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YARON GOTTFRIED
Conductor | Composer | Pianist

Yaron Gottfried is one of the most prominent musicians of his generation in Israel, a multidisciplinary artist who bridges classical,contemporary and jazz music. Gottfried held the position of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra for 11 years between 2002-2013 with great success, presenting fresh innovative programs, packed halls, rave reviews and over 120 concerts in a season.

He graduated his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem under Maestro Mendi Rodan.

Gottfried’s conducting repertoire spans from the renaissance period to contemporary music.

Gottfried is a frequent guest at Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, In October 2016 He was invited to substitute for Maestro Zubin Mehta and conduct all eleven season opening concerts with major artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Khatia Buniatishvili , Prague philharmonic choir among others.

In January 2015 he led the IPO replacing Maestro Valery Gergiev at short
notice with an Israeli premier of Shostakovich 4th Symphony; the concert received rave reviews from the critics.

In September 2015 he performed a German premier with WDR Funkhausorchester of his “Pictures at an Exhibition-Remake“ for jazz trio and orchestra after Mussorgsky.

In October 2015 he lead the IPO Annual Gala event in an all-Gershwin program. In January 2015 he led the IPO replacing Maestro Valery Gergiev at short notice with an Israeli premier of Shostakovich 4th Symphony; the concert received rave reviews from the critics.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season include concert series with the Maggio musicale Fiorntino orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, San Jose Youth Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony orchestra, Raanana Symphonette , Tel Aviv Soloists Orchestra, Leading a new production of Orfeo ed Euridice with the Israeli Opera with Macao symphony, Leading the opening concert of the Rubinstein competition and the premiere of four of his new compositions, Piano Trio, Nocturne for trumpet and Orchestra, Mongolian Suite for symphony Orchestra and a new Song Cycle.

Gottfried was awarded the “Israeli Prime Minister’s Award for Composers 2014,” and he is regularly invited to conduct and perform his works with major orchestras, festivals and halls worldwide such as: Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony (IBA), Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Jerusalem, Raanana Symphonette, Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, China Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Chengdu Philharmonic, Manila Philharmonic, WDR Funkhausorchester, Potsdam Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Tbilisi Symphony, Thüringen Symphony, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Debrecen Philharmonic, Kodaly Philharmonic, Brazos Valley Symphony, La Crosse Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Salta Symphony, L’Auditori – Barcelona Symphonic Band and Tallinn Festival Orchestra, among others. He is regularly invited as a guest artist to perform at major halls in China such as “Forbidden City Concert Hall“ (FCCH), Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing NCPA as well as festivals in China, Italy, Denmark, Georgia and Estonia.

Gottfried’s unique approach to rhythm and sound is deeply reflected in his compositions which represent a fusion between genres and styles. His works are published by Sikorski Music Publishers. His “Pictures at an Exhibition-Remake“ was released in May 2014 on a new CD with GPR Records and is distributed by Naxos USA. The album received great reviews from Fanfare Magazine and in the Israeli press. Among his works are concertos, orchestral works, vocal works and orchestral arrangements. His “Baroque Jazz Project” for jazz trio and orchestra has been performed over 50 times, receiving high acclaim all over the world with many orchestras. A new tango album which he musically produced and arranged for international artist Yasmin Levy was released by Harmonia Mundi in September 2014.

Gottfried is the Head of Composition and Conducting Department at Rimon School for Contemporary Music and Jazz.

The Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation selected Maestro Gottfried as its chosen artist for 2003-2007. He is a member of the prestigious MacDowell Colony in the USA and 1st prize winner of the Young Artists Conductors competition held by the Israel Philharmonic and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and 1st prize winner of the Red Sea Jazz Festival Composition Competition. Gottfried’s deep musical interests in jazz led him to perform with major jazz artists such as: Eddie Gomez, Eddie Daniels, Didier Lockwood, Dave Liebman, Ira Sullivan, Randy Brecker, Georgie Fame, Kitty Margolis, Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath to name a few.

