Lahav Shani
(c) Marco Borggreve

The Israeli Lahav Shani, 29, has been named Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and will succeed Zubin Mehta in 2020. Mehta became Music Director in 1977. Shani will also become the chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2018 (succeeding Yannick Nézet-Séguin) and recently became the principal guest conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he won first prize at the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg.

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