Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Israeli conductor Rotem Weinberg is a cross-genre musician, at home in classical, operatic, and pops repertoires alike. Rotem started his conducting studies at the age of 17, under the guidance of Vag Papian. He earned a B.M. in orchestral conducting from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where he studied with Prof. Yoav Talmi, Yi-an Xu, and Ronen Borshevsky. In spring 2020 he earned a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his master’s degree, studying with the renowned conductor Kenneth Kiesler. At Michigan he served as the music director of both the Michigan Pops Orchestra and the Campus Symphony Orchestra, leading these ensembles to new heights.
Rotem participated in workshops with world renowned conductors, including Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, and Zsolt Nagy.
In his native Israel Rotem led many orchestral, band, and vocal ensembles achieving national acclaim as a conductor and educator.
Rotem received many honors and awards for his conducting and musicianship, including:
– America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship , recipient, 2014, 2015
– Tel Aviv University Dean of Arts Excellence Scholarship 2011,2012
– Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Excellence Scholarship 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
– Magna cum laude status at completion of degree, Tel Aviv University 2014
An advocate of contemporary music, Rotem collaborated with many living composers of diverse backgrounds. He premiered works by Natalie Moller , Tyler Arnold, Nina Shekhar, Sawyer Denton, and Samuel Sussman.
In addition to his work as a conductor, he is also known as an arranger and orchestrator for numerous genres and ensembles. One of his specialties is writing for student-ensembles, tailored to their specific technical and musical abilities. His arrangements can be found on Sheetmusicplus.com.