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234th Season

Avi Ostrovsky


Maestro Avi Ostrowsky was born in Israel in 1939. In 1961, he completed his studies at the Rubin Academy of Tel-Aviv, where he studied privately with Maestro Gary Bertini and Professor Mordechai Seter. Immediately afterwards, he worked with the major orchestras of Israel, among them the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He later went on to study under Professor Hans Swarowsky, and graduated from the Music Academy of Vienna in 1968. He also studied with Maestro Franco Ferrara in Italy. In 1968, Avi Ostrowsky won first prize at the Nikolai Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, from which time he began to be invited to conduct numerous orchestras all over the world.

In 1968, Maestro Ostrowsky became the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, a post he retained until 1972. In 1970 he founded The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, and was its Music Director and Principal Conductor until 1974. In 1973, he founded the Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, of which he was Music Director and Principal Conductor until 1978. From the same year until 1984, he served as Principal Conductor of the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra in Belgium, and in 1989 he became the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Oslo, a post he held until 1993. In the 1998−99 season, Maestro Avi Ostrowsky was again appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra where he remained until 2003.

Avi Ostrowsky has conducted the world's most prestigious orchestras, among them the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the BBC Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Philharmonic, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Romania, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey and the USA, conducting symphony concerts in addition to operas. He has toured together with various orchestras around the world, including a concert tour taken with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to Australia.

Maestro Ostrowsky has recorded a number of works on CD and DVD, including Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps and Pétrouchka, symphonies by Mahler, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique and symphonies by Schubert.


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