Internationally acclaimed conductor, Nir Kabaretti, has been recently appointed Music Director of the Israel Sinfonietta Be'er Sheva and continues his tenure as Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in California and the South West Florida Symphony. Described as “a conductor with immense musicality and warm personality” by Maestro Zubin Mehta, Kabaretti has earned an impressive reputation across continents for his command of a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire, and his profound knowledge of and sensitivity to the music he conducts.
Education & Early History
Born in Israel, Kabaretti began piano lessons at the age of six, later studied piano and conducting at The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, and continued his education at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he graduated from in 1995
Upon his graduation, Kabaretti began working as coach and chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He subsequently advanced to positions as Assistant to the Music Mirector at the Teatro Real in Madrid and personal assistant to Maestro Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy.
He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel in 2002 and its Music Director till 2008.
Collaborations and Appearances
Maestro Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians, leading opera houses, and renowned orchestras. Some of his collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Hélène Grimaud.
As guest conductor, Kabaretti keeps a busy international schedule throughout the year. Some of his appearances have included the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orquestre National du Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orquestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “La Verdi”, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra of Rishon Le Tzion, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester, La Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, La Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Real Orchesta Sinfònica de Sevilla and the Bochumer Symphoniker. In July 2010, Kabaretti debuted at the summer season of the Caracalla Roman Bath in Rome for Prokofiev’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
Kabaretti’s operatic experience includes productions at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Macbeth, Il Trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, The Journey to Rheims),Teatro Real in Madrid (Cenerentola, Die Walküre), The Israeli Opera (Fidelio, Manon Lescaut), Opéra de Lausanne (Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Die Fledermaus, Falstaff), Avenches Festival (Nabucco, Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly), The New National Theatre in Tokyo (The Barber of Seville), Opera Santa Barbara (Carmen) and the Puccini Festival (Madama Butterfly), in Torre del Lago, Italy. He conducted The Diary of Anne Frank by Fried, a guest production of the Vienna State Opera performed at both the Bregenz Festival and Expo 2000 in Hannover. In 2005, Kabaretti lead Teatro San Carlo di Napoli on its first tour to Japan, conducting Il Trovatore both in Kyoto and Tokyo.
During the 2004-05 season, Kabaretti made his debut at Teatro alla Scala di Milano with Tchaikowsky´s The Nutcracker. In 2007 he was invited again for the ballet production of Mendelssohn's Midsummer night's Dream (broadcasted by Italian television RAI, and released as a commercial DVD).
Maestro Kabaretti received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant for Young Conductors. In 1993, he won the Forum Junger Künstler Conducting Competition in Vienna. In 1994 he was among the finalists in the International Competition for Conductors in Douai, France.
Nir Kabaretti speaks fluently English, Italian, German, Spanish and Hebrew.