Gad Kadosh is a young, intensely engaging 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.”
Gad studied piano performance at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv, where he won the Isman prize and was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He went on to study conducting with Vag Papian in Israel, Lutz Köhler in Berlin, and Martin Hoff in Weimar. Prior to his position in Heidelberg Gad worked as Solorepetitor and Assistant Conductor at the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim.
In Heidelberg he has conducted Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Tosca (Puccini), Un ballo in maschera (Verdi), La Traviata (Verdi) and Die Fledemaus (Strauss); in Hildesheim Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Das Land des Lächelns (Lehár) and Ein Walzertraum (Oscar Straus).
In October 2014 Gad conducted the headline concert at the Two Moors Festival in Exeter Cathedral, with a programme including the Eroica Symphony (Beethoven) and Bruch’s 1st violin concerto with soloist Agata Szymczewska. During 2014 he also conducted the University of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra in Brahms' 1st Piano Concerto with Peter Donohoe and Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz), following in the footsteps of famous alumni such as Andrew Davis, Ed Gardner and Robin Ticciati.
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). Recently, he premiered 3 chamber operas in Heidelberg – Erwartung (Schoenberg), Twice Through The Heart (Turnage) and Death Knocks (Jost).
Future appearances in Heidelberg include Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart) and Pelleas et Melisande (Debussy). In 2015 Gad also makes his debut at Longborough Festival Opera with Rigoletto (Verdi) and will conduct the LPO in concert.