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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta

Concerts took place at Changsha(the opening concert of Changsha concert hall), Wuhan, Xi’an and Beijing from 28th December, 2015 to 5th January, 2016.

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert, on 26 December 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The IPO plays in subscription series in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, in special concerts and in various concert series throughout Israel. The IPO regularly tours the world’s cultural centers and prestigious festivals.

Israel’s creative artists are promoted by many IPO premieres of works by Israeli composers. The IPO has contributed to the absorption of new immigrants and includes in its ranks new immigrant musicians. The orchestra has hosted the world’s greatest conductors and soloists, as well as young talents from Israel and abroad. As part of KeyNote, the IPO’s music education and outreach program, IPO musicians perform in numerous schools and concerts for school pupils at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

In 1969 Maestro Zubin Mehta was appointed Music Advisor to the IPO and in 1977 he became its Music Director. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was named IPO Laureate Conductor in 1988, in 1992 Kurt Masur (1927-2015) was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor and since 2011 Gianandrea Noseda has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor.


Zubin Mehta, conductor

Born in Bombay, India, Zubin Mehta grew up in a musical environment. His father, Mehli Mehta, founded the Bombay Symphony and was Music Director of the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. Despite this musical influence, his initial field of study was in medicine, but he abandoned it at the age of eighteen to attend the Academy of Music in Vienna. Seven years later, he conducted both the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. He rapidly became one of the world’s most sought after orchestral and operatic conductors, holding positions such as Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1961-67), Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (1962-78), Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1978-91) and Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera (1998-2006).

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra appointed Mehta Music Advisor in 1969, Music Director in 1977, and Music Director for Life in 1981. Combining concerts, recordings and tours, Zubin Mehta has conducted thousands of performances on five continents with the IPO. Since 1985, he has also acted as Chief Conductor of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy, becoming Honorary Conductor for Life in 2006. Zubin Mehta has won countless awards and distinctions in many countries. In Israel he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute, and the Hebrew University has named a wing of the Musicology Department after him and his late father, conductor Mehli Mehta.

In 1991, he was awarded a special prize at the ceremony of the Israel Prize presentation, he is the recipient of the 1995-6 Wolf Foundation Prize for Music and in 2012 he received the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Israeli President Shimon Peres. He is an honorary citizen of both Florence and Tel Aviv and was made an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera in 1997, of the Bavarian State Opera in 2006 and of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien in 2007. The title of “Honorary Conductor” was bestowed upon him by the following orchestras: Vienna Philharmonic (2001), Munich Philharmonic (2004), Los Angeles Philharmonic (2006) and the Bavarian State Orchestra (2006). Other prizes include “Una vita nella musica – Artur Rubinstein”, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Dan David Prize, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese Imperial Family, a star on Hollywood Boulevard, an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Art and the prestigious Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony.

2006 saw the publication in Germany and Israel of Zubin Mehta’s autobiography, Die Partitur meines Leben: Erinnerungen (The Score of my Life: Memories). Zubin Mehta continues to support the discovery and furtherance of musical talents all over the world. Together with his brother Zarin he is a co-chairman of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay, where more than 200 children are educated in Western Classical Music.