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Monday, 07 May 2012 13:49

Audio Gallery

"Concerto for Peter" with the Ra'anana Symphonette Orchestra, conductor - Rafi Kadishson
soloist Peter Wertheimer (saxophones, Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, and Flute)
1st movement 2nd movement

Song Without Words - for Guitar Solo - 
Liat Cohen, Guitar 

Monday, 07 May 2012 13:06


Hellicon CD1

String Quartet No.1 in D, op.11
1. I Moderato e semplice 11:01
2. II Andante cantabile 6:16
3. III Scherzo (Allegro non tanto e con fucoso) 4:19
4. IV Finale (Allegro giusto) 6:59
String Quartet No.2 in F, op.22
5. I Adagio-Moderato assai 12:20
6. II Scherzo (Allegro giusto) 5:07
7. III Andante ma non tanto 11:46
8. IV Finale (Allegro non moto) 6:12

The IPO Richter String Quartet
Ilya Konovalov,
violin / Shmuel Glaser, violin
Dmitry Ratush, viola / Felix Nemirovsky, cello

Recording venue:
The Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv
Recording dates: 12-15 September 2010

Total Time: 64:07

Hellicon CD2

String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor, op.30
1. I Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Andante sostenuto 15:27
2. II Allegretto vivo e scherzando 3:55
3. III Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto 10:50
4. IV Allegro non troppo e risoluto 5:52
String Sextet in D minor 'Souvenir De Florence', op.70*
5. I Allegro con spirito 10:45
6. II Adagio cantabile e con moto 9:33
7. III Allegretto moderato 6:35
8. IV Allegro vivace 7:10

The IPO Richter String Quartet
Ilya Konovalov,
violin / Shmuel Glaser, violin
Dmitry Ratush, viola / Felix Nemirovsky, cello

*Vladislav Krasnov, Viola / Kirill Mihanovsky, cello

Recording venue:
The Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv
Recording dates: 12-15 September 2010

Total Time: 70:14

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 20:04

Members CV

      Yevgenia Pikovsky, Principal Violin

Yevgenia Pikovsky, , winner of 1993 Vittorio Gui and Verchelli Competitions, has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in concert halls in the USA, Israel, Russia, Poland, Italy and France. In 1993, she made her debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Zubin Metha. In 1997, after studies in the USA and in Israel, she founded the Chamber Ensemble Millennium in Jerusalem, with whom she has appeared in numerous live radio broadcasts in Israel and has recorded two CDs. She is a member of ensemble “Quatro Plus”, which performed in the Jerusalem International Chamber Festival, Israel Festival and abroad, in USA and Europe. In June 2006, Yevgenia Pikovsky won the audition for Concertmaster position in Bern Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland and during the seasons 2006-2008 she served as its Concertmaster. As soloist, she has appeared with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts and on tour, under Maestro Zubin Mehta. She is a member of the teaching staff in Jerusalem Academy of Music and student orchestra coach for strings. Since the 2014-15 season she is a leader of the second violins group of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Asaf Maoz, Violin  

Asaf Maoz, Born in Israel in 1979, Asaf Maoz is a graduate of the Talma Yellin School of the Arts, the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv,  and the Rostock Hochschule für Musik, Germany, where he studied with such eminent teachers as Ahuva Driblat, Simon Yerushevich, Ora Shiran and Axel Wilczok. He regularly appears in festivals, such as Apple hill “Playing for Peace”, Verbier in Switzerland, Jerusalem International Chamber Music, Festival de Bellerive in Switzerland and Music in the Desert Festival, Sde Boker, Israel. He was a member of the “Capital dance orchestra” that plays mainly swing music. Asaf Maoz served in the IDF as a distinguished musician. He has won several competitions and scholarships from the America-Israel Foundation, Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now” and the Fundación Barenboim-Said. During 2004-2013 he resided in Berlin where he was a member of the “Komische Oper Berlin” (Asisstant concertmaster), the “Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin” (concertmaster and principal 2nd violin), the “Tel Aviv Soloists ensemble” and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (concertmaster and principal 2nd violin). He has been a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Maestro Daniel Barenboim 2000-2012 (Principal 2nd violin). In 2006-2007 he has served as Principal 2nd violin in the German “Bielefelder Philharmoniker”. Since October 2013 he is a member of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra. 

