main initiative for creating the new orchestra was the important date in
the history of our country - 20th anniversary of Aliyah.
time that the prime musicians from different Israeli orchestras would
come together for a musical project, there was always talk about how
greatly fulfilling it is to make music together. Michael
Gurfinkel - an Israeli clarinet soloist and pedagogue
- took all these conversations to heart and channeled them into reality.
He thus began producing concerts for his twins sons - Clarinet Duo
Alexander and Daniel Gurfinkel, and this lead him
to an expanded interest for new orchestral ventures.
catalyst for creation of the New Symphony Orchestra was a fated
meeting with Arkady Leytush - a former Soviet
Union/ American Conductor, Music Director and Principle Conductor of the
annual ICOR Holocaust Remembrance Gala Concerts in NY
in collaboration with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Maestro Leytush
is also Principle Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra
of Ukrainian, Artistic Director and Principle Conductor
of Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra (NJ), as well as the Music Director of
the N. Rakhlin Memorial Fund in NY.
the successful joint recording of Hampson Sisler - "Japan
Tragedy 2011" cantata, dedicated to the memory of those
who perished in the Japanese Disaster of 2011, Arkady and Michael both
envisioned further creative collaboration and formation of a new
orchestra - The New Symphony Orchestra of Israel.
main mission is to create programs with special repertoire, premiering
never before heard music. Maestro Leytush holds a reputation of
being a world-class orchestrator, and is known for including newly
orchestrated transcriptions into his programs. This greatly
expands the symphony repertoire and makes each performance superbly
other aim is creating an orchestra with a unique sound and individual
intonation that would be instantly recognizable amongst the world's best
- just as voice of Chaliapin and Callas, Oistrakh’s violin
and Casals’s cello.
envision inviting bright soloists, with emphasis on youth, and intend to
light new stars on world stages. Congruently, we will host the numerous
top-notch performers already revered by audiences everywhere.
The creation of this orchestra will also return the numerous brilliant
orchestra musicians who couldn't find placement in their homeland Israel and
are now dispersed across the globe, significantly affecting the cultural
evolution of many countries.
also wish to create opportunity for young Israeli musicians to exhibit
their best talent and have the chance to learn and perform alongside
musical masters of our orchestra.
Orchestra is available for public performances and CD recordings for
contemporary composers and eagerly awaits spectacular World
Premiers written specifically for us to perform. Of
course, each new program will include our beloved classical
masterpieces, as well.
music holds a major spiritual key for humanities evolution; it always
has and will find an audience as well as material support from
contributing individuals, organizations and governments, without which
music simply couldn't exist. We are positive that New
Symphony Orchestra of Israel will find such support and