Named one of 25 “Renaissance Women” who have shaped the city of San Antonio by San Antonio Scene Magazine, Noam Aviel is the Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, where she conducts over 50 performances every season, including the annual, fully-staged production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in collaboration with Ballet San Antonio. Aviel also leads the Young People’s Concerts, Pops Series, Community and Outreach concerts, and acts as the cover conductor for the Classics Series.
Aviel’s upcoming engagements include conducting the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and a debut leading a subscription concert with the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva. Aviel has gained notoriety for her inventive programming. As David Hendricks of the San Antonio Express News noted “Friday’s Pops concert by the San Antonio Symphony under Associate Conductor Noam Aviel mixed Williams’ music with non-movie classical content from composers Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Tchaikovsky. The side by side juxtapositions were both illuminating and entertaining for the audience of more than 1000 people at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Under Aviel’s baton, the orchestra played cleanly and briskly with full-throated voice.”
An opera enthusiast, Aviel served as the Assistant Conductor at OPERA San Antonio, where she worked on productions of La Traviata, La Bohème, Macbeth, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Las Fundaciones de Béjar by Joseph Julian Gonzalez. She also served as Music Director and Conductor for the opera A Dinner Engagement by Lennox Berkeley as part of the Illinois Festival Opera, and conducted performances of Street Scene by Kurt Weill at Illinois State University, where she served as Assistant Director of Orchestras. Additionally, Aviel has worked with Angels Vocal Art in Los Angeles and McCall SummerFest in Idaho.
Aviel holds a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Illinois State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Voice Performance and Orchestral Conducting from Tel Aviv University. She was also fortunate enough to participate as a Conducting Fellow at the Eastern Music Festival, working closely with Maestro Gerard Schwarz. A native of Israel, Aviel’s earliest performance experience was as a chorus member with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta.