Israeli conductor Rotem Weinberg currently serves as the music director of both the Michigan Pops Orchestra and the Campus Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan.
He began his conducting studies at the age of seventeen, under the guidance of Vag Papian. Before starting his academic studies, he served in the Israel Defense Forces military band as head librarian and assistant conductor. He earned a B.M. in orchestral conducting from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music of Tel-Aviv University, where he studied with Prof. Yoav Talmi, Yi-an Xu, and Ronen Borshevsky. He earned a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan with Prof. Kenneth Kiesler.
Rotem participated in workshops and masterclasses with world renowned orchestral conductors, including Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Zsolt Nagy, and Christopher Lyndon-Gee. He participated in additional conducting workshops with Joseph Missal, Felix Hauswirth, and Laszlo Marosi.
In his native Israel he led many orchestral, wind band, and vocal ensembles, achieving national acclaim as a conductor and educator. He received many honors and awards for his conducting and musicianship, including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Excellence Grant in orchestral conducting (2014, 2015), the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Excellence Scholarship (2011-2014), and the Tel Aviv University Dean of Arts Excellence Award (2011, 2012) for his outstanding musical and academic achievements.
Rotem made his opera conducting debut in the fall of 2017, serving as the cover conductor for the University of Michigan’s production of William Bolcom’s new opera, Dinner at Eight. In February 2018 he served as the first assistant conductor for the test performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess’ new critical edition.
An advocate of contemporary music, Rotem collaborated with many composers. He premiered works by Tyler Arnold, Nina Shekhar, Sawyer Denton, and Natalie Moller.