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Lahav Shani, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1989, began taking piano lessons at the age of six. He later studied with Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta Academy of Music in his native city, completing his education at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where he studied conducting with Christian Ehwald and piano with Fabio Bidini. Daniel Barenboim became his mentor during this time. Shani won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in 2013, which launched his international career. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra since 2017 and Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018; in 2020 he will succeed Zubin Mehta as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, where he made his debut as a solo pianist in 2007 playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. In addition, Shani has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the London and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has continued his career as a pianist and has led performances from the keyboard with such ensembles as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. With the Capuçon brothers, he appeared as the piano soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 he gave a solo recital in Berlin’s Boulez Saal. Lahav Shani is also a passionate chamber musician and has performed in this capacity at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Cologne Philharmonie, and the Verbier Festival. He has released a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor with Renaud Capuçon and Kian Soltani.