Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is currently in his 11th season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and will give 100 performances in five continents during the 2009-2010 season, including visits to Australia, New Zealand, China, Russia, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Germany, and throughout North and South America. Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman began studying at age eight with Ilona Feher. With the guidance of Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals, as well as the support of the America-Israel and Helena Rubenstein Foundations, he came to America in 1962 to study with Ivan Galamian on scholarship at The Juilliard School. In 1967 he won First Prize in the 25th Leventritt Competition, setting the stage for his solo career. He has held numerous artistic positions, including Music Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In October 2002, he became the first recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence at the National Arts Awards Gala in New York City. Mr. Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles and has earned 21 Grammy nominations and two awards: "Best Chamber Music Performance" in 1980 and "Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist With Orchestra" in 1981.