“…under Segal’s baton, it was by far the most enthralling part of the concert [Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra]. In fact, it was a more exciting and edifying performance than any recording with which I’m familiar, even Lutoslawski’s own.”
Born in Jerusalem in 1944, Uri Segal is currently in his eighth season serving as Principal Guest Conductor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is also Laureate Conductor of the Century Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, an orchestra he founded and led for eight years. In addition, he has served as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra, Music Director of the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, Principal Conductor of both the Philharmonia Hungarica and Bournemouth Symphony, Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony.
After winning First Prize at the International Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York in 1969, invitations followed for guest appearances with major European and American orchestras. In Europe, Mr. Segal has led, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw, Spanish National Symphony and the Stockholm Philharmonic. In the USA and Canada,he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Rochester. In Israel, Mr. Segal frequently conducts the Israel Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony. Recent guest appearances include the Brussels Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizera Italiana, the Paris Conservatoire Laureates Orchestra, Philharmonia of London, Seville Orchestra, and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
In 1973, Uri Segal made his operatic debut conducting The Flying Dutchman at Santa Fe and has since conducted opera in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Israel and the USA. In February 2009, he conducted the Japanese premiere of Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre in Tokyo with the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre, and debuted in the Republic of Korea with the Bussan Philharmonic.
Uri Segal has recorded for London-Decca and for EMI with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, The Philharmonia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Bournemouth Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and the Century Orchestra Osaka, with soloists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Radu Lupu, Alicia de Larrocha and Rudolf Firkusny.