Meet Irit Rub
Sulamot’s New CEO

Irit Rub, is the new CEO of Sulamot-Music for Social Change and has extensive experience in music education and community outreach programs as well as being an international accomplished concert pianist.

Irit Rub is the founder and director of KeyNote, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s music education and community outreach program, which she began in January 2000. She has since been responsible for all the IPO’s programs for children and families: musical story-telling time for young children, the IPO Family concert series, as well as the orchestra’s children and family concerts on Saturday mornings in the Zucker Hall, at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

The KeyNote Program reaches over 20,000 children from all over Israel, in an array of musical education programs that bring the younger generations closer to classical music in general, and to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in particular.

KeyNote offers a wide selection of music programs suited for the community, from kindergarten children to college and university students.

In addition to her music education work, Irit Rub is an active concert pianist, appearing regularly in recitals, chamber music concerts and as a soloist with numerous orchestras.

In Israel, she has appeared with all the major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

Irit is a graduate of the Vienna Hochschüle für Musik, where she studied with Prof. Hans Graf. After further studies with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, she earned her Artist’s Diploma with honors.

Irit Rub founded the Tel Aviv Piano Duo with pianist Ariel Cohen. The Duo has given many performances in Israel and abroad, including the World Premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles, in Tel-Aviv and London, in the presence of the composer.

She has recorded six CDs, including two with flutist Yossi Arnheim, with whom she also appeared on concert tours in Europe and the Far East. Their CD of works by Martinů, in which they are joined by musicians from the Israel Philharmonic, gained critical acclaim from the prestigious American Record Guide.

Since 2006, Irit has been appearing with baritone and actor David Sebba in the successful show Stand-Up Opera, with over 200 performances throughout Israel, including two television appearances on Intermezzo with Arie Vardi. In January 2012, the show made its debut abroad, as part of the Estonian International Music Festival.

Irit Rub regularly performs in chamber music concerts with celebrated artists from Israel and abroad. She has appeared with flutists Andrea Griminelli and Maxim Rubtsov, tenor Daniel Johannsen, violinists Ivry Gitlis and Sarah Chang, and two years ago with Joshua Bell, during his visit to Israel.

Together with cellist Ella Toovy, she edits the Evening Chamber Series in Beit Yitzhak, as a contribution to the community.

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