American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane is a visionary whose creative concepts and outstanding artistic merits have garnered respect in both artistic circles and in the realm of cultural politics.
A student of Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara, and Gary Bertini, he quickly set off for an international career and served as music director of the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera North in Leeds, and the American Composers Orchestra, as principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as artistic director of “Ruhr.2010” Capital of Culture, and as principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the Malmö Opera.
From 1994 to 2021, Steven Sloane has been general music director of the Bochum Symphony, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras. He was instrumental in the building and realisation of the orchestra’s own music centre, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, inaugurating the hall in 2016 to international acclaim. In September 2020, Steven Sloane took up his new post as music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Steven Sloane is a frequent guest with prestigious orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a sought-after opera conductor, he has been welcomed at houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as at festivals in Hong Kong, Santa Fe, Salzburg, and New York, among others.
Mentoring young musicians has always been important to Steven Sloane. He has regularly conducted youth orchestras such as Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundesjugendorchester, and Young Israel Philharmonic, and since 2013 he has served as professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, where he founded the International Conducting Academy Berlin.