Lahav Shani extends contract until 2026
In the period until August 2026, Shani will continue to work 12 weeks per season with the orchestra, partly in Rotterdam and partly on tour. A major tour of Asia is planned for 2020/2021. In the longer term the orchestra will pursue the structural cooperation with major concert halls in cities such as Paris, Dortmund, Baden-Baden, Hamburg and Vienna.
Shani has an interest in a wide range of music, from baroque to contemporary, and will expand his repertoire still further. His cycle of Bruckner and Mahler symphonies is ongoing, and Shani will continue to champion the sadly neglected Dutch repertoire such as the works of Diepenbrock and Pijper. He will also conduct several premières, including works by Dutch composers, every season. He will maintain his double role as pianist and conductor, and as a pianist he will carry on the chamber music series with orchestra members and renowned soloists.
Lahav Shani: “It’s with great pleasure that I just signed the extension of my tenure as chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This has been my first job as chief conductor and the chemistry I felt with the orchestra from day 1 is still growing. We are developing a very beautiful friendship and musical collaboration, which I am most happy to continue and explore for the next years.”
When Lahav Shani succeeded Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2018, he was the youngest chief conductor in the history of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Lahav Shani was born in Tel Aviv in 1989. He had his first piano lesson at the age of 6; he subsequently also learned to play the double bass. In 2009, he went to Berlin to study orchestral conducting and piano at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’. Four years later, he won the prestigious International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition.
The orchestras that Lahav Shani has conducted since then include the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. As from 2020/2021 he will also be Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.