"Time and again he elicited from the musicians of the Radio Philharmonic moments of unusual and surprising nuance, so that at times one felt one was hearing the all too familiar "Pastoral" as if for the first time.
There were well-deserved bravos for Atzmon's compelling but completely unpretentious conducting." (Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR)
Moshe Atzmon has been Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (he is now their Conductor Laureate), Basel Orchestra Society, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul. He was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Bretagne in January 2004. Moshe Atzmon was born in Hungary where he began his musical education in Budapest.
When he was thirteen his family emigrated to Israel where he continued at the Academies of Music in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem studying the cello, horn, conducting and composition and on graduating he was for several years a professional orchestral horn player. In 1960 he took up his conducting studies again at the Guildhall School of Music in London, working with the late Antal Dorati and three years later he took second prize at the Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York and the Leonard Bernstein Prize at Tanglewood.
In 1964 he was awarded the First Prize at the Liverpool International Conducting Competition and since then Moshe Atzmon has conducted in all the important music centres of the world working with many of the great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the major London Orchestras. In addition to symphonic work, Moshe Atzmon is well-known in the opera house. He was General Music Director of the Dortmund Opera for several years and has conducted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Basel State Opera and Royal Danish Opera amongst others. His many recordings have been mainly with Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and EMI.