The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – Happy 80th Birthday and Happy New Year!

It’s a season of celebration for an exceptional orchestra, in an extraordinary land full of music. Yes – against all odds, the soil that saved so many from the ashes of the Holocaust and inherited the soulful tradition of Russia’s virtuosi as they fled communist repression harvests its musical talent in an embrace of its own individual flavor with the best of what international music culture has to offer. Originating as The Palestine Orchestra...
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IPO and Yuja Wang at Carnegie Hall

                On October 25th, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gave a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall, performing under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta, a program of some of Judaism’s most spiritual works, demonstrating their undyingly righteous, cultural eminence. Despite a small group of Anti-Israel protesters that had accumulated across the 57th Street entrance, rallied by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel through...
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First Fiddle: Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of NYC’s Ultimate Band, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

 “Guess who this trunk used to belong to?” asks Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, as he leads me through the backstage rooms and hallways of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; his home away from home, only a New York block away. We are standing in front of a huge antique – or at least old fashioned –weathered-looking black trunk, impressively marked with travel stickers indicating its many different destinations. “…..long history...
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Inbal Segev – A Love Story with the Cello

At the invitation of Isaac Stern, whom she met at a master class at the Mishkenoth Festival in Jerusalem, Inbal Segev left her native Israel in 1990, to pursue her passion for the cello in the United States. Only 16 years old at the time, she lived at the residence of cello pedagogue Aldo Parisot, attending his famed studio class. She then matriculated at Yale University’s class of 93 and then also attended Julliard’s...
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Zubin Mehta’s 50 Jahre mit IPO

Am 16. Oktober 2010 präsentierte das ‘Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’ zur Feier der bevorstehenden Saison aus Anlaß seines 75-jährigen Bestehens ein temperamentvolles Konzert in dem Auszüge von Bizets ‘Carmen’ gespielt wurden. Die Veranstaltung wurde in Tel Avivs Mann Auditorium mit einer Rede des israelischen Prasidenten Simon Perez eröffnet und es folgte eine Benefizgala im Hilton Hotel. Dabei ging es aber um weitaus mehr als nur um das 75-jährige Bestehen von Israels führendem Orchester: die Orchestermitglieder...
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Maestro Zubin Mehta’s 50 Years With The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

On October 16, 2010, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra presented, in celebration of its upcoming 75th anniversary season, a spirited concert featuring excerpts from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’. A speech by Israel’s President Shimon Peres opened the event at Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium; a gala benefit at the Hilton Hotel followed. But this was about far more than 75 years of Israel’s premier orchestra: It was Zubin Mehta’s 50 years of association with the orchestra which orchestra...
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Avner Dormans Kompositionen: Märchen auf dem Schlagzeug

An einem außergewöhnlich warmen Tag im September habe ich mich im “Pain Quotidien” Café im New Yorker Bryant Park mit dem in Israel geborenen Komponisten zusammengesetzt. Es dauerte nicht lang und ich wurde eingeweiht in eine Vorschau seiner gerade fertiggestellten Partitur für seine letzte Komposition “Azerbaijani Dance.” Basierend auf einem Stück für Klavier gleichen Namens wird Dormans jüngste Komposition diesen Oktober mit dem Israelischen Philamonischen Orcherster unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta in Tel...
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Avner Dorman's Compositions : Percussive Fairytales

Avner Dorman’s Compositions: Percussive Fairytales On an unusually warm day in September, I am sitting down with Israel-born composer, Avner Dorman, at New York’s Bryant Park “Pain Quotidien” café. Before long, I am privy to a sneak preview of his freshly finished score for his latest composition, “Azerbaijani Dance”. Based on a piano piece of the same name, Dorman’s latest composition will have its world premiere this October, with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under...
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Grosszügigkeit Und Freundschaft Stehen Für Den Pianisten Yefim Bronfman Im Mittelpunkt

  Auf wie viele Arten und Weisen kann man sich einem bewunderten und weltberühmten Künstler, der bereits eine endlose Anzahl an Interviews hinter sich hat, nähern? Was mich ermutigt hat, Yefim Bronfman neu zu beleuchten, ist mein höchster Respekt für seine aussergewöhnliche Klavierkunst und seine Persönlichkeit.. Ich möchte bereits bekannte sowie weniger bekannte Fakten über ihn verknüpfen, um so zu einem komplexen Portrait dieses bedeutenden Pianisten beizutragen.  Bronfmans liebenswerte Eigenschaft, sich selbst nicht allzu...
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Generosity And Friendships Take Centerstage For Pianist Yefim Bronfman

From how many more angles can one possibly approach a widely admired and world famous performer, who has answered interviewers’ questions on numerous occasions? Only my highest esteem for Yefim Bronfman’s stellar pianism and personable demeanor has encouraged me to try to shine yet another light on him. By connecting the dots between known facts, and adding some of his fresh comments, I hope to expand the portrait of one of our century’s major...
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