Shalom Bard

Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor

Shalom Bard

Shalom Bard is Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), a role he initially undertook as the first RBC Resident Conductor with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) from 2012 to 2014. He is also the conductor of the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra.

Shalom made his TSO conducting début in October 2012, with Maxim Vengerov performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and his US début as a guest conductor with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Prior to his residency with the TSO, Shalom served as Resident Conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia during the 2011/2012 season under Bernhard Gueller. Other previous appointments include three seasons as Assistant Conductor for Educational Concerts with the Herbert Zipper Orchestra of Los Angeles, and a season as Conductor of the Mooredale Youth Orchestra in Toronto. His guest conducting engagements have included the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Talisker Players, and most recently, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London. In 2011 he was presented with a fellowship award from the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.

Born in Haifa, Israel, Shalom holds Master’s degrees in orchestral conducting and clarinet performance from McGill University and the University of Southern California, respectively. As a clarinetist, he was a former member of the TSYO. One of his career highlights was an invitation by Zubin Mehta to be Acting Principal Clarinet with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2001/02 season. Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, the two-time Chalmers Award winner has collaborated with some of Canada’s leading ensembles and orchestras. Shalom has previously played as a soloist with a number of orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.

Current as of January 2016

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