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Originally from Israel, Yaniv Attar is the First Prize winner of the Budapest Duna Szimfonikus Conducting Competition, multiple winner of the Sir Georg Solti Foundation Prize and the 2009 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Prize. Attar is the musical director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, and an artistic partner of Northwest Sinfonietta.

Highlights of his recent concert seasons included collaborations with the likes of Alesio Bax, James Ehnes, Tine Thing Helseth, Sharon Isbin, Alex Klein, Jennifer Koh, Johannes Moser, Jon Kimura Parker and Gil Shaham. In 2015, Attar was one of 10 conductors from around the world who were invited to INTERACTION and conducted an orchestra composed of all the major orchestras in Germany, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Before taking up his position as current Music Director, Attar concluded his two-year residency as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted nearly 100 performances and worked extensively with Maestro Justin Brown. Attracted to conducting from an early age, Attar studied with Israel Edelson in Jerusalem, Virginia Allen at the Juilliard School in New York, and Neil Thomson at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was also associate conductor and co-founder of the Chamber Orchestra. Tempus.

In 2008, Attar earned his Doctor of Music degree from McGill University, where he studied under Alexis Hauser. Attar has also studied with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Janos Fürst, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Johannes Schlaefli, Peter Gülke, Gabor Hollerung, Neil Varon, Carl St. Clair, David Effron, Donald Thulean, and Michael Jurowski.

Attar has appeared as a guest conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony, Duna Szimfonikus and the Budapest Dohnányi Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Haifa Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali Milan Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony , Lithuanian State Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Memphis and Milwaukee Symphonies, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Romanian Mihail Jora Philharmonic, Washington and Ireland National Symphonies, Northwest Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra of Reno, Rochester Philharmonic, Russe Philharmonic of Bulgaria, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and the Virginia Symphony.

Attar is also an accomplished classical guitarist. In that capacity he studied with Irit Even-Tov, Charles Ramirez, and Sharon Isbin, for whom he served as a teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival from 2003 to 2005. Attar was the first guitarist to win the Aviv Competition Award in Israel and the Juilliard School Concert Competition. His guitar was made by José Ramírez in 1973.

His studies have been generously supported by the Israel Cultural Foundations in the United States and Canada, the Williamson Foundation for Music, the Ronen Foundation, the Olga Forrai Foundation of New York, the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, the AVI Switzerland Scholarships, the Rislov Foundation and the ISEF Foundation.

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