Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel
Available in the 2013-2014 Season
Manager: Andrew S. Grossman
Management Territory: North America
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The Orchestra, which is the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. World Acclaimed Maestro Noam Sheriff, one of Israel's most versatile musicians, is the music director of the HSO.
Over five thousand subscribers of all ages attend six subscription programs: The Classical Series, The Vocal Series, Haifa Proms . . . , Friday Morning Classics, The Children's Series & The Chamber Music Series.
The orchestra also offers annual opera productions for the benefit of our northern audience.
Community and Outreach
The Orchestra produces numerous programs for the community. These include:
Chazanut series (Jewish music)
Popular concerts such as: "Abbey Road" with Jeremy Kaplan, "Sounds of America" with the Hebrew Soul Singers from Dimona, etc.
Performances at City Festivals and events: Light music concerts in the park, Independence Day and Memorial Day concerts.
The Orchestra takes part in the "Kadma" & "Israeli Notes" programs which educates today's youngsters to become the audiences of tomorrow. This program provides informal meetings and concerts at elementary schools followed by a concert with the full orchestra at the Haifa Auditorium. For many of the 2,500 children, this is their first exposure to classical music.
The Orchestra holds master classes uniquely designed for young creative musicians.
Promotion of Israeli Culture
The Orchestra has a policy of encouraging and promoting original Israeli music and of giving an opportunity for Israeli soloists and conductors to perform.
The HSO received the Prime Minister's Award for being the leading performer of original Israeli compositions in Israel.
This illustrious orchestra is coming to the United States for the first time ever and will have two wonderful soloist: Pianist Roman Rabinovich and Violist Avshalom Sarid.
ROMAN RABINOVICH, Pianist
The Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice) is the top prize winner and four additional prizes at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the 1st prize at the 2007 Animato Competition. Since his Israel Philharmonic debut under the button of Zubin Mehta at age ten, Mr Rabinovich has performed as a soloist with most of Israeli orchestras, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Buffalo Philharmonic, An Arbor Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Dohnanyi Orchestra, and many other orchestras and was praised for the “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution”. He has performed throughout Europe and USA in such prestigious venues as Lucerne Festival, Davos Festival, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls as well as Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. In 2009 the French TV channel "Mezzo" has recorded his recital and since it has been broadcasted in numerous countries in Europe and Asia.
Mr Rabinovich is also an avid chamber musician and his partners have included Daniel Hope, Ralph Kirshbaum and Miriam Fried. Roman has recently recorded ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for the Orchid Classics label.
Mr. Rabinovich also excels as a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. His artwork can be viewed on his website at www.romanrabinovich.net. Roman has received financial support from Zfunot Tarbut, Ronen and Rich Foundations, as well as scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
AVSHALOM SARID, Violist
Avshalom Sarid is an accomplished violist, musical producer and teacher at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Throughout his life, Avshalom has played in a variety of orchestras as well as in chamber ensembles as a soloist and lead violist in Israel and around the world.
Born in Kidron, Israel, Avshalom graduated from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music with a bachelor’s degree, where he studied under Violist and Professor Gad Levertoff. He also holds a master’s degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and graduated from the Manager’s College in Tel Aviv with a degree in management and producing.
At the recommendation of Maestro Zubin Mehta, Avshalom performed between 1985 and 1991 as a principal player with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He then played with the Israel Chamber Orchestra as a Soloist and first violist while acting as Musical Producer.
In 1998 Avshalom founded ‘Vivace’, a Chamber group which performed numerous arrangements in Israel and around the world. In 2006 at the Canary Islands festival, he performed as soloist for the world premier of a viola concerto written by Noam Sheriff and dedicated to Avshalom. In 2007, he played as soloist and first violist in the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, again taking the position of Musical Producer.
Avshalom joined the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in 2009 for a series in memory of conductor Mandy Rodan and the Ra’anana Symphony Orchestra in 2011. He also premiered a viola concerto written for Avshalom by composer Eitan Steinberg with the Be’er Sheva Symphony.
In 2012 Avshalom returned to the Haifa Symphony as a soloist for a series of performances, “Carmel Melodies”, a concerto dedicated to Avshalom by guitarist and composer Uri Bracha. Among his broader achievements, Avshalom was the musical manager and musical producer for the Eilat Festival “Classic Chamber” from 2000-2007. He has played with a wide range of musicians including Shlomo Mintz, Philip Entremont, Alexander Korsantia, Sharon Kam and Fabrizio Lanzoni.
Avshalom continues to thrive and in his work as a violist and dedicates himself loyally to all of his students.