American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane is a visionary whose creative concepts and outstanding artistic merits have garnered respect in both artistic circles and in the realm of cultural politics. A student of Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara, and Gary Bertini, he quickly set off for an international career and served as music director of the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera North in Leeds, and the American Composers Orchestra, as principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as artistic director of “Ruhr.2010” Capital of Culture, and as principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the Malmö Opera.
From 1994 to 2021, Steven Sloane has been general music director of the Bochum Symphony, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras. He was instrumental in the building and realisation of the orchestra’s own music centre, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, inaugurating the hall in 2016 to international acclaim. Other extraordinary achievements of his work with the Bochum Symphony include the exceptional production of Zimmermann's Die Soldaten at the Ruhrtriennale (2006) and at the New York Lincoln Center Festival (2008), the celebrated Mahler/Ives cycle at the Philharmonie Essen, and numerous CD projects, including the complete recording of Joseph Marx’s orchestral works. He will remain associated with the Bochum Symphony as honorary conductor.