Gad Kadosh is a young, intensely engaging Israeli conductor with a keen musical mind. Currently working as second Kapellmeister and assistant conductor at Theater Heidelberg, Gad received the first prize in the MDR Conducting Competition (MDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig), in 2011. He was then selected by Bernard Haitink as one of seven candidates to take part in his 2012 Conducting Masterclass in Lucerne with the Lucerne Festival Strings.
Journalist Jessica Duchen writes: “I first encountered Gad Kadosh at Bernard Haitink’s Lucerne Festival Academy masterclasses and was immediately impressed with his sensitivity, intelligence and intense musicality. When he took the podium the music seemed to flow naturally out of the orchestra; he allowed the piece to speak for itself. I hope we will hear a lot more of him in the future.”
Born in Tel-Aviv, Gad studied piano performance, continuing onto the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music where he won the Isman prize for a commendable performance of an Israeli piece. He toured Europe and Israel with the Thelma-Yellin Symphony Orchestra and was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Among his piano teachers are Fabio Bidini, Rolf Koenen, Emanuel Krasovsky and Sarah Tal.
Gad went on to study conducting with Vag Papian and at the UdK Berlin with Lutz Köhler, and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Martin Hoff. He has also worked with conductors Yoel Levi, Nicolás Pasquet and Gianluigi Gelmetti and as a student worked with orchestras such as the Jenaer Philharmonie, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, Berlin Sinfonietta, Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode, UdK Berlin Symphonieorchester, Israel Stage Orchestra, Ashkelon Symphony Orchestra and Ashdod Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to his position in Heidelberg Gad worked as Solorepetitor and Assistant Conductor at the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim. In Heidelberg and at Winterthur he has conducted Tosca (Puccini) and Die Fledermaus (Strauss), and in Hildesheim works such as Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Das Land des Lächelns (Lehár) and Ein Walzertraum (Oscar Straus).
Whilst Classical and Romantic repertoire form the core of his current oeuvre Gad has worked with young composers and conducted contemporary repertoire; he has directed ensembles such as Klangzeitort and Zafraan in Berlin, and conducted Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot (Maxwell Davies) and Arlecchino (Ferruccio Busoni).
Future appearances include performances of Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart), Die Fledermaus (Strauss), Rumor (Christian Jost), Babar, der kleine Elefant (Poulenc), Ifigenia in Tauride (Traetta), Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) and his debut at Longborough Festival Opera in 2015.