Born in Tel Aviv and trained in the USA, conductor and pianist Israel Gursky made his professional conducting debut in 2007 leading criticallyacclaimed performances of Don Giovanni at the Washington National Opera. He has guest-conducted with the Los Angeles Opera, Teatro de Bellas Artes and the Cervantino Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Maine, Opera Birmingham, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Music. In recital he has collaborated with renowned singers including Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kate Aldrich, Eric Cutler and Bejun Mehta. He has worked regularly with Plácido Domingo and conducted many of Mr. Domingo’s concerts throughout the world. In recent years, he has been a frequent guest with the Salzburg Festival’s prestigious Young Singers Project and has collaborated with the Neue Stimmen and Operalia competitions. As music director of NYC’s Teatro Grattacielo since 2012 he has led US-Premieres of several important 20th century operas. He was Kapellmeister of Theater Regensburg in Germany from 2014-2017 and Kapellmeister of Theater Bremen from 2017-2019. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University and the Rubin Academy of Music, and has trained at the Tanglewood Music Center, Merola Opera Program and the Verbier Festival’s Academy. He studied conducting with Otto-Werner Müller, Kenneth Kiesler and David Gilbert, piano with Arie Vardi and Gilbet Kalish, and accompanying with Thomas Muraco and Dalton Baldwin.