   Dmitry Ratush,  Viola  Asst. Principal

In 1990 Dmitry Ratush and his family left Russia and settled in Israel. In the same year he had begun his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem with world- renowned viola virtuoso and composer Michael Kugel. Graduating from Jerusalem Academy in 1994, Mr. Ratush continued his studies in Dallas, Texas at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts with Dr. E. Schmieder and Professor B. Hustis.
Dmitry Ratush, assistant principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra since 2004, made his debut in New York at the Merkin Concert Hall in 1991. Dmitry, among the leading string players in Israel, was an assistant principal violist of the Israel Camerata Orchestra and a principal violist of the Bern Symphony orchestra in Switzerland. During his service with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra he was a member of the IPO string quartet. 
From last season Mr. Ratush is taking part in important projects as a guest principal violist in Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Palau del les Arts (Spain) under button of  Maestro Zubin Mehta. 
Dmitry Ratush is a founding member of the Chamber Ensemble Millennium, at Targ Music Center in Jerusalem. With the ensemble, Dmitry appeared on a number of life broadcasts of  Kol Hamusica, the Israel’ Classical Music Channel and recorded two CDs. Admired by his colleagues and audiences as a chamber music partner he has performed regularly in Israel Festival and Voice of Music Festival in the Upper Galilee. Also Mr. Ratush appears as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world in International Festivals and Chamber Music Series.

   Felix Nemirovsky, Cello  

Felix Nemirovsky was born in 1963 in Tashkent. He was Principal Cellist of the Moldavian Opera Orchestra and the Moldavian Radio Chamber Orchestra until 1990, when he immigrated to Israel. Here he joined the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le-Zion (1990-91) and was Co-principal Cellist with the Camerata Orchestra (1991-92). In 1992 he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Felix Nemirovsky has participated in chamber music festivals in Israel, France, Germany and South Korea as well as in the Terezienstadt Music Project. He has played chamber music with Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, Maxim Vengerov, Gil Shaham, Lang Lang and others. He has also appeared in recitals and chamber concerts in Israel and abroad and as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Felix Nemirovsky teaches chamber music in Tel Aviv Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. A former member of the Tel-Aviv Chamber Music Ensemble, and the Quattro Plus Ensemble. 

Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:44

Video clips

Mozart Violin Concerto No 5 - Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra     

Glazunov concerto - end of 3rd movement     

R. Strauss - Sonata in Eb Major Op 18 - 2nd movement    


R. Strauss - Sonata in Eb Major Op 18 - 3rd movement          

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto -  Audio 
Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta, Argentina 1.3.2018
Music Director / Conductor: Noam Zur

2nd Movement Canzonetta 

Finale Allegro 

Friday, 04 May 2012 16:04


Stefano Palatchi has consolidated his international career thanks to his admirable vocation for theatre, his attractive timbre and his much applauded expressive faculties. The bass, from the city ofBarcelona, studied with Maya Maiska, Gino Bechi, Ettore Campogaliani and Armen Boyajian, in his native town as well as inFlorenceandNew York.

His tone is powerful, wide, dark, sonorous, and agile with really good low notes and nobility on stage. With his presence in almost every Spanish opera season and in some of the most respected international theatres, he has become an indispensable singer-actor and the most important Spanish basses of the last decades.

Since his debut in the Gran Teatre Del Liceu in Barcelona25 years ago, in 1986, he has won the affection of audiences. In his continued relationship with the Barcelona theatre, he has taken part in several hundred performances of more than thirty operas from a wide repertoire, in which his affinity with Verdi’s music stands out, consolidating his position as the prototype for a “basso verdiano” playing such roles as Filippo II (Don Carlo Teatro Campoamor, Oviedo), Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino, Liceu Barcelona), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra, Liceu), Walter (Luisa Miller, ABAO) Banquo (Macbeth, Liceu, Minnesota, Valencia, Malaga), Ramfis (Aida, Liceu, Metropolitan Opera House, Minnesota, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile), Sparafucile (Rigoletto, Teatro Real, Colón, Buenos Aires, Liceu, Jerez, Las Palmas) and Ferrando (Il Trovatore, Teatro Zarzuela, Real, Liceu, Campoamor) Jorg (Stiffelio, Teatro Argentino, La Plata).

