Approaching 20th anniversary, The Solti Foundation U.S. announces the tenth recipient of The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Evanston, IL – 2019 marks a milestone for The Solti Foundation U.S. as it celebrates its 19th anniversary and awards its tenth The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Coveted not only for the amount of the grant – $30,000, but for the door-opening introductions to renowned organizations such as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as the career support the organization offers, The Solti Fellow, as it is also known, is the largest of its kind awarded to young American conductors in the United States.

Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S., and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and¬†Awards Committee Chair announced today the Foundation’s tenth Solti Fellow to Yaniv Dinur, Associate Conductor of Wisconsin’s 60-year-old Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of Massachusetts’ 104-year-old New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

“Yaniv Dinur is a young conductor whose career we have followed closely since first awarding him a Career Assistance Award in 2016. It is with pleasure that we announce him as the 2019 Solti Fellow,” stated Ms. Van Horn. “Yaniv has continued to go from strength to strength, growing in experience. We look forward to watching the continued development of his career nationally and abroad.”

Artistic and Awards Committee Chair Elizabeth Buccheri said, “On behalf of the Artistic and Awards Committee, congratulations Yaniv! You are a wonderful example of the talented musicians The Solti Foundation U.S. has assisted over the past 19 years; young American conductors who are dedicated to honing their craft.”

Recipients of The Solti Fellow may use the financial grant in various ways to further his/her career, whether it be further studies, language study, purchases of scores, travel, etc. The Award also brings door-opening introductions within the industry and valuable access to mentors. The Foundation’s Board of Directors comprises experts from all areas of the classical music industry.

Yaniv Dinur has served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since fall 2015 and is currently in his second season as Music Director of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming guest conducting highlights include subscription debuts with the symphonies of Houston and Fort Worth and at the Peninsula Music Festival, as well as a return to the San Diego Symphony. Among the orchestras that Dinur has conducted are the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Camerata, Jerusalem Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Solisti di Perugia, Torino Philharmonic, Portugal Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta Filarm√≥nica de la UNAM in Mexico, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Among his numerous awards are two Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards (2017, 2016), 2nd Prize at Mexico’s 2009 Mata International Conducting Competition, and the Yuri Ahronovitch 1st Prize in Israel’s 2005 Aviv Conducting Competition. In 201l, Dinur was selected by the League of American Orchestras as one of five conductors presented at the Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview. A trained pianist born in Jerusalem, Dinur studied conducting with Dr. Evgeny Zirlin and Professor Mendi Rodan at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. In 2007, he moved to the United States to study with Prof. Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting. (Full bio and high res photos attached below.)

About The Solti Foundation U.S.

Now in its fifteenth year of assisting outstanding young U.S. conductors to further develop their talent and careers, The Solti Foundation U.S. is the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young conductors.

Established in 2000 to honor the memory of the legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti by lending significant support to career-ready young American musicians, in 2004, the Foundation concentrated the focus of its award program to solely assist talented young American conductors early in their professional careers (its original mission was of a more general arts nature). Since then, it has awarded over $500,000 in grants to American conductors.

The Foundation endeavors to seek out those musicians who have chosen to follow a path similar to that followed by Sir Georg himself. In keeping with the spirit of Sir Georg’s active approach to his career, young conductors must apply to be considered for the awards.

While dedicated to identifying and assisting young conductors early on, the Foundation is also concerned with the long-term development of its award recipients, continuing to offer support and maintaining a constant interest in their growth and achievements.

The Foundation currently awards the following grants annually:

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. The largest grant currently given to American conductors in the formative years of their careers, the prestigious $30,000 grant is given annually to a single promising American conductor 38 years of age or younger. The Award, also known as The Solti Fellow, includes door-opening introductions, ongoing professional mentoring, and introductions to two of Chicago’s most prestigious performing organizations: Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Past recipients include Roderick Cox, Christopher Allen, Karina Canellakis, Vladimir Kulenovic, Cristian Macelaru, James Feddeck, Case Scaglione, Eric Nielsen, and Anthony Barrese.

The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. The amount of the Career Assistance Awards varies.

The Elizabeth Buccheri Opera Residency. Introduced in the 2014-15 season, the program places former award recipients with a distinguished opera house for one-on-one mentoring and coaching of an opera during the company’s professional season. Recipients have worked with numerous stellar opera companies renowned for their artistic excellence across the country, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Michigan Opera Theatre. Conductors cannot apply but are instead selected by the Artistic and Awards Committee.

The Foundation is currently the only American Foundation to grant these kinds of awards each year to young American conductors. Citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are career-ready artists in the field of conducting are eligible to apply.

Applicants for all Solti Foundation U.S. awards must be able to demonstrate that he/she is developing a career as a symphonic/operatic conductor. All applications from The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award are considered for a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. Applications are reviewed by an awards committee comprised of a panel of professionals with broad musical and conducting experience. The Foundation reserves the right to withhold a grant in any given year if the Awards Committee does not find suitable applicants in one or more of the various award categories.

For further details on The Solti Foundation U.S., its past awardees, their biographical information, the Foundation’s newsletter, as well as guidelines for the upcoming 2020 Awards, and a downloadable application form, please visit the Foundation’s website at:

Click here for Dropbox link to pdf of this release and biography and photos.

Details regarding the 2019 U.S. Career Assistance Awards will be announced in the near future.