Internationally acclaimed conductor, Nir Kabaretti, is the Music and Artistic Director of the Santa
Barbara Symphony and of the South West Florida Symphony. Described as “a conductor with
immense musicality and warm personality” by Maestro Zubin Mehta, Kabaretti has earned an
impressive reputation across continents for his command of a vast symphonic, operatic and ballet
repertoire, and his profound knowledge of and sensitivity to the music he conducts.
Upon graduation from the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Kabaretti
began working as coach and Chorus Master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He
later advanced to positions as Assistant to the Music Director at the Teatro Real in Madrid and
Personal Assistant to Maestro Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence,
Italy. He was also appointed Music Director of the Symphonette Raanana Orchestra in Israel a
position he held until 2008.
Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians, such as Lang Lang,
Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman and Hélène Grimaud. Some of his collaborations as guest
conductor include: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de
Buenos Aires, Orquestre National du Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Philadelphia Chamber
Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra del
Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo
Felice di Genova, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”, Zagreb Philharmonic
Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber
Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid,
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and the Bochumer
Kabaretti’s operatic experience includes productions at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Die
Entführung aus dem Serail, Macbeth, Il Trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, Il viaggio a Reims), Teatro
Real in Madrid (La Cenerentola, Die Walküre), The Israeli Opera (Fidelio, Manon Lescaut ), Opéra
de Lausanne (Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Die Fledermaus, Falstaff), Avenches Opera Festival
(Nabucco,Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly), Tokyo New National Theatre (Il Barbiere di
Siviglia) and Opera Santa Barbara (Carmen). He conducted The Diary of Anne Frank, a guest
production of the Vienna State Opera performed at both the Bregenz Festival and Expo 2000 in
Hannover. In 2005, Kabaretti lead Teatro San Carlo di Napoli on its first tour to Japan, conducting Il
Trovatore in Kyoto and Tokyo.
During the 2004-05 season he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala di Milano with Tchaikovsky’s
The Nutcracker. In 2007 he was invited again for the ballet production of Mendelssohn’s
Midsummer Night’s Dream (broadcasted by Italian television RAI, and released on DVD by TDK).
Maestro Kabaretti received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant for Young Conductors. In
1993, he won the Forum Junger Künstler Conducting Competition in Vienna. In 1994 he was
among the finalists in the International Competition for Conductors in Douai, France.
Kabaretti is fluent in Hebrew, English, Italian, German and Spanish