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News Stories

Future Music Director Announced: Lahav Shani

January 17, 2018

Lahav Shani is appointed Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra At age 29, the Israeli conductor and pianist becomes the second ever Music Director of the IPO   The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra announced the appointment of Lahav Shani as its Music Director, beginning in the orchestra’s 2020-2021 season. In the 2019-20 season, he will have the title Music Director Designate. The 29-year-old Israeli conductor and pianist will succeed Zubin Mehta, the IPO’s legendary Music Director, who was appointed to the position in…[Read More]

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Nemirovsky’s Movement

December 20, 2017

Inside the IPO Percussion Section with Acting Principal Alexander Nemirovsky At an Israel Philharmonic concert, there are movements we listen to and movements we watch. There is Maestro Zubin Mehta’s conducting and the string section’s graceful bowing. Look beyond the baton and bows, however, and you’ll see the silent choreography of percussionists moving among a countless array of instruments. “Thousands,” offered Alexander Nemirovsky by phone from his home in Holon, Israel. “For starters, the standard percussion instruments in an orchestra…[Read More]

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