Born in Jerusalem in 1981, Yaniv Dinur has performed with leading orchestras in Israel, Europe, the US, Canada, and Mexico. He is a winner of numerous conducting awards, among them the 2nd Prize at the 2009 Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico and the Yuri Ahronovitch 1st Prize in the 2005 Aviv Conducting Competitions in Israel. He was chosen by the League of American Orchestras to be a featured conductor in the 2011 Bruno Walter Conducting Preview, and he is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Zubin Mehta Scholarship Endowment.
Dinur launched his conducting career at the age of 19 in a performance with the Israel Camerata, making him the youngest conductor ever to conduct an orchestra in Israel. Since then, he has conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Solisti di Perugia, Torino Philharmonic, Portugal Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Dinur has worked closely with such world-class musicians as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pinchas Zukerman, and Kurt Masur. He holds a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he studied with Prof. Kenneth Kiesler.
A passionate lecturer and music educator, Dinur has made it his mission to bring young and new audiences to the concert hall, and he often meets with students around the world and introduces them to classical music. Currently Director of Orchestral Activities at American University, he lectures regularly about the connections between classical music, pop music, architecture, painting, sculpture, dance, as well as everyday life. He has lectured in the Chicago Architecture Foundation,
the University of Minnesota, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2012, he founded the conducting studio at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.