News and Views

2017 U.S. Tour to begin and end in New York City

October 25, November 7-9 at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall will once again kick off the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s U.S. tour commencing October 25, 2017 with Music Director …

Maestro Zubin Mehta To Retire October 2019

Legendary conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Zubin Mehta, emotionally announced that he will retire as musical director of …

AFIPO Names First CEO

November 21, 2016 David Hirsch, President of the Board of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO), announced …

AFIPO Earns 4-Star Rating!

American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) is proud to be recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, …

Music Festival to Celebrate IPO’s 80th Anniversary

December 26, 2016 will mark 80 years since Maestro Arturo Toscanini conducted the inaugural concert of the (later named) Israel …

IPO to Stream Live Concerts to Celebrate Mehta’s 80th Birthday

This week the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off a stellar series of concerts in Israel to celebrate Zubin Mehta’s 80th …

Interview with Yuja Wang

Watch an interview with Yuja Wang conducted by IPO Principal Bass Peter Marck

Happy New Year!

Thank You For Making 2015 A Success!       Your generous support enabled the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to bring …

Major Gift Announcement

Helgard Field

Helgard Field has been an AFIPO board member and dedicated supporter of the Israel Philharmonic for eight years. On November …

Grains of Sand in NYC

By Sivan Maayani

Is there a city that means so much for so many people as the city of New York? It is …

Board Member Spotlight

Lauren Veronis

Lauren Veronis joined the Board of Directors of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000 and currently serves …

Milan

BY PETER MARCK

The IPO played its last Mahler Wednesday night at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. At the rehearsal, we said thanks …

Wroclaw, Poland

BY PETER MARCK

After a quick lunch of pierogi in the old city of Wroclaw, Breslau, Poland, we performed at the brand new …

Bonn, BeethovenFest and Berlin

BY PETER MARCK

The tour “heats-up” beginning in Bonn; everyday a concert in a new city: Bonn, Berlin, Wroclaw, Milano and Rimini. In …

A First Visit to Armenia

BY PETER MARCK

The Israel Philharmonic made its first visit to the Armenian Capital of Yerevan.  The city, dominated by Mount Ararat, a …

Enescu Music Festival Bucharest

BY PETER MARCK

Can you imagine Beethoven on the Euro coin, Michael Jackson on the one dollar bill or the Beatles on the …

Lost in Transit: Bucharest

BY PETER MARCK

What makes a great tour concert?  A well rested, calm, well fed, comfortable orchestra? Absolutely! But sometimes things don’t work …

Lucerne and Gstaad

BY PETER MARCK

Just as prestigious as the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival hosts a long list of world class orchestras and conductors. …

Salzburg

BY PETER MARCK

The moment of truth has arrived: the Salzburg Festival – the Olympics of music, where the greatest orchestras, soloists and …

Ljubljana

By Peter Marck

The orchestra finally performed indoors in an actual concert hall! Although Ljubljana’s “Cankarjev Dom” is not the hall where Gustav …

Grafenegg Festival

By Peter Marck

A working weekend in the village!  The orchestra spent its first weekend on tour in the Austrian village of St. …

First Stop: Riga

By Peter Marck

The Israel Philharmonic set off on the 2015 European Festival Tour, leaving Tel Aviv’s 90 degree heat and landing in …

Asaf Maoz

IPO Violinist

Born in Israel in 1979, Asaf Maoz is a graduate of the Talma Yellin School of the Arts, the Rubin …

European Festivals

Summer 2015

3 weeks, 8 countries, 12 festivals, 14 concerts, 120 musicians and staff – while most of us spend the last …

Saimir Pirgu

IPO Guest Artist

Acclaimed by audiences and critics around the world, Saimir Pirgu has risen rapidly on both the opera and concert stages.  …

Sulamot Celebrates

Five Years

Our special program SULAMOT – Music for Social Change, completed its fifth year of activity, celebrating with a series of …

Thomas Hampson

IPO Guest Artist

Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active …

Music for Children and Children in Music

On June 1st 2,500 children and their parents gathered for a special “IPO for Kids” performance in the Bronfman Auditorium. …

Rachel Kam

Violist

Rachel Kam has been a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for over three decades. In the interview below she …

Jonathan Hadas

Bass Clarinetist

Jonathan Hadas is part of the “next generation” of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. At only 29 years-old he has been …

The IPO for Kids

Harps in Harmony

On April 27, a special concert of “The IPO for Kids” series took place featuring the harp or, to be …

March Music and Masquerades

  One of the IPO’s first concerts of the family series this season was a festive performance on Purim. Attendees …

AFIPO Events

2015 is off to a busy start! This quarter we have held diverse events across the country from New York …

Itamar Zorman

IPO Guest Artist

Performing again with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra later this month will be Itamar Zorman. In addition to working with the …

Coexistence Through Music

Each year the KeyNote program reaches over 29,000 Israeli children and 2015 is off to a phenomenal start with events …

our new concertmaster

Exclusive Interview

It feels like a family over there and I’m very much looking forward to joining that family. – David Radzynski …

A Personal Note

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

Whenever I finish a tour blog I realize that there is no way to convey the hardships, small and large, …

Finishing the Tour

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The IPO completed its tour of the Far East with visits to Xiamen and Zhuhai in the south of China. …

Blue Skies in Bejing

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The IPO landed in Beijing at midnight and arrived at the hotel at 1:30, but we awoke to beautiful clear …

The IPO in Singapore

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The Israel Philharmonic arrived in Singapore to perform for the first time. In 1978, Singapore was just a stop-over on …

IPO, Maurice Bejart, and the Tokyo Ballet

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The IPO and Zubin Mehta joined up with Maurice Bejart and the Tokyo Ballet for 3 performances of Beethoven’s Ninth …

Family Touring

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The Israel Philharmonic tours more than any other major orchestra. We maintain an international reputation, we serve the diplomatic interests …

Shabbat in Osaka

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

Shabbat evening in Osaka was marked with Kiddush while listening to the IPO concert of Schubert and Mahler recorded on …

Rehearsal Canceled

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

On Thursday, the IPO flew from Tokyo to the southern city of Fukuoka; a one hour 40 minute flight. A …

IPO Concerts in Tokyo

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The Israel Philharmonic finished a week of concerts in Tokyo with programs at Suntory Hall, Ikebukuru and the NHK Concert …

Israel Philharmonic Participates In Tsunami Violin Project

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

Musicians of the IPO joined in the Tsunami Violin Project, performing on a unique quartet of string instruments in Suntory …

Suntory Hall Tokyo

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

“The Israel Philharmonic with its music director Zubin Mehta is Israel’s greatest cultural asset!” a wonderful compliment from the Israeli …

IPO in Japan

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

  The Philharmonic returned to Japan for concerts in Tokyo at Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan and the NHK, Kukuoka, Osaka, …

Bangkok Festival of Dance and Music

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The Far East Tour of the IPO began with a return visit to the Bangkok Festival of Dance and Music …

Back on Tour

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

Three weeks ago the Israel Philharmonic returned from Budapest after 13 days in Siberia, the Baltic Countries and Eastern Europe; …