However, Stefano Palatchi’s voice has allowed him to take on other styles and composers with success, such as Mozart –Die Zauberflöte (Teatro Real, Las Palmas) Puccini or bel canto -Turandot (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Liceu, Valencia, Málaga), La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, Liceu, Teatro Real, Sao Carlos de Lisboa), Lucia di Lammermoor (Liceu, Colón de Buenos Aires, Valencia, Málaga), La Favorita (Liceu, Real, Pamplona, Campoamor de Oviedo), La Sonnambula (Liceu, Bilbao) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ankara, Liceu, Las Palmas)-, as well as French opera -Samson et Dalila (Liceu, Real), Thaïs (Liceu, Las Palmas, Oviedo) or Roméo et Juliette (Oviedo, Jérez, Lausanne, Modena)- and contemporary, having performed in absolute premieres such as Balada’s Cristóbal Colón (Liceu, alongside Caballé and Carreras), Guinjoan’s Gaudi, (Liceu), García Demestres’s Joc de mans, (Modena Auditorium), Balada’s Faust-Bal, (Teatro Real, Madrid), and Halffter’s Lázaro (Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Athens Megaron). His incursions into other repertoire range from Baroque to Zarzuela, with acclaimed performances, such as his outstanding Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

In 1999, Palatchi was one of the protagonists in the reopening of the new Liceu in 1999, taking part in the opera Turandot and in the recent seasons he has sung in Madrid, Bilbao, Oviedo, Seville, Paris, Rome, Marseille, Lisbon, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Puerto Rico, Washington, San Francisco, Verona, Peralada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or New York, collaborating with outstanding conductors (Gardelli, Bonynge, Zedda, Santi, Oren, López Cobos, Menotti, Rilling, Rozhdestvensky, Ros Marbà, Guingal, Frühbeck de Burgos, Davis or Armiliato) and from the beginning of his career, alongside artists such as Sutherland, Kraus, Aragall, Caballé, Berganza, Carreras, Freni, Milnes, Bruson, Gruberova, Domingo, Carreras, Alagna, Gheorghiu, Cura, Zajick, Bartoli, Villazón, Renée Fleming and many others.

In the field of concerts, Stefano Palatchi has extensive experience in works like Mozart’s Requiem or Verdi’s Requiem Mass, both performed in the last two seasons at the Palau de la Música, Barcelona and Peralada International Festival and recently Berlioz’s  L’enfance du Christ  on a tour  inFrance with  l’ONPL conducted by John Alexrod.

Some of his engagements in the next months include Adriana Lecouvreur and Aida at the Gran Teatre del Liceu,Barcelona and various concerts at the Palau de la Musica,Barcelona.

Stefano Palatchi has an extensive recording career (see discography section), with works for Decca, RTVE Música, Columna Música, Nightingale Classics, Koch Discover, Astrée Auvidis, Auvidis, Auvidis Valois, Sello Autor, Naxos and Opus Arte. With the recording of La Dolores, by Bretón, he obtained a Latin Grammy Award; with Margarita la Tornera, by Chapí, he was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award; and with El Gato con Botas, by Montsalvatge, he obtained a nomination for the Grammy Awards. Palatchi is patron of the Clarós Foundation dedicated to the support of acute deafness through research, prevention and education.

Thursday, 03 May 2012 07:58

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:32


Displaying a dazzling combination of technical brilliance and a uniquely profound musical personality, Hagai Shaham is internationally recognized as one of the astonishing young violinists who have emerged from Israel in recent years. Hagai Shaham began studying the violin at age of six and was the last student of the late renowned Professor Ilona Feher. He also studied with Elisha Kagan, Emanuel Borok, Arnold Steinhardt and the Guarneri Quartet. 

In September 1990, Hagai Shaham and his duo partner, Arnon Erez, won the first prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in the Violin-Piano duo category, the first competitors to be awarded this coveted first prize since 1971. His other awards include first prizes at the Ilona Kornhouser competition, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority Young Artist competition, The Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy competition, four Clairmont Awards, and annual scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation. 

