Lahav Shani has established himself as one of the most talked about youngconducting talents making a huge impression with his astonishing maturity andnatural, instinctive musicality. In September 2018 he takes over as Chief Conductor ofthe Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, succeeding Yannick Nézet-Séguin andbecoming the youngest Chief Conductor in the orchestra’s history. In the 2020/21season, Shani will succeed Zubin Mehta as Music Director of the Israel PhilharmonicOrchestra, and will be the orchestra’s Music Director Designate from 2019/20. In the 2017/18 season, Shani became Principal Guest Conductor of the ViennaSymphony Orchestra, following a number of appearances with the orchestra since hisdebut in May 2015, including a major European tour in January 2016. Shani alsoworks regularly with the Berlin Staatskapelle, both at the Berlin Staatsoper and alsofor symphonic concerts. In spring 2019 he will return to conduct “Don Giovanni” at theBerlin Staatsoper. Recent and upcoming highlights as a guest conductor include engagements with theVienna Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, LondonSymphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle,Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Boston Symphony,Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris,Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker andOrchestre Philharmonique de RadioFrance. Shani’s close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic started in 2007 when heperformed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta andcontinued in the following years as both a pianist and also as a double-bass player. Shani was born in Tel Aviv in 1989 and started his piano studies aged six with HannahShalgi, continuing with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in TelAviv. He went on to complete his studies in conducting with Prof. Christian Ehwaldand piano with Prof. Fabio Bidini, both at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Whilst a student he was mentored by Daniel Barenboim. In 2013 he won First Prize inthe Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg.
As a pianist Shani made his solo recital debut at the Boulez Saal in Berlin in July2018. He has play-directed piano concerti with many orchestras including thePhilharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique deRadio France. Recent concerto engagements include appearances with the RoyalConcertgebouw Orchestra and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud andGautier Capuçon with the Israel Philharmonic. Shani also has considerableexperience performing chamber music appearing recently at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Verbier Festival.