Now an accomplished globe-trotting conductor, 41-year-old Ariel Zuckermann says he had absolutely nothing to do with kick-starting his classical music career path.
“One day I came home from the kindergarten, I was five years old, and there was a piano in the house,” he recalls. “My brother and I – he’s two years older than me – began to mess around on the keyboard, and a few days later we got a Russian piano teacher. That’s how it all started.”
Zuckermann might have added “and the rest is history” because he never looked back from that unscheduled start to performing music. These days, Zuckermann spends much of his time in Germany, but he will be back on his old stomping ground on July 30-31, when he conducts the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Jerusalem Theater on July 30 and at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv on July 31, under the auspices of the Jerusalem Music Centre.