He stood at the numerous international significant conductors’ stands. In Germany he cooperated
with numerous established orchestras including State Chapel in Weimar, the Symphonic Orchestra
of Wuppertal, the Beethoven's Orchestra Bonn, and many others. Maestro Zukernik has conducted
the Symphonic Orchestra of Rome, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Russian State Academic
Symphony Orchestra Svetlanov, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the
Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Manukau City
Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand, and the Macao Orchestra in China.
During the last two seasons Michael Zukernik worked in particular with the great pianist Andrei
Gavrilov and audiences in many concert halls admired them, for example in the Kodály Centre in
Hungary, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Tonhalle Zurich, Culture and Convention
Centre Lucerne (KKL), and Victoria Hall of Geneva. Maestro Zukernik received various engagements
from the Berlin Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Hall in Bonn, and Laeisz Concert Hall in Hamburg.
Michael Zukernik was born in 1970 in Moscow and received training as a classical percussionist.
When he was 19 years old he became the youngest member of the Israel Symphony Orchestra. In
the course of his career he performed as a solo timpanist with diverse ensembles such as the
Spanish Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and the Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand. His
first conducting classes with Jorma Panula led him to Finland, then to Sweden, Germany, Russia,
and Croatia. In addition, Mr. Zukernik took part in master classes with Pierre Boulez, Sir Collin
Davis, Leif Segerstram, Janosh Prince, Kenneth Kiesler, Eri Klas, Gustav Meier, Colin Metters, Otto
Werner Mueller, Vladimir Ponkin, Rolf Reuter, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. He graduated from
the Berlin University of the Arts, studied at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna,
and improved his skills at the Carl Maria von Weber Music High School in Dresden.
In 2002 Maestro Zukernik founded the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Berlin. The ensemble
performed in such renowned halls as the Concert House and Philharmonic in Berlin, the
Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the French Dome in Friedrichsstadt, Berlin. Later Michael Zukernik
took his chance and introduced the Chamber Orchestra to international stages. As a result, the
group received an invitation and made a tour through South Korea, where Maestro Zukernik
conducted a dozen concerts. Several tours across China followed from there, including concerts at
the Opera House in Shanghai, the Cultural Center of Beijing, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in
Michael Zukernik is always searching for new interpretations of the classic music of the world. In
2006 together with MCSO, one of New Zealand’s busiest and most established bands, he presented
Classic Rock. The programme of well-known ‘classics’ included works from opera, proms favourites
and hits from the 1950’s-1980’s – from Bizet’s Overture to Carmen to Elgar’s Pomp and
Circumstance, to Twist and Shout and All You Need is Love by the Beatles, Another Day in Paradise by
Phil Collins and We Will Rock You by Queen.
Among his latest projects is Film Music Fest featuring live orchestra with original cinema
projection, which is an unforgettable entertainment: The audience enjoyed such masterpieces as
Indiana Jones Theme by John Williams, Bridge on the River Kwai by Malcolm Arnold, Exodus by
Ernest Gold, The Da Vinci Code by Hans Zimmer, and many others. (The full list is attached)
Nowadays Michael Zukernik lives with his wife and two children in Zurich, Switzerland. He speaks
German, Russian, English, French, and Hebrew.