As a soloist he has performed with many of the world's major orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Belgian National Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique Francais, Taipei, Singapore and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, SWF Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra, Slovak and Belgrade Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall, following which Zubin Mehta invited him to perform Brahms' Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall. 

In 2006 he performed once again this work under Mehta, at the Isrel Philharmonic 70th anniversary's celebrations with cellist Misha Maisky. 

Hagai Shaham is in great demand as recitalist. He regularly tours throughout Europe, North and Central America and performing at international recital series and festivals. 

Hagai Shaham recorded for Decca International, Chandos, Biddulph, Naxos, Classic Talent and AVIE. He records regularly for Hyperion, where his CDs received critical acclaim. 

Hagai Shaham is a professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University;  His Master Classes in Europe and Israel attract many students. 

Together with his colleague, violinist Ittai Shapira, he is co-founder of The Ilona Feher Foundation.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:34

OperaVideo- Noam Zur

Noam Zur - Conductor, Opera Video Gallery 

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Die Fledermaus: Overture
Nabucco: Overture
Nabucco: Gli arredi festivi
Tosca: Te Deum
Turandot: Opening Scene & Choir
La Boheme: Mi chiamamo Mimi
Zauberflöte: Sprecher Szene
Zauberflöte: Einleitung 2. Akt
Don Giovanni: Zerlina's Aria
Don Giovanni: Recitative and Aria Donna Anna
Wagner: Tannhäuser 'Einzug der Gäste'
Wagner: Das Rheingold - Finale

Die Fledermaus
September 2010

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Nabucco: Overture
April 2009


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Nabucco: Gli arredi festivi
October 2009

Wagner: Tannhäuser 'Einzug der Gäste'
January 2009

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Wagner: Das Rheingold - Finale
December 2008

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Monday, 30 April 2012 09:19


he Israeli born Dan Ettinger is one of the internationally acclaimed talented young conductors of his generation.
Since the beginning of the 2009/2010 season he has been General Music Director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim and in April 2010 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition Dan Ettinger serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra since September 2005.

Dan Ettinger discovered already in early childhood his love to classical music and started piano lessons at the age of five.
During his studies at the “Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts” he also played the double bass and took his first singing lessons.
Right after his graduation he continued his vocal training at the “Rubin Academy of Music” in the Tel-Aviv University and was a scholarship holder of the “America Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF)” and the “Israel Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI)”.

Whilst studying, the young lyric baritone has already appeared on the concert platform and as a first prize winner of the “Francois Shapira” competition he made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in April 1993 performing Gustav Mahler's “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”. 

In the course of his singing career in his homeland he portrayed the major roles of the lyric baritone repertoire, such as Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in  Die Zauberflöte, Lescaut in Manon, Albert in Werther, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Dancairo in Carmen.  

The singer Dan Ettinger stayed devoted to his piano playing and teaching, and so he joined the faculty of the “Rubin Academy of Music” in the Tel-Aviv University and the “Academy of Music and Dance” in Jerusalem as a vocal coach and accompanist.
The success of the young artist was an inspiration and made a decisive influence on the development of a new generation of young singers in Israel.

Due to his tremendous versatility and autodidactic skills Dan Ettinger turned towards conducting, being deeply inspired especially by artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Sergiu Celibidache and Herbert von Karajan. The first opportunity came through an engagement as house conductor and chorus master at the Israeli Opera in Tel-Aviv, where he debuted in 1999 with Don Pasquale.

In the following years he acquired experience in conducting a rich operatic repertoire including Aida, La belle Hélène, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Evgeny Onegin, L'Italiana in Algeri, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Norma, La Traviata and Die Zauberflöte.

Since the beginning of his conducting career Dan Ettinger is also well known on the concert stage. He performed in winter 2001 Rossini's “Petite Messe Solennelle“ and Verdi's “Messa di Requiem“ in the Liturgica festival of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and in the years 2002-2003 he served as their principal guest conductor and interpreted major orchestral works like Berlioz's “Symphonie fantastique“, Mahler's 4th Symphony and Mozart's Requiem. During this time he also made his debuts with the Israel Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2003 he was “Chosen Artist“ of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation, Classical Music.

