Segal, Uriel

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Segal, Uriel

Segal, Uriel, Israeli conductor; b. Jerusalem, March 7, 1944. He studied violin in childhood. After training at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, he studied conducting with Mendi Rodan at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (1966–69). In 1969 he made his conducting debut in Copenhagen, the same year that he won first prize in the Mitropoulos Competition in N.Y. In 1969–70 he was an asst. conductor of the N.Y. Phil. He made his debut as an opera conductor in 1973 with Der fliegende Holländer at the Santa Fe Opera. From 1980 to 1983 he was principal conductor of the Bournemouth Sym. Orch., and from 1981 to 1985 he was chief conductor of the Philharmonia Hungarica in Mar-lkreis Recklinghausen. In 1989 he became music director of the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Sym. Orch. He also was chief conductor of the Century Orch. Osaka in Japan from 1989 to 1998. Segal was principal conductor of the Louisville Orch. from 1995 to 1998, and then served as its music director from 1998.

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