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RONALD ZOLLMAN
Master performer of these pages and of so many other
ones of the music of our time as much as of all times.            
                                  
Henri Dutilleux (Brussels February 15th, 2007)
  © Raphael Oleg

From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Sydney’s Opera House, via Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Festival Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, Ronald Zollman’s name has become through the years a familiar one for many international music lovers.

                                                                                                                                            

Music Director Designate pf the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) after having been their Principal Guest Conductor during the last 4 years, a position he has previously held in Prague with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra,Ronald Zollmanwas born in Antwerp (Belgium). There he began his musical training at the age of four, becoming later  the pupil of Igor Markevitch and Nadia Boulanger in France, and also of Hans Swarowsky  and Franco Ferrara in Austria and Italy.

From its start, his career has expanded rapidly. He appeared as a guest conductor with important orchestras on all continents : BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Residentie Orchestra, Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, Bamberger Symphoniker, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and many more. He also was the guest of such major festivals as Edinburgh, Flanders, Warsaw Autumn, Festival Estival in Paris, Gulbenkian in Lisbon, London  Proms,…

Ronald Zollman not only dedicates himself to the great symphonic works of the traditional repertoire, being very active in the field of opera as well as particularly noted for his commitment to contemporary music. In the theatre, he conducted a large number of performances at the Brussels La Monnaie Opera House  (a.o. Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, La Bohème, Albert Herring and A Rake’s Progress), and the performances of La Traviata whichhe led at London’s English National Opera were soon followed by a series The Turn of the Screw with Scottish Opera. For the BBC he recorded Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg, while his Don Giovanni for the Banff Summer Festival was considered as the highlight of this major event in Canada. In the USA, he is known for his performances of French romantic operas at Indiana Opera, such as Manon, Cendrillon or Roméo et Juliette.

As far as contemporary music is concerned,Ronald Zollman has worked regularly with the London Sinfonietta, and at Pierre Boulez’s  request, he has been a frequent guest with the Ensemble InterContemporain, in Paris and on tour.

From 1989 till 1993,Ronald Zollman was Musical Director of the National Orchestra of Belgium, a position he then held since 1993 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM in Mexico City. In September 2002 he took the Music Directorship and Principal Conductorship of the Northern Israel Symphony, Haifa, and from 2009 until 2013, he was Director of Orchestral Studies at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh as well as the Music Director of their Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ronald Zollman’s discography includes productions with many orchestras : following  Mahler’s First Symphony with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, recorded live in Berlin, there were recordings with the National Orchestra of Catalunya, the Basler Sinfonie Orchester, the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Northern Sinfonia, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, with his own orchestra in Mexico City and with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Also active in the world of film music, Ronald Zollmanrecorded the soundtrack for “Le Maître de Musique” (“The Master of Music”), the award-winning motion picture featuring José Van Dam, a nominee for the Best Foreign Picture at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. The musical quality of this particular soundtrack was recognized with the award of a Golden Record.

Ronald Zollman made his debut with the Orchestre de Paris at the occasion of their tribute concert to the memory of Mstislav Rostropovitch in Salle Pleyel (Paris) in 2007, conducting Henri Dutilleux’s Cello concerto in a performance considered by the composer himself as one of the best he had heard. In the summer of 2008 he shared the musical direction of the Orchestra Academica of the Campos do Jordao Festival (Brazil) with Kurt Masur.  In April 2010 he had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, and in April 2011 he conducted for the 1st time at Washington’s Kennedy Centre. Beside his activities in the Czech Republic, plans for the future include concerts a.o. in Belgium, Germany, France, Mexico, China and Cuba.

October 2017