Internationally acclaimed conductor Nir Kabaretti is the music and artistic director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in California. He has earned an impressive reputation across continents for his command of a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire, and his profound knowledge of and sensitivity to the music he conducts.
Born in Israel, Kabaretti began piano lessons at the age of six, later studied piano and conducting at The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, and continued his education at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Upon graduation, Kabaretti began working as coach and chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He subsequently advanced to positions as assistant to the music director at the Teatro Real in Madrid and personal assistant to Maestro Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. He also served as principal conductor and later music director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel.
Maestro Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians, leading opera houses, and renowned orchestras. Some of his collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Salvatore Licitra.
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