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Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra / Steven Sloane Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano

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Konzerthaus Berlin
Tue, 22 Jun 20:00

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra / Steven Sloane Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano

As his first season as chief conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra comes to a close, Steven Sloane brings his orchestra to Germany to perform a concert together with the “grande dame of the piano world”, pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. Steven Sloane is well known to audiences in Berlin as a guest conductor of the Konzerthausorchester, DSO, Deutsche Oper, and Komische Oper.

Founded in 1936 primarily by emigrants from Germany, the JSO has since been considered Israel’s leading orchestra – alongside the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in Tel Aviv that same year. Now, for the first time in over 10 years, they make their return to Germany. In addition to classics by Beethoven and Stravinsky, the programme includes two well-known Israeli composers, both born in Tel Aviv: Noam Sheriff, who studied with Boris Blacher in Berlin in the 1950s, and the Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi, a long-time resident of Berlin.


Also at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on 19 June 2021!



Steven Sloane

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American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane is a visionary whose creative concepts and outstanding artistic merits have garnered respect in both artistic circles and in the realm of cultural politics. A student of Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara, and Gary Bertini, he quickly set off for an international career and served as music director of the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera North in Leeds, and the American Composers Orchestra, as principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and as artistic director of “Ruhr.2010” Capital of Culture.

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Elisabeth Leonskaja

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For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. In a world dominated by the media, Elisabeth Leonskaja has remained true to herself and to her music, and in doing so, is following in the footsteps of the great Russian musicians of the Soviet era, such as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels, who never wavered in their focus on the quintessence of music despite working in a very difficult political environment. Her almost legendary modesty still makes her somewhat media-shy today. Yet as soon as she walks out on the stage, audiences can sense the force behind the fact that music is and always has been her life’s work.

Website of Elisabeth Leonskaja

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

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The JSO was founded in 1936 essentially by emigrants from Germany. It has ever since been considered the leading Israeli orchestra, alongside the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in Tel Aviv the same year. American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane has been the orchestra’s new Music Director since season 2020/21.

Sloane, who initially worked in Israel for 10 years after completing his music studies in the U.S., has lived in Germany since 1988. For the first time in over a decade, he brings the JSO back to Germany to perform works by leading contemporary Israeli composers alongside classics of the orchestra literature.

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Samir Odeh-Tamimi

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Samir Odeh-Tamimi has developed a distinctive musical language, which draws upon his intense involvement with both western avantgarde music and Arabic musical performance practice. Born in Jaljulia near Tel-Aviv and inspired by both European classical music and the aesthetics of New Music, the composer came to Germany at the age of 22 to study musicology and composition. While engaging with compositional role models such as Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis, he also found himself coming to terms with the musical culture of his home country.

Website of Samir Odeh-Tamimi

Event Details

Date: June 22 @ 8:00 pm
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Konzerthaus Berlin