Born into a family of musicians, Noam Zur started learning piano and trombone in childhood, before deciding so study conducting at the age of 15. During his studies at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, he also took lessons in double-bass and minored in Philosophy at the Tel-Aviv University.
Although having started his musical journey in a purely symphonic background, Noam Zur is equally at home on the concert stage as he is in the opera pit. His repertoire includes about 50 operas and more than 450 symphonic works.
Like many of his fellow compatriots, Mr. Zur’s family background is very international and multilingual. His mother’s family fled from Germany and Austria to Argentina, where his mother was born, whereas his father’s family emigrated from Eastern Europe into Israel just before the start of World War II. As a result, Noam Zur is fluent in several languages and has more roots around the world than his dual citizenship suggests.
After holding a series of Kapellmeister and Assistantship jobs in the German speaking region of Europe, Noam Zur greatly increased his international activities in the decade preceding the Coronavirus pandemic, having led orchestras on five continents as a guest conductor, and having held music directorships in Germany, Croatia, and Argentina. Being director titular of the Salta State Symphony Orchestra in Argentina gave him the opportunity to spend time with his last surviving grandparent in Argentina in the last few years before her passing in 2019.