In the year 2003 Dan Ettinger was invited by General Music Director Daniel Barenboim to the  Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. First engaged as Mr. Barenboim's assistant he was associated with the house until 2009 as Kapellmeister and enriched his repertoire with important works of the operatic literature, such as La Bohème, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, L'Elisir d'Amore, Falstaff, Macbeth, Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, Tannhäuser, Tosca, La Traviata, Turandot and Die Zauberflöte.

In addition to his many responsibilities at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Dan Ettinger debuted in 2004 and 2005  at the Bayerische Staatsoper München with Le nozze di Figaro and at the Hamburgische Staatsoper with Rigoletto.

Further stations in his international career have been in the 2004/2005 season his successful USA debut with Aida at the Los Angeles Opera and in the following season conducting Robert Wilson's Madama Butterfly.

In 2007 he first stood on the podium of the Wiener Staatsoper conducting a production of L'Elisir d'Amore.
Following an invitation of Placido Domingo he returned to the USA to musically lead Martha Domingo's La Traviata at the Washington National Opera. With Turandot he debuted in spring 2009 at the Zurich Opera House.

Also in Japan acclaims Dan Ettinger great success. Since making his debut in 2004 with Falstaff, directed by Jonathan Miller, he has been a welcome guest at the New National Theatre Tokyo and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore followed the productions of Cosi fan tutte, Der Freischütz and Idomeneo.

Among the highlights of his conducting engagements at the New National Theatre Tokyo were Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in spring 2009 and the continuation of Keith Warner's “Tokyo Ring” with Siegfried and Die Götterdämmerung in spring 2010. Based of this intense and trustful cooperation with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra he took over as Chief Conductor in April 2010 to extend the existing continuous concerts activities since 2006.

A significant development in Dan Ettinger's career was his appointment as General Music Director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim as of the 2009/2010 season. Under this position he conducted the new productions of Carmen, Turandot, Evgeny Onegin, Lohengrin and Die Zauberflöte and quickly became the theatre public and concert goers favorite. Together with the director Günter Krämer he has been responsible for the creation of the new production of La clemenza di Tito at Mannheim's Mozart summer festival 2010 in Schwetzingen. In addition he conducted the revivals of Cosi fan tutte, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Le nozze di Figaro.

Also in the Mannheim concert scene Dan Ettinger and the Musikalische Akademie des Nationaltheater-Orchesters have made a significant impact. Starting with a triumphal kick off with Mahler's 2nd Symphony and further attractive concert highlights, such as Beethoven's “Eroica”, Liszt's “Faust-Sinfonie”, Mahler's 4th Symphony, Strawinsky's „Le sacre du printemps“ and the Symphonische Ring, followed the General Music Director and his orchestra the renowned tradition of the Musikalische Akademie's concert series since 1778. 
To the most important future plans in Mannheim belongs the new production of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle directed by Achim Freyer, and in the 2013/2014 season Dan Ettinger will be focusing on the major works of Richard Strauss, among them Elektra and Salome.

Even these present days the internationally acclaimed Israeli conductor keeps on shaping the musical landscape of his homeland.
Since his appointment as Music Director and Principal Conductor in 2005 he led the Israel Symphony Orchestra to one of Israel's leading orchestras. 

In recent years Dan Ettinger made his debuts with great success at the most prestigious international opera houses.
In 2009 he was engaged to conduct Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera New York. With David McVicar's Rigoletto took place in autumn 2010 his celebrated debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in 2011 followed his first appearance at the  Opéra national de Paris conducting Giorgio Strehler's legendary production of Le nozze di Figaro.

Due to his energetic and inspiring performances further engagements where announced at the Bayerische Staatsoper München with Carmen (2008/2009 and 2010/2011) and La Traviata (2009/2010) and at the Wiener Staatsoper with L'Italina in Algeri (2009/2010) and Aida (2010/2011).

