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. Among his conducting teachers in London were Sir Adrian
Boult, Jascha Horenstein, Sir Colin Davis and Vilem Tausky. After seeing him
conduct, Maestro Otto Klemperer made him his assistant.
Yuval Zaliouk began his
professional career 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 Covent Garden and on European tours.
Yuval Zaliouk won two
important international conducting prizes: First prize in the 1967
International Conducting Competition in Besancon, France, and second prize
in The Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conductors Competition in New York
In 1975, Maestro Zaliouk
was given the task of rebuilding the then defunct Haifa Symphony Orchestra
in Israel, his home town. 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.
In 1995 Maestro Zaliouk
was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Raanana Symphonette in
Israel, an orchestra comprised mainly of top ex-patriate players from the
Yuval Zaliouk has
conducted extensively in England, Germany, Israel, France, Spain,
Scandinavia, Australia, Canada and the USA. Among the many orchestras he
conducted are The Israel Philharmonic, The Bournemouth Symphony, The Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic, The Philharmonia Orchestra,
The Tokyo Symphony, The Berlin Symphony, The NDR in Hannover, the Stuttgart
Radio Orchestra, The Helsinki Philharmonic, The Oslo Philharmonic, The
Madrid National Symphony, The Portuguese National Orchestra, The Memphis
Symphony and The Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Zaliouk, his wife
Susan, formerly a Royal Ballet ballerina, and his children Adam and Tamar,
reside in Maumee (Toledo), Ohio and Raanana, Israel.