Since its inception in 1936, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been dedicated to presenting exceptional music to audiences in Israel and throughout the world.
From its inaugural concert, conducted by Arturo Toscanini, world-renowned soloists and conductors have performed with the IPO. In order to ensure the IPO continues reaching new audiences, AFIPO is committed to supporting the touring efforts of the Orchestra. The IPO is Israel’s foremost cultural ambassador and travels throughout the world, particularly to countries where there is little or no Israeli representation. In some cases, performances of the IPO are the only example of Israel’s existence. The goodwill created by these tours, which included historic visits to Japan, Argentina, Poland, Hungary, Russia, China and India, is of enormous value to the State of Israel.
In 2014 the IPO embarked on several major tours including Siberia and the Baltic Region as well as an extensive five country tour of Asia. The Orchestra returns to the United States nearly every year and its next visit is scheduled for October 2017. During the three week North American tour, the Orchestra will perform in major concert halls from coast to coast.