Zukerman leaves NACO in 2015
Pinchas Zukerman will be stepping down from his post as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2015. The NAC made the announcement in Ottawa on March 6. By the time he leaves, Zukerman will have been with the orchestra for 16 years covering four contracts—the longest-serving conductor in NACO’s history. Zuckerman took over the helm in 1999. He expanded the orchestra’s educational and touring programs, increased the number of full-time musicians, and is credited with improving subscriptions and ticket sales through his own star attraction and by bringing in top international soloists, including Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman and Jessye Norman. He also became something of an Ottawa celebrity, attending hockey games and social events with NACO principal cellist Amanda Forsyth, whom he married in Anguilla in 2004. The 64-year-old conductor has not announced what his post-NACO plans will be, nor has the orchestra begun the official search for his replacement.