Recognized as a “talented director” (Illinois Pantagraph) who is “enthusiastic, lively, and incisive” (Giornale di Sicilia), Yaniv Segal is a charismatic and inspiring conductor and composer who has held positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Chelsea Symphony. He regularly works with the Detroit Symphony, and has led orchestras around the globe, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Cleveland Opera, and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. While Assistant Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic from 2014-17, Yaniv conducted nearly twenty different programs per year including a concert with Itzhak Perlman that was “off the charts…any classical music lover who missed this concert should weep…[The Pines of Rome was] one of the most exciting ever heard” (Naples Daily News).
In March of 2020, Naxos Records released Beethoven REimagined, which Yaniv recorded with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the album features music arranged and written by Yaniv, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Garrett Schumann. The music has been hailed as “genuinely novel” (Allmusic.com), “exciting…outrageous…[and] certainly worked” (Times of London), and as a “cause for celebration” (Classical CD Choice UK).
In 2016, Yaniv recorded Joy and Sorrow, a CD of new Klezmer-influenced compositions by NYC urban composer David Chesky, that uses the latest binaural technology and was named “a winner” (Fanfare Magazine). Yaniv has also recorded Chesky’s score to the 2017 animated film The Mice War, an opera which teaches children about the folly of war.
Yaniv is a founder and former Artistic Director of the “harrowingly relevant” (Lucid Culture) Chelsea Symphony, and his interpretation of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the orchestra was called an “earnest, vibrant account” (New York Times). This dynamic and collaborative ensemble continues to provide major opportunities for rising and established conductors, composers, and instrumentalists in the TriState area. As an important cultural presence in New York, the orchestra has premiered over fifty works, and can be seen and heard on the hit Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle.
Deeply committed to the next generation of music lovers, Yaniv wrote a concertlength work for chamber orchestra and narrator, called The Harmony Games, that introduces listeners to the instruments of the orchestra while demonstrating connections between music and math. It has already been performed nearly fifty times to great acclaim from students, parents, and educators. As a composer, Yaniv believes that music should be relevant to today’s audiences and connected to contemporary culture. The Chelsea Symphony premiered his Cello Concerto in 2015 and Rite of Spring (Redux) – a reworking of Stravinsky’s seminal work that includes electric guitar, bass guitar, and saxophone – in 2013.
A versatile performer, profiled as one of the rising stars that is “redefining classical music” (Esquire Magazine), Yaniv was twice a violin soloist with his hometown Yonkers Philharmonic. He sang in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus andtoured the US and Japan in the First National Tour of The Secret Garden. As boy soprano, he could be widely heard singing on TV commercials for Pepsi as well as on CDs ranging from classical opera to rock and folk music. Yaniv’s stage acting career culminated in a role in Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood at Lincoln Center where he “convinces as Hapgood’s adolescent son” (New York Times).
Yaniv was invited to the inaugural Castleton Festival by Lorin Maazel and studied with Kurt Masur at seminars in the USA and Europe. He was selected as one of 18 participants (out of over 350 applicants) in the 2018 Evgeny Svetlanov Competition in Paris and is mentored by Andrey Boreyko and Leonard Slatkin. In 2013, Yaniv completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan with renowned conducting pedagogue Kenneth Kiesler and MacArthur Award winning composer BrightSheng.
The son of a Polish violinist and an Israeli violin-maker, Yaniv grew up in New York speaking three languages in a multi-cultural household. In support of his education, achievements, and contributions to American Society he was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans in 2009.