Lior Shambadal was born in 1950 in Tel Aviv where he studied viola, trombone, composition, and conducting. His studies took him to the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he worked with Carl Melles. Moving on to Vienna Mr. Shambadal had been tutored by acclaimed conductors such as Hans Swarowsky, Carlo Mario Giulini, Igor Markevitch, Sergiu Celibidache and Franco Ferrara. Lior Shambadal expanded his studies in other areas such as electronic music (in Vienna) and composition taught by Witold Lutoslawski (in France). In 1980 he was appointed chief conductor of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. From 1986 to 1993 he led the Kibbuz Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv, with whom he performed on numerous tours through Europe.
Through his extensive concert activities, Mr. Shambadal made strong connections with orchestras in Israel and Europe. As the sole founder of the ensemble “Acustic 7/11” and “Musica Nova” Lior Shambadal proved himself a prolific composer whose musical range includes chamber music, song writing, and symphonic orchestra pieces.
From 1993 to the end of the season 1999/2000 Mr. Shambadal was musical director of the “Pfalztheater” in Kaiserslautern/Germany, where he was involved in the opening of the new theatre building. His CD and television productions have made Mr. Shambadal internationally famous, supported by his guest appearance conducting international orchestras.
Since February 1997 – present Mr. Shambadal has been working as the chief conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker and simultaneously (2000-2003) performing as the chief conductor of the RTV Slovenija Symphony Orchestra and (since 2003 – present) as musical director of Mendelssohn Players (Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy foundation, Leipzig/Germany).