The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman, and its inaugural concert, on 26 December 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Today, the IPO performs a full season of subscription concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, including a narrated Concert Series for Kids. The orchestra offers comprehensive educational and community outreach programs through KeyNote and Sulamot, and plays numerous special concerts in Israel.
The IPO annually tours the world’s cultural centers and prestigious festivals. Each season, the Orchestra hosts top conductors and soloists from around the world, and it helps to develop Israeli artists and young talents from both Israel and abroad. The IPO promotes Israeli composers, with frequent premieres of new works. The IPO also contributes to the absorption of new immigrants and includes in its ranks many new-immigrant musicians.
In 1968 Maestro Zubin Mehta was appointed Music Advisor to the IPO and in 1977 he became its Music Director. Leonard Bernstein was named IPO Laureate Conductor in 1988; in 1992 Kurt Masur was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor; and Yoel Levi has been Principal Guest Conductor of the IPO since the 2001-02 season.
Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda has been Chief Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2011-12 season. He is Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and Teatro Regio in Turin and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.