Since winning the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in 2013, Lahav Shani has been hailed as one of today’s most promising young conductors.
It all began in 1995, when he started piano lessons at the age of six in his native city of Tel Aviv. He went on to complete his musical training at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, studying piano with Fabio Bidini and conducting with Christian Ehwald. In recent years, Shani has been mentored by Daniel Barenboim.
His close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 2007, when he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Zubin Mehta; in 2013, he conducted the same orchestra himself for the first time.
Following his sensational 2014 debut with the Berlin Staatskapelle, Shani was invited to conduct La bohème at the Berlin State Opera in 2016. His 2015 performance with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, in which he conducted Bach’s Concerto in D minor from the piano, garnered high acclaim.
Starting in the 2017–18 season, he will assume the post of principal guest conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and will succeed Yannick Nézet-Séguin as chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2018.
Shani is making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2017–18 season.