Ensemble Inégal in SWR und beim Bodenseefestival 2015
Konzert am 9.5.2015 in Basilika Weingarten
Austrahlung am 30.5. um 19:05 in SWR2
Artists > Conductors
Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Ronald ZOLLMAN began his musical training at the age of four.
After attending the courses of the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels, he became
a pupil of Igor Markevitch and Nadia Boulanger in 1967, in Paris.
Since 1973, his career has expanded rapidly. He appeared as a guest conductor with the
best orchestras on all continents : BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse
Romande, Residentie Orchestra, Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks, Scottish Chamber
Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony
Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Swedish Radio Orchestra, .... He has been the guest
of major European festivals, such as Edinburgh, Flanders, Warsaw Autumn, Festival Estival
in Paris, Gulbenkian in Lisbon and London Proms.
Ronald ZOLLMAN not only dedicates himself to the great symphonic works of the traditional
repertoire : he is very active in the field of opera and is also particularly noted for his
commitment to contemporary music. Zollman has a rising reputation as an opera conductor :
he conducted with great success a large number of performances at the Belgian National
Opera (a.o. Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, La Bohème, Albert Herring and A Rake’s
Progress) ; in 1984 he made an acclaimed debut at London’s English National Opera with La
Traviata, which was soon followed with performances of The Turn of the Screw with The
Scottish Opera. For the BBC he recorded Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg, and the
performances of Don Giovanni that he led at the Banff Summer Festival were considered as
the highlight of this Canadian major event. In the USA, he is known for his performances of
French romantic operas, such as Manon, Cendrillon or Roméo et Juliette.
As far as contemporary music is concerned, Ronald ZOLLMAN has worked regularly with
the London Sinfonietta, and at Pierre Boulez’s request, he conducted the Ensemble
InterContemporain in Paris, for the first of many times in 1982.
From 1989 till 1993, Ronald ZOLLMAN was Musical Director of the National Orchestra of
Belgium, a position he then held since 1993 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM in
Mexico City. In September 2002 he took the Music Directorship and Principal
Conductorship of the Northern Israel Symphony, Haifa. In September 2009 onward, he
became Director of Orchestral Studies at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh.
During the last years Ronald ZOLLMAN added several CDs to his discography :
following Mahler’s First Symphony with the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales,
recorded live in Berlin, there were recordings with the National Orchestra of Catalunya, the
Basler Sinfonie Orchester, the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Northern Sinfonia, the
Swedish Chamber Orchestra, with his own orchestra in Mexico City and with the Czech
Philharmonic Orchestra. Also active in the world of film music, Ronald ZOLLMAN recorded
the soundtrack for “Le Maître de Musique” (“The Master of Music”), the award-winning
motion picture featuring José Van Dam, a nominee for the Best Foreign Picture at the
Academy Awards in Hollywood. The musical quality of this particular soundtrack was
recognized with the award of a Golden Record