Adjudicator: 1998, 2008
Uri Segal was born in Jerusalem in 1944.This year marks his eighteenth season as Music Director of the renowned Chautauqua Festival in New York State. Segal is Laureate Conductor of Century Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, an orchestra he founded and led for 8 years. He served as Music Director of the Louisville, KY Orchestra for 6 years, was Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Hungarica and the Bournemouth Symphony, Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony.
Segal currently serves as Principal Guest Conductor at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington.
His winning of the First Prize at the International Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York in 1969 was followed by invitations for guest appearances with major European and American orchestras. He conducts regularly in Europe, Japan, the USA, Canada and Brazil. In Europe, Segal has conducted, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Warsaw Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic and Spanish National. In the USA and Canada, he has conducted the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Montreal, and Rochester. In Israel, he frequently conducts the Israel Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony.
In 1973 Segal made his operatic debut conducting “The Flying Dutchman” at Santa Fe and has since conducted opera in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Israel and the USA.
Most recent guest appearances include the Hamburg Symphony, D?sseldorf Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Rochester Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and London Philharmonia, the orchestra of the Paris Conservatoire National.
Segal has recorded for London-Decca and for EMI with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Bournemouth Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and Century Orchestra Osaka, and with soloists Vladimir Ashkenazi, Radu Lupu, Alicia de Larocha and Rudolf Firkusny.