Yi-An Xu, conductor
Yi-An Xu was born in Shanghai in 1979. He is a senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University, having been a faculty member of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, since 2005, serving as a lecturer of Orchestra Conducting, coach of the Vocal Department and pianist/conductor of the School's opera productions. He has apperaed as guest conductor with leading Israeli orchestras, among them the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, Israel Stage Orchestra, Israel Contemporary Players and the Israel Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He also regularly conducts concerts with the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra. Yi-An Xu has served as conductor and opera coach for many orchestras, opera companies and institutions around the world since his teenage years. He was resident conductor of the Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor at the Shanghai Opera House, Coach at the Chiari International Opera Master Class in Italy and guest co-repetiteur at the Elder School of Music, University of Adelaide in Australia. He was a finalist in the 2004 Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain and was awarded the Dan Ben-Bassat Memorial Prize at the Rubin Academy of Music. Yi-An Xu has recorded 10 CDs with the Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra for the prestigious China Record label. In the role of either conductor or opera coach, Yi-An Xu has assisted and personally collarborated with internationally-acclaimed musicians, including Maestro Kurt Masur, Maestro Zubin Mehta, Charles Spencer, Hartmut Höll, Thomas Hampson and Hilde Zadek. Yi-An Xu is married to Israeli conductor Talia Ilan.