The young German-Israeli-American conductor Yoel Gamzou began his music education as a cellist but from the age of 12 switched to devote himself to conducting. In 2006 he founded the International Mahler Orchestra, of which he is still the artistic director and conductor, alongside his current position as principal conductor of the Neue Philharmonie München. In 2011 he stood on the dais of the Hamburger Symphoniker, and was exceptionally well received when filling in to conduct Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at the Staatsorchester Kassel, leading to additional invitations. Nor is he new to the Grachtenfestival, having conducted the international MLW Festival Philharmonie on Dam Square last year. The programme for this concert includes pieces by Mahler and Debussy as well as works by the orchestra’s composer in residence, Elmar Lampson.
In March 2013 Gamzou won the ECF Princess Margriet Award of the European Cultural Foundation, initiator of a music programme centered round Yoel Gamzou: this concert in the foyer of Het Muziektheater and earlier today, at 4pm, at the Portugese Synagoge.
If you want to visit both concerts of the International Mahler Orchestra, please buy your tickets with discount here.
The concerts are produced by the European Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, the Joods Cultureel Kwartier and Het Muziektheater and is supported by KUNSTENISRAEL.