ATZMON, MOSHE (1931– ), Israeli conductor. Atzmon was born in Hungary and immigrated to Israel in 1944. He studied piano and horn and graduated in composition and conducting in Tel Aviv (1962) and at the Guildhall in London. He won several international prizes such as the gsm school's conducting prize (1963) and the international conducting competition sponsored by the Royal Liverpool po (1964). From 1969 to 1971, he was chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Australia), and in 1972 he became chief conductor of the Hamburg (ndr) Radio Symphony Orchestra and of the Basel Symphony Orchestra. Later he was a musical adviser for the Tokyo Metropolitan so (1978–82), served as principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra (1982–84), and was the permanent conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan (1986–92). In 1991 he was appointed Generalmusikdirektor at Dortmund. His operatic debut occurred in October 1969 with Rossini's La Cenerentola at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. His first recording was as conductor of the New Philharmonia Orchestra in 1968.
[Israela Stein (2nd ed.)]