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Born in 1936
Inducted in 2012
Born in 1936 in New York, David Zinman first studied the violin at the age of 6. Later, he graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Ohio and pursued advanced work in composition at the University of Minnesota. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters David Zinman then studied conducting at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center. There, he came to the attention of Pierre Monteux, who, in 1961, invited him to be his assistant with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was given his first important conducting opportunities and at the 1963 Holland Festival, David Zinman was hailed by critics as a major conducting discovery.In 1964 David Zinman became one of the youngest conductors of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam where he stayed until 1977. His success in Holland soon led to his appointment as conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1979 -1982. David Zinman was then made Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic 1974-1985, where he made numerous recordings and tours, and his reputation in the States was established.