WFIU’s featured performer for January is Uriel Segal, principal guest conductor and adjunct senior lecturer in orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Uriel Segal was born in Jerusalem in 1944. He won First Prize at the 1969 International Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York, and invitations to conduct several prominent American and European orchestras followed. He made his operatic conducting debut in 1973 with a performance of The Flying Dutchman at the Santa Fe Opera. This led to further opportunities to conduct operas in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, and the United States.
Over the course of his career, Segal has led many orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Warsaw Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, and Spanish National Orchestra. In the U.S. he has conducted the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, and Rochester. He also frequently conducts the Israel Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony.
Segal founded and led the Century Orchestra in Osaka, Japan for eight years and still serves as their Laureate Conductor. The year 2007 marked his eighteenth and final season as music director of the renowned Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York State.
In February of 2009, Segal conducted the Japanese premiere of Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre in Tokyo with the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theater, and he made his debut appearance in the Republic of Korea with the Bussan Philharmonic.
WFIU will feature performances by Uriel Segal throughout the month of January.