During the 2011/2012 season Dan Ettinger will be regularly seen at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, interpretingCarmen, L'Elisir d'Amore, Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème and Turandot, and in January 2012 he will also make there his concert debut with Mahler's 2nd Symphony.
In fall 2011 he returns to the New National Theatre Tokyo to lead Heinz Zednik's revival of Die Fledermaus and in January 2012 to the Wiener Staatsoper for Otello.

His upcoming engagements, in addition to his many tasks and responsibilities in Mannheim, Tokyo and Tel-Aviv, include a return appearance at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 2012 with Turandot, as well as Carmen, La Bohème and La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper München and Aida, Carmen, Otello and Tosca at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2013.

The seasons 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 will also bring Dan Ettinger back to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to conduct La Traviata as well as La Bohème, and a new production of Rossini's Guillaume Tell at the Bayerische Staatsoper München is planned for him in summer 2014.

Monday, 30 April 2012 09:14


Arthur Fagen is in great demand as a conductor of symphony and opera in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.  He is a regular guest at the most prestigious opera houses, concert halls, and music festivals at home and abroad. Mr. Fagen has been  Professor of Orchestral Conducting at  the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University since 2008. Additionally, he is Music Director of the Atlanta Opera since 2010. 

Mr. Fagen was born in New York where he began his conducting studies with Laszlo Halasz. Further studies continued at the Curtis Institute under the guidance of Max Rudolf, and both at the Salzburg Mozarteum and with Hans Swarowsky. A former assistant of both Christoph von Dohnanyi (Frankfurt Opera) and James Levine (Metropolitan Opera), Mr. Fagen's career has been marked by a string of notable appearances, he has conducted opera productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, Theatre Capitole de Toulouse, Bordeaux Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New Israeli Opera, Baltimore Opera, Edmonton Opera, Spoleto Festival, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Stadttheater Bozen, and from 1998 to 2001, Mr. Fagen was invited regularly as Guest Conductor at the Vienna State Opera. On the concert podium, Mr. Fagen has appeared with internationally known orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, RAI Orchestras (Torino, Naples, Milano, Roma), the Bergen Philharmonic, Prague Spring Festival, the Dutch Radio Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few. 

Mr. Fagen has an opera repertory of more than 75 works. He has served as Principal Conductor in Kassel and Brunswick, as Chief Conductor of the Flanders Opera of Antwerp and Ghent, as Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and a member of the conducting staff of the Chicago LyricOpera. 
In 2002/2007 Mr. Fagen was the Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera. Following his successful concerts with the Dortmund Philharmonic at the Grosse Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Arthur Fagen and the Dortmund Philharmonic were invited to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, and in Salzburg, Beijing and Shanghai. He conducted in that period, among others, new opera productions of Siegfried, Götterdämmerung  and  two Ring Cycles.

Mr. Fagen conducted a new production of Turandot at the Atlanta Opera in 2007, opening the season with enormous success and inaugurating the new Opera House, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Soon after he conducted in Atlanta the contemporary opera Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle Floyd. In 2008 he was appointed  Professor of Music in instrumental conducting at Indiana University Jacobs School of Musik in Bloomington. The season included engagements with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Holland Sinfonia, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Sicily and Rome's Symphony Orchestras, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Opera de Nice, concerts in Spain (Las Palmas, Navarra) and in Taiwan. A CD for Naxos was released in October 2007, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies with the Staatskapelle Weimar.

Last two seasons Mr. Fagen conducted Beethoven's Fidelio in Portland, Akhnaten by Philip Glass and Wagner's Fliegende Hollaender in Atlanta, as well as a new production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. He conducted the NDR Hannover in Braunschweig and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Winterthur Orchestra in Switzerland, and has been invited to conduct concerts in Italy, Spain, Poland and South America. 

Arthur Fagen was first prizewinner of the "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conductors Competition" as well as prizewinner of the "Gino Marinuzzi International Conductors' Competition" in Italy.
Mr. Fagen has recorded for BMG, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SFB and WDR Cologne. He records regularly for Naxos, for whom he has completed the 6 symphonies of Bohuslav Martinu. The recent Naxos recording of Martinu's Piano Concertos has been awarded an Editor's Choice in the March 2010 issue of Gramophone Magazine.

July 2011