Yuval Zaliouk, Conductor

Yuval Zaliouk began his musical education at home with his musician parents and at The Haifa Academy of Music where he studied piano, trombone and percussion. He graduated with distinction.

After service with the Israeli Army, he graduated in law at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem while simultaneously studying conducting with Mendi Rodan at The Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. In 1965 he took first place in The America - Israel Cultural Foundation Conducting Competition, winning a scholarship to study advanced conducting at The Guildhall School of Music in London.

Career Beginnings

Yuval Zaliouk’s career started in 1966 in London as conductor of the Royal Ballet Company, where for four years he conducted extensively for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in the Covent Garden and on European tours.


Yuval Zaliouk won two important international conducting prizes: First prize in the Besancon, France, International Conductors Competition in 1967 and second prize in The Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conductors Competition in New York in 1970.


In 1975, Maestro Zaliouk took the task of rebuilding the then defunct Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. It was largely due to his musical and organizational capabilities that the Haifa Symphony returned to its place as one of the three major orchestras in Israel. Mr. Zaliouk also held directorship positions with The Opera Studio in Paris and The Edmonton Symphony in Canada.

In 1980, Mr. Zaliouk was appointed Music Director and Conductor of The Toledo Symphony in Ohio, USA, a position he held for nine years. During that time, The Toledo Symphony underwent significant expansion and revival. New concert series were added, audiences increased and programming diversified. Mr. Zaliouk gained national reputation as a champion of American and contemporary music, while at the same time tripling the Orchestras’ subscribers. For this achievement, Mr. Zaliouk and the Orchestra won the coveted first prize ASCAP Award for Progressive Programming. Mr. Zaliouk was appointed Conductor Laureate of The Toledo Symphony at the end of his tenure.

Yuval ZalioukExperienced

Yuval Zaliouk has conducted extensively in England, Germany, Israel, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada and the USA. In more recent seasons he has conducted, among others, such orchestras as The Israel Philharmonic, The Bournemouth Symphony, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Tokyo Symphony, The Berlin Symphony, The NDR in Hannover, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, The Memphis Symphony, The Portugese National Orchestra and The Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

From September 1996 to 2001, Mr. Zaliouk was the Music Director and Conductor of the famous Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel. He continues to guest conduct in many countries, including, in 2000/01, Spain, Italy, France, South Africa, Russia, Israel and the USA.

Mr. Zaliouk, his wife Susan, formerly a Royal Ballet ballerina, and his children Adam and Tamar, reside in Maumee (Toledo), Ohio and Raanana, Israel.

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