"Nimrod David Pfeffer led the entire opera with determination and captivating dynamism. Under his baton, the entire event gained momentum and energy, with the orchestra sounding excellent, as well as the chorus."
“Pfeffer captivated the audience from the very first moments. He is dynamic…”
Hailed by the press as one of the most successful and promising Israeli conductors, Nimrod David Pfeffer is a conductor at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Music Director of the Lyric Opera Company of Guatemala.
He has appeared most recently with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, in addition to engagements with the Palau des Arts Reina Sofía, in Valencia, Juilliard Opera, and Israeli Opera.
In 2022 Pfeffer made his electrifying conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera, performing Le Nozze di Figaro, after which he was immediately reengaged for future seasons, conducted Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte at the Komische Oper Berlin and the New Israeli Opera, and made his debut with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra.
In season 2022/23 Pfeffer returned to the New Israeli Opera to conduct the eagerly anticipated world premiere of ‘Theodor’ - a new opera by Yonatan Cnaan and Ido Ricklin focusing on two periods in the early life of the prophet of the State of Israel, Theodor Herzl. He also made his critically acclaimed conducting debuts with the Hungarian National Orchestra and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016 Pfeffer was named Music Director of the Lyric Opera Company of Guatemala, after conducting the company's inaugural production of Verdi's Rigoletto. In the following seasons he conducted in Guatemala new productions of L’Elisir d’Amore, La Bohème, and La Traviata.
He graduated with a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Bruno Walter Scholarship. An internationally acclaimed pianist who performs as a soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist, he received an additional master’s degree and two Professional Studies Diplomas from Mannes School of Music. Pfeffer is also a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.