Born in Haifa, Israel, conductor and clarinetist Shalom Bard started playing the clarinet at the age of 12. He holds Master’s degrees in orchestral conducting and clarinet performance from McGill University and the University of Southern California, respectively.
After serving as Resident Conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia during the 2011–2012 season under Bernhard Gueller, Shalom took on the role of the first RBC Resident Conductor with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 under the valuable mentorship of TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. Shalom’s residency with the TSO also includes the role of conductor of the acclaimed Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previous appointments include three seasons as Assistant Conductor for Educational Concerts with the Herbert Zipper Orchestra of Los Angeles, and a season as Conductor of the Mooredale Youth Orchestra in Toronto. His guest conducting engagements have included the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Talisker Players. Shalom made his TSO conducting début in October 2012, with Maxim Vengerov performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and his US début as a guest conductor with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2011, he was presented with a fellowship award from the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.
As a clarinetist, one of Shalom’s career highlights was an invitation by Zubin Mehta to be Acting Principal Clarinetist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2001–2002 season. Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, the two-time Chalmers Award winner has collaborated with some of Canada’s leading ensembles and orchestras. In the past fifteen years, he has played as a soloist with a number of orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.
In the 2014–2015 season, Shalom will make his conducting début with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra while he continues as conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.