Born in Tel Aviv and trained in the USA, conductor Israel Gursky has been 2nd Kapellmeister with Theater Regensburg since the 2014-15 season. At Theater Regensburg he has conducted a new production of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, and numerous performances of operas including Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan Tutte, Hans Heiling, Martha, Saul, Orpheus in der Unterwelt, Der Vogelhändler and Im Weissen Rössl.
A frequent collaborator with Plácido Domingo, since 2009 he has conducted many concerts with Mr. Domingo and with winners of his Operalia Competition throughout the world.
Israel Gursky has been assistant conductor with the Washington National Opera where in 2007 he made his professional conducting debut with a critically-acclaimed Don Giovanni, followed by performances of Tosca, Don Pasquale, Falstaff and Così fan tutte.
He has guest-conducted with Los Angeles Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro, The Fly), Teatro de Bellas Artes and the Cervantino Festival (Catán's Il Postino), Wolf Trap Opera (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Maine's PORTopera (La Bohème, Hänsel und Gretel, Romèo et Juliette), Opera Birmingham (Faust, Madama Butterfly, Die Zauberflöte), Manhattan School of Music (Così fan tutte), University of Michigan (Albert Herring) and the University of Maryland (Werther).
As principal conductor of NYC's Teatro Grattacielo he has lead performances of Gnecchi's Cassandra, Montemezzi's La Nave, Alfano's Sakuntala, Giordano's Siberia, and their 20th Anniversary gala, and will return this fall to conduct Montemezzi's rarely-heard il grillo del focolare.
In recital, he has collaborated with singers including Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Bejun Mehta, Kate Aldrich, Laquita Mitchell and Eric Cutler.
He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University and the Rubin Academy of Music, and has trained at the Tanglewood Music Center, Merola Opera Program and the Verbier Festival. He has studied conducting with Otto-Werner Müller, Kenneth Kiesler and David Gilbert, piano with Arie Vardi and Gilbert Kalish, and accompanying with Thomas Muraco and Dalton Baldwin.