Shallon, David

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SHALLON, DAVID (1950–2000), Israeli conductor. Born in Tel Aviv, Shallon studied violin, viola, and French horn at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. In 1974, after service in the Israel Army Band, he studied in Vienna and completed the conducting class with Hans Swarowsky. From 1974 to 1979 he was assistant to Leonard *Bernstein for Europe. From 1980, he conducted leading orchestras as the Berlin po, the London so, the Israel po, and the San Francisco so; he also appeared at many of the major European festivals and conducted at leading opera houses, including Vienna, Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, and the New Israeli Opera. He was musical director of the Duesseldorf so (1987–93), the Jerusalem so from 1992 to 2000, and the Luxembourg po in 1997. Several Israeli composers, among them Noam *Sheriff, dedicated works to him. Among his recordings are viola concertos by Bartók, Hindemith, Schnittke, and Mark *Kopytman.


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