Born in Tel Aviv and trained in the USA, conductor Israel Gursky moved to Germany in 2014 to join Theater Regensburg as 2nd Kapellmeister, where he conducted numerous operas including Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan Tutte, Hans Heiling, Martha, Iphigénie en Tauride, Saul, Orpheus in der Unterwelt, Der Vogelhändler and Im Weissen Rössl. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, he has moved to Theater Bremen as Studienleiter 2nd Kapellmeister, where his assignments include productions of Hänsel und Gretel, Die Zauberflöte and Lucia di Lammermoor.
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 and il grillo del focolare, Alfano's Sakuntala, Giordano's Siberia, and their 20th Anniversary gala.
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.