Pianist & Musical Director
Uruguayan-born New Yorker Pablo Zinger is widely acclaimed as a conductor, pianist, composer, arranger, writer, lecturer and narrator, specializing on Astor Piazzolla, tango, Spanish zarzuela, and Latin American music.
He has performed throughout the Americas and in Spain, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Germany and Norway.
He accompanied Plácido Domingo at Washington’s Constitution Hall, conducted for Paquito D’Rivera’s Carnegie Hall 50th. Anniversary Concert and the Moscow première of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, narrated Piazzolla’s Pueblo Joven at Tokyo’s Opera City and accompanied legendary Spanish diva Sarita Montiel in NYC.
He tours and records frequently with the Valencia-based Zinger Septet and has written for The New York Times, Opera News, and lectured for The New York Philharmonic.
He has written the tango Latin-Jewish musical Bela with Ilan Stavans, and Las tentaciones de González (Tiene la muerte atada), premièred in 1999 to a NY Times rave. His show Bésame mucho (Latinas sing Latinas), at Repertorio Español , NY, won the HOLA and ACE prizes (2012-1015).
He has been called “The King of Zarzuela” by Opera News magazine and was Musical Director of the Patty Disney Zarzuela Series at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM (2004-2011).
His CD’s include Tango Apasionado with Astor Piazzolla, Chamber Music from the South and The Clarinetist, with Paquito D’Rivera, Las Puertas de la Mañana (songs of Carlos Guastavino) and two albums of music by Carlos Suriñach with Bronx Arts Ensemble.
Mr. Zinger has conducted the Costa Rica National Symphony, Simón Bolívar Orchestra (Venezuela), Maribor Philharmonic (Slovenia), Montevideo Philharmonic, and Montevideo Pro Opera (Uruguay), and Bronx Arts Ensemble with Jazz greats Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Néstor Torres, and John Faddis.
At New York’s Town Hall, he conducted Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires and Pueblo Joven, Lecuona’s María la O, Roig’s Cecilia Valdés, Moreno Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda and Barbieri’s El barberillo de Lavapiés. Other zarzuela credits: Spanish Repertory Theatre, Orlando Opera, Zarzuela Company Domingo-Embil (Mexico), International Zarzuela Festival (El Paso), Jarvis Conservatory (Napa), and Santa Barbara Grand Opera. His La verbena de la Paloma (El Paso, ’96) was seen nationwide on PBS and his Luisa Fernanda (Napa, ’97) was issued on CD and DVD.
As Musical Director of New York’s Polish Theatre Institute, Mr. Zinger conducted Polish operas, concerts, and cabaret presentations throughout the U.S. and in five tours of Poland.
Mr. Zinger has a BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music.