Elinor Rufeizen is an Israeli conductor graduated from The Juilliard School with a master’s degree in orchestral conducting studying with mentors Alan Gilbert and David Robertson. She made appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Kaufman Music Center, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Severance Hall, Cité de la Musique and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. She is a recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, Charles Schiff Conducting Award for Outstanding Achievement, Morse Teaching Fellowship award and scholarships given by the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Elinor conducted the Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, The Juilliard Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Metropolis Ensemble, Haifa Symphony Orchestra among other ensembles. She collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Daniil Trifonov, Susan Graham, members of the Ébène, Kronos, Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets, and collaborated with living composers Jörg Widmann, Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, Steven Mackey, Philippe Hersant and Andrew Norman.
Season 2021-22 includes her residence as a conducting fellow with the Dallas Opera, her conducting debuts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and Stadttheater Giessen. She was an assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and Orlando Philharmonic. In December 2021, Elinor was selected to work with Riccardo Muti and conduct Nabucco with Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini in Fandazione Prada, Milan, and in 2020, she was chosen a semi-finalist at the Siemens-Hallé International Conductors Competition.
Elinor worked as an assistant conductor for John Adams, Barbara Hannigan, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Xian Zhang and Marin Alsop. She had masterclasses with Gianandrea Noseda, Matthias Pintscher, Louis Langrée and David Zinman, and was invited to participate at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2018.
As a clarinetist, she has a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, being mentored by Franklin Cohen, former principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She won the CIM (Cleveland Institute of Music) Concerto Competition on her freshman year and was invited to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with Philipe Berrod, principal clarinetist of Orchestre de Paris. She continued her conducting training at the Buchman-Mehta Music Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel.