Noam Zur


Noam Zur


Noam Zur


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Born into a family of musicians, Noam Zur is a conductor with over 20 years of international experience.

He has been music director of numerous orchestras and festivals in Germany, Croatia, and Argentina. 

Recent and Upcoming Highlights


Highlights of Maestro Zur’s 2022-23 conducting season include the launch of his CD Alchemy for Naxos, his Greek debut with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Rzeszów Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, and his Southeast Asian conducting debut with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila, amongst others.

In November 2023 he is invited to give his debut with the Orquestra Filarmônica de Goiás in Brazil. Further highlights of 2023-2024 include his return to the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra and a special concert with soloist Philippe Quint in the Łancut Music Festival in Poland.

Composition and Orchestration

In 2022, Kenneth Woods commissioned Noam Zur to write a chamber orchestra arrangement of William Grant Still’s “Dismal Swamp”. In July 2022, the English Symphony Orchestra gave the world première of this orchestration under the direction of Maestro Woods. His orchestration is published by the Theodore Presser Company.

September 9th, 2023

Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic, Rzeszow, Poland

Special Concert commemorating the Beatification of the Ulma family

National Philharmonic Choir Warsaw
Alon Harari – Countertenor
L. Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Live TV-Broadcast on TVP

May 10th, 2024

Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic, Rzeszow, Poland

Philippe Quint, Violin
Charlie Chaplin Celebration Part of the Muzyczny Festiwal w Łańcucie 2024

June 7th, 2024

Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, Mexico

Benjamin Harris, Double Bass

Z. Kodaly – A Summer’s Evening
G. Bottesini – Double Bass Concerto
A. Dvorak – Symphony No. 6




June 28th, 2024

Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic, Rzeszow, Poland

Fabio Brum, Trumpet

Season Closing Gala


 W.A. Mozart – Posthornserenade
A. Vivaldi – Agitata da due venti
G. Roberto – Tokyo Suite
M. Zur – Adagio for Trumpet and Orchestra
J.B. Arban (orch. N. Zur) – Fantaisie Brillante (world premiere)


Play with sound

P. I. Tchaikovsky,
Symphony No. 6, 2nd movement

Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta, Argentina

Play with sound

B. Bartók,
The miraculous mandarin (excerpt)

Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, México

Born into a family of musicians, Noam Zur started learning piano and trombone in childhood, before deciding to study conducting at the age of 15. During his studies at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, he also took lessons in double-bass and minored in Philosophy at the Tel-Aviv University. Between 2006 and 2008 he had the honour of working as an assistant to Mo. Pierre Boulez within the framework of the “Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra”.

Although having started his musical journey in a purely symphonic background, Noam Zur is equally at home in the opera pit as he is on the concert stage. With more than 20 years of professional experience, his repertoire includes about 50 operas and more than 450 symphonic works.

Noam Zur’s family background is international and multilingual. His mother’s family fled from Germany and Austria to Argentina in 1938, where his mother was born. His father’s family emigrated from Eastern Europe to Israel. Noam Zur holds a dual citizenship and grew up with four native languages (Hebrew, English, German, and Spanish).

After holding a series of Kapellmeister and assistantship jobs in the German-speaking region of Europe, Noam Zur greatly increased his international activities in the decade preceding the coronavirus pandemic. He has directed orchestras on five continents as a guest conductor, and has held music directorships in Germany, Croatia, and Argentina. Being  Director Titular ” of the Salta State Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, he treasured the opportunity to be close to his last surviving grandparent in Buenos Aires during the last few years of her life.

While focusing his main artistic work in Europe and Israel, Noam Zur continues to cultivate his international activities well beyond those borders. He firmly believes that classical music is a globally understood art form which belongs to all humanity, regardless of cultural boundaries. His commitment to sharing this passion regularly leads him to appear with orchestras and opera companies on five continents and to engage with diverse audiences, making classical music accessible to EVERYONE.

Noam Zur is also active as a composer and arranger. His composition  A Month of Sundays (Hommage á Steve Reich)” for solo violin and live electronics was premiered by the zamus Köln in a live-streamed concert in December 2020. In August 2016 he recorded his own orchestration of Debussy’s “Preludes (Livre I)” with the WDR Funkhausorchester Köln for the German radio.
His arrangement for chamber orchestra of William Grant Still’s “Dismal Swamp” was commissioned in 2022 by Maestro Kenneth Woods. In July 2022, the English Symphony Orchestra gave the world première of this orchestration under the direction of Maestro Woods. The orchestration is published by the Theodore Presser Company.
Noam Zur has recorded for Classic Concert Records and Naxos. He has also recorded extensively for radio, TV, and Internet streams across Europe and Israel, as well as Middle and South America.
In addition to his conducting activities, Noam Zur is also an avid educator, having led masterclasses and having held guest-professorships in Europe, Israel, and Latin America. He is often invited to be a jury member for competitions and for academic institutions.
Outside of his musical engagements Noam Zur enjoys cooking, philosophy, archaeology, glassworks, and archery.