Lahav Shani
Inaugural Season

Dear Subscribers,

In a country where the word “routine” is almost meaningless, with a reality that changes daily and so much uncertainty in all areas, the Israel Philharmonic and I are especially proud of our loyal subscribers, and this should not be taken for granted. During the pandemic, we continued to make music, mainly in recordings and internet broadcasts. But now, with our return to normal, we were thrilled to see that the special connection between the orchestra and audience is stronger than ever, and are delighted to tell you about our coming season. My first year as Music Director was supposed to feature special and varied programs, with debuts of many celebrated soloists, and, of course, the return of old friends. But, our face is to the future and we have prepared for you a season that is equally exciting.

A combination of popular and novel

The programs this year will be diverse, some featuring popular and well-loved works, some intriguing and exciting, and some combining both. Our first program will feature Stravinsky’s famous ballet, The Rite of Spring, together with a work by Noam Sheriff, whose early compositions were influenced by Stravinsky, and who was also the first Israeli composer to be performed at Heichal Hatarbut.
Some of our celebrated soloists, such as Pinchas Zukerman, Daniil Trifonov and Tabea Zimmermann will perform popular works by Bruch, Walton and Prokofiev, alongside works by Kopytman, Bartok and Mason Bates. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear lesser-known works performed by some of the greatest soloists of our time!

Unique collaborations

I am particularly looking forward to several unique collaborations this season. In November the orchestra will share the stage for the first time at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium with our next-door neighbor, the Habimah Theater. Together we will perform a special version of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Moshe Kaftan. The orchestra will also perform a new version of Bartok’s ballet, The Miraculous Mandarin, with original choreography by Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk for an ensemble of dancers. Another innovation this season: I will be joining the orchestra musicians as a pianist in the Chamber Music Series. The opening festive concert of the series will be performed for the first time in the Lowy Hall.


This year, the orchestra will celebrate its 85th anniversary, with a dream list of the world’s greatest conductors, singers and soloists. One of our best-loved is Yefim Bronfman, who will be this season’s Artist-in-Residence. He will perform two programs as soloist at the end of the season, and will appear in a chamber concert with orchestra members, as well as two recitals – a solo recital and a recital for two pianos with me.
Finally, I am especially delighted to tell you that Zubin Mehta will be returning to us! He chose to make a big comeback with Puccini’s Tosca.

And we have yet to mention the recitals and special concerts for the orchestra’s 85th anniversary that will take place throughout the season, or the guests who will be making their debut with us, etc. All these details can be found here on our website.

I look forward to seeing you next season.

Lahav Shani