The Israel Chamber Orchestra
The Israel Chamber Orchestra was established in 1965 by Gary Bertini, who was its artistic director and conductor for 10 years. This role was later filled by the finest conductors including Rudolf Barshai and Shlomo Mintz. Since February 2015, Ariel Zuckerman is the Orchestra’s artistic director.
In its years of existence, many notable conductors and artists have performed with the orchestra, including Isaac Stern, Mastislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Krzystof Penderecki and Jean-Pierre Rampal, as well as famous choirs from Israel and abroad, in numerous vocal orchestral programs.
The Orchestra performs a wide repertoire which ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. The Orchestra holds some 100 concerts each year for members in the center of Israels, in peripheral cities, for students and children, and for culture lovers in festivals. Furthermore, the Orchestra represents Israel in concerts across Europe, The US, Canada, South America and the Far East, and participates in prestigious festivals, including: Salzburg, Linz, Helsinki, Istanbul, Athens, Central Europe and Hong Kong. The Orchestra has recorded for Chandos, Nexus, Music Maastricht, Koch, The Israeli Music Institute and Teldec.
The Israel Chamber Orchestra follows a vision of musical quality, promoting Israeli music, and creating a tight bond between communities and audiences via extraordinary events. the Orchestra puts great thought and imagination into its programs, with the goal of holding concerts that suit both avid classical music lovers and those who are willing to experience a different type of music. It targets versatile audiences by blending cultures and styles, while creating collaborations with various fields of music and art. The Israeli Chamber Orchestra is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality.