Yuval Zaliouk began his music education at home with his musician parents and at The Haifa, Israel, Academy of Music where he studied piano, trombone and percussion. He graduated with distinction.
After service with the Israeli Army, he graduated in law at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem while simultaneously studying conducting with Mendi Rodan at The Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. In 1965 he took first place in The America - Israel Cultural Foundation Conducting Competition, winning a scholarship to study advanced conducting at The Guildhall School of Music in London.
Yuval Zaliouk’s career started in 1966 in London as conductor of the Royal Ballet Company, where for four years he conducted extensively for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev at Covent Garden and on European tours. Mr. Zaliouk’s wife, Susan, is a former Royal Ballet ballerina.
Yuval Zaliouk won two important international conducting prizes: First prize in the Besancon, France, International Conductors Competition in 1967 and second prize in The Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conductors Competition in New York in 1970.
Mr. Zaliouk also held directorship positions with The Opera Studio in Paris, with the Edmonton Symphony in Canada and in Israel with the Haifa Symphony and the Raanana Symphonette.
In 1980, Mr. Zaliouk was appointed Music Director and Conductor of The Toledo Symphony in Ohio, USA, a position he held for nine years. During his tenure, Mr. Zaliouk gained a national reputation as a champion of American and contemporary music, while at the same time tripling the Orchestras’ subscribers. For this achievement, Mr. Zaliouk and the Orchestra won the coveted first prize ASCAP Award for Progressive Programming. Mr. Zaliouk was appointed Conductor Laureate of The Toledo Symphony at the end of his tenure.
Yuval Zaliouk has conducted extensively many orchestras all over the world. Currently he is Principal Conductor of the MostArts Summer Festival in Alfred University, New York.
More information can be found in www.zaliouk.com.