Nir Kabaretti (born February 5, 1968 in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli orchestra conductor.
Kabaretti is Music Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in California since 2006 and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra since 2015. He regularly collaborates as guest conductor with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, opera houses and soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang and Hélène Grimaud .
Kabaretti made his conducting debut with the Israel Symphony Orchestra of Rishon LeTzion in 1993. Upon graduation from the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Kabaretti was appointed chorus master of the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He served as assistant to the music director of Teatro Real in Madrid, and as Zubin Mehta’s personal assistant and conductor at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In 2004, Kabaretti made his Teatro alla Scala di Milano debut in Tchaikowsky’s The Nutcracker, and in 2007 he returned to La Scala for Mendelssohn’s Ballet Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Nir Kabaretti conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orquestre National du Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Orchestra Sinfonica “La Verdi” di Milano, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra of Rishon Le Tzion, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester, Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta Sinfónica Metropolitana de Lisboa, Bochumer Symphoniker, among others. He was also appointed Principal Conductor of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel in 2002 and as its Music Director until 2008.
Kabaretti’s operatic experience includes productions at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ( Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Macbeth, Il Trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, Il viaggio a Reims), Teatro Real in Madrid ( Cenerentola, Die Walküre ), The Israeli Opera ( Fidelio, Manon Lescaut ), Lausanne Opera ( Nino Rota's Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Die Fledermaus), Avenches Opera Festival Nabucco, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly) and The New National Theatre in Tokyo (The Barber of Seville). He also conducted The Diary of Anne Frank by Fried, a visiting production of the Vienna State Opera, at both the Bregenz Festival and at Expo 2000 in Hannover . In 2005 Kabaretti lead Teatro San Carlo di Napoli on its first tour to Japan conducting Il Trovatore both in Kyoto and Tokyo.
Kabaretti was awarded the 1993 Forum Junger Kustler Conducting Competition Award (Vienna). He became finalist of the 1994 Competition for Conductors (Douai, France) and was awarded the America Israel Cultural Foundation Grant for Young Conductors between 1989-92.
Nir Kabaretti is fluent in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Hebrew. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife Gaja Hubbard and their children Adam (b. 2010) and Amanda (b. 2012).