmth of the sun in the concert hall.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    4 jun
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    20:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 5 jun
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    17:00

    Mozart and Brahms: chamber music

    Lahav Shani and musicians of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
    Two masterpieces in a totally original instrumentation.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    5 jun
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    17:00
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 5 jun
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    20:15

    Janine Jansen and Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani & Janine Jansen
    The season ends with the warmth of the sun in the concert hall.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    5 jun
    -
    20:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 7 jun
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    14:15

    Janine Jansen and Lahav Shani

    Lahav Shani & Janine Jansen
    The season ends with the warmth of the sun in the concert hall.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    7 jun
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    14:15
    From 25 February 10:00
  • 4 feb
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    20:00

    Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

    Lahav Shani
    Lahav Shani conducts and plays piano in Arnhem and Utrecht
    Musis Stadstheater Arnhem, Arnhem - Parkzaal
    4 feb
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    20:00
    Past event
  • 3 feb
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    15:00

    Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

    Lahav Shani
    Lahav Shani conducts and plays piano in Arnhem and Utrecht
    TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht - Grote Zaal
    3 feb
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    15:00
    Past event
  • 1 feb
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    20:15

    Lahav Shani and the Viennese School

    Lahav Shani & Matthias Goerne
    ‘In Mahler’s songs Matthias Goerne takes your breath away’, wrote NRC.
    De Doelen, Rotterdam - Grote Zaal
    1 feb
    -
    20:15
    Past event
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