Since winning first prize in the Cantelli Conducting Competition at the age of 26, Eliahu Inbal has enjoyed an international career, conducting leading orchestras worldwide. Over the years, he has been appointed principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester), Teatro La Fenice in Venice, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Czech Philharmonic and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, who named him Conductor Laureate in 2014.
During his tenure with the hr-Sinfonieorchester (1974-1990), whose honorary conductor he remains today, Eliahu Inbal distinguished himself as an outstanding musical personality of our time. The charismatic Israeli conductor, who lives in Paris, received international acclaim for his interpretations of Mahler and Bruckner on a number of award-winning recordings (Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque) and was the first to record the original versions of Bruckner’s symphonies. He has received special recognition for his interpretations of Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonies in particular.
2016 marked Eliahu Inbal’s 80th birthday and included honorary concerts at the Vienna Musikverein, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Teatro La Fenice. In 2017, a performance of Bruckner’s Eighth followed at the Philharmonie de Paris as well as Mahler’s Eighth at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg shortly after its opening, as well as a tour to Seoul and Japan with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In spring 2018 he will return to Asia for two months, on the invitation of orchestras including the China Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Singapore Symphony.
His operatic engagements have taken him to opera houses all over Europe and Eliahu Inbal’s extensive discography includes the complete symphonic works of Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Ravel, Schumann, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and the Second Viennese School.
Born in Israel, Eliahu Inbal studied violin and composition at the Jerusalem Music Academy before completing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris on the recommendation of Leonard Bernstein. His teachers there included Louis Fourestier, Olivier Messiaen and Nadia Boulanger. He was also greatly influenced by Franco Ferrara in Hilversum (Netherlands) and Sergiu Celibidache in Siena (Italy).