Yaron Repertoire list

Bach, J. S.
Cantatas: 15, 131, 140, 170
St. Matthew Passion
Johannes Passion

Mass in B minor

Mass in G minor
Magnificat in D major
Orchestral Suite No. 1

Orchestral Suite No. 2

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Double Concerto for 2 Violins

Concerto for Harpsichord No. 5
Double Concerto for Violins & Oboe
Concerto for Violin in A minor

Barber, S. 
Adagio for Strings
Concerto for Violin
Capricorn Concerto

Bartok, B. 
Concerto for Orchestra
Romanian Folk Dances
Hungarian Sketches

Beethoven, L. van
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9
Choral Fantasy
Piano Concertos No. 1
Piano Concertos No. 3
Piano Concertos No. 4
Piano Concertos No. 5
Concerto for Violin
Triple Concerto for Violin, Piano, Cello
Overtures: Egmont, Coriolan, Leonora no.3

Berg, A.
Lyric suite

 Berio, L.
Folk songs

 Berlioz, H. 
Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein, L. 
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Various Songs
Divertimento for Orchestra
Overture to Candide
Chichester Psalms

Bizet, G. 
L’Arlesienne: Suites 1, 2
Carmen Suite No. 1, 2
Symphony in C

 Borodin, M.
Polovtsian Dances

Brahms, J. 
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Piano No. 2
Hungarian Dances 1, 5, 6, 7
Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16
Song of Destiny

 Britten, B.
Suite on English Folk Tunes
Simple Symphony
Four sea interludes from Peter Grimes
The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestra

 Bruch, M.
Kol Nidrei
Concerto for Violin

 Bruckner, A.
Symphony No. 4

 Brouwer, L.
Cantata de Perugia for Guitar, Chorus and Orchestra

Canteloube, J. 
Chants d’Auvergne

Chopin, F.
Les Sylphides
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Piano No. 2

 Cimarosa, D.
Concerto for Oboe in C

Copland, A. 
Music for the Theatre
Appalachian spring ( Chamber version & Symphonic version )
Quiet City
Three Latin American Sketches
Rodeo

 Debussy, C. 
Prelude a l’Apres-midi d‘un faune
Nocturnes
Children’s Corner (Orch :Andre Caplet)
Sarabande
Iberia

Delius, F.
Two Pieces for Small Orchestra

Dukas, P.
L’Apprenti Sorcier

Dvořák, A
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9
Concerto for Cello
Serenade
Slavonic Dances
Czech Suite


Falla, M.
The Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1, 2
Love, the Magician

Fang, L.
Concerto for Pipa

Faure, G.
Pavane
Masques et Bergamasques
Pelleas et Melisande
Requiem in D minor

Gershwin, G. 
Rhapsody in Blue (playing and conducting)
Theme and Variations on “I Got Rhythm”
Porgy and Bess (Suite of 40 min with Singers and Chorus)
Wide Selection of Songs

Ginastera, A.
Variaciones Concertantes
Estancia
Concerto for Harp

Glinka, M.
Kamarinskaya
Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Waltz Fantasy

Grieg, E.
Holberg Suite
Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, 2
Concerto for Piano
Two Norwegian Airs
Two Melodies

Handel, G. F.
Concerto Grosso, No. 2, Op. 3
Water Music
Concerto for Oboe, No. 3, G minor
Dixit Dominus
Selection of arias

Haydn, J. 
Symphonies No. 6, 45, 55, 60, 88, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 101, 102, 104
Concerto for Cello in C major
Concerto for Piano in D major
Concerto for Flute in D major
The Creation
Nelson Messe

 Ives, C.
The Unanswered Question

Jensen, L. I.
Japanese Spring

Kabalevsky, D.
The comedians suite 

Khachaturian, A.
Sabre Dance
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Gayaneh Suite No.1
Maskeraden Suite 

Kodaly, Z.
Dances of Galanta

Korsakov, R. 
Scheherazade

 Lalo, E.
Concerto for Cello

Liszt, F.
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2

Lutoslawski, W.
Dance Preludes

MacDowell, E. 
Indian Suite

Mahler, G. 
Songs of a Wayfarer
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

 Mendelssohn, F.
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang
Symphony for String No. 6
Midsummer Night’s Dream (complete)
Concerto for Violin
Concert piece for two Clarinets
The Hebrides
Die erste Walpurgisnacht
Psalm 42

 Milhaud, D.
Saudade do Brasil

Mozart, W. A. 
Symphonies No. 25, 29, 31, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
Sinfonia Concertante for Winds K.97b
Sinfonia concertante K.364
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Overture to Don Giovani
Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Impresario (Complete)
The Marriage of Figaro (Complete)
La Clemenza di Tito (Complete)
Concerto for Piano No. 21
Concerto for Piano No. 22
Concerto for Piano No. 23 ( playing and Conducting )
Concerto for Piano No. 24
Concerto for Clarinet
Selection of Arias
Coronation