Elinor Rufeizen is an Israeli conductor and clarinetist, recently 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, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Severance Hall, Cité de la Musique and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival.
She worked with musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Daniil Trifonov, Susan Graham, members of the Ébène, Kronos, Juilliard and Cleveland quartets, and worked with living composers Jörg Widmann, Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, Steven Mackey and Andrew Norman.
Season 2019-20 includes her conducting debut with The Juilliard Orchestra in six performances of the Dance production 'Promethean Fire' by Paul Taylor. She will work with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra, be cover conductor for St. Louis and New Jersey Symphonies and participate in a top international conducting competition this winter.
Elinor worked as an assistant conductor for John Adams, Marin Alsop and Barbara Hannigan. She had masterclasses with Gianandrea Noseda, Matthias Pintscher, Louis Langrée and David Zinman, and was invited to participate at Tanglewood Music Festival in summer 2018. She conducted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Hagalil Orchestra and Raanana Symphonette among other ensembles.
Elinor 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. She Studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and Cleveland Institute of Music as a clarinetist and pursued her conducting training at the Buchman-Mehta Music Academy in Tel-Aviv.