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.
Yuval Zaliouks 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
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 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.