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 young 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.
Irit Rub, in addition to the Keynote Program, is now the Director of Sulamot-Music for Social Change ,which is an outreach music program of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for disadvantaged children, children in special education and blind/visually impaired children throughout Israel.
Co-founder and ex-chairman of Sulamot has a law degree from University of Stockholm.
After a career in insurance and reinsurance she has mostly been active with philanthropic work within the arts, music and education.
Yoel Abadi is both a managing member and a horn player in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has performed under the batons of renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, and many others. As a soloist in the Kaprisma Ensemble, Yoel regularly performs in concerts in Israel and abroad, and has recorded 5 albums which include some pieces written specifically for him.Yoel is a founding member of The New Israeli Ensemble and has performed in chamber concerts with Sharon Kam and Itamar Golan. As a natural horn player, Yoel has performed with Anthony Fey, Marc Vallon, Zvi Meniker, and other prominent artists in the field of early music.Amongst the festivals he participated in, are the Rolandseck Festival (Germany), Classical Winter Festival (Israel), Spring Festival of St. Petersburg, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, where he performed alongside Daniel Barenboim.Yoel Abadi studied with James Cox, and received a scholarship to study at Rice University with William VerMeulen. He has also studied natural horn at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University.For more than 10 consecutive years, Yoel was a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Yoel Abadi teaches at the Academies of Music at both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Universities, and serves as a representative of the International Horn Society in Israel.
Currently, Dafna is Chairperson of the Executive Committee at the Mofet Institute and Chair of the Education Committee at the Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Levinsky College. Dafna is also a member of the Hamada Directorate, a Scientific Education Promotion Association and the Director of “Youth Futures” – a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for the Advancement of Students in Israel’s Social and Geographical Periphery. She is on the “Open Future” director’s committee to promote children in disadvantaged populations; and on the Israeli Opera Director Administration Board.
In the recent past, Dafna was a member of the National Museum Council. She was the Culture and Community Education Director in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Director of the Central District in the Ministry of Education.
Michal Musak started learning how to play the horn at the age of 12. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem School of Arts and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and History. In 1992, with a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (which she received from 1987-97), she studied under Dale Clevenger in Chicago, where she also appeared with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
After serving in an IDF music unit with accomplished musicians, Michal served as an assistant first horn player in the Broadcast Authority’s Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (1995-2003). In 2007, she was an assistant first horn player in the Rishon Letzion Philharmonic Orchestra. Another scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation enabled her to continue her studies at Bloomington University in Indiana, USA.
Michal has played with most of the key Israeli orchestras, and is currently a member of the 21st Century Ensemble. She has appeared in festivals in Israel, Switzerland and the United States, and participated in workshops with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, under the leadership of Daniel Birnbaum. Since the 2007-08 season, she has been playing for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yehoshua was born in Givatayim and began his musical studies with Zvi Zori who introduced him to the trombone. Like many professional trombone players in Israel, Yehoshua also studied with Ray Parnes, who for years served as first trombone player in the orchestra. In 1966, Yehoshua toured in Holland with the Gadna Orchestra and in 1967 joined Danny Kay’s famous world tour conducted by Shalom Ronelli-Riklis. Afterwards, he served with the IDF Orchestra, conducted by Ziko Graziani. In 1972, on the same night as his discharge from the IDF, Yehoshua joined the ranks of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Lorin Maazel.
With encouragement from Zubin Mehta, Yehoshua continued his studies with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s trombone group in 1976. Yehoshua is the former Chairman of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Administration.
Avi joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973 and has been the Secretary General since 1980. He is currently Artistic Consultant for the Verbier Festival and Academy which he founded in 1994, and where he was Artistic Director for the first decade. In 2019 he co-founded the Tsinandali Festival.
Avi is responsible for the logistic and artistic planning of the musical seasons of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Verbier Festival and Academy and the Tsinandali Festival. He is also charged with the organization and implementation of all aspects of their world tours (flights, hotels, fees, programmes) and special musical events. Other duties include negotiating artists’ contracts as well as recordings (actual and internet) of both the Orchestra and the Festival, local and international fundraising, and coordinating administrative and artistic liaisons. Throughout his career, Avi has established relationships with many famed artists – past and present – and has been fortunate to count them among his close friends.
Avi Shoshani holds a Master’s degree from Tel Aviv University where he studied comparative literature, theatre, business administration and education.
Alex is an accountant, with majors in Economics and Accounting from Tel Aviv University . He has been the Finance Manager of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005. Prior to that he served as CFO of Ness Technologies, an IT company.
Alex is also a member of the Heichal Hatarbut (Tel-Aviv Culture Center) board and an observer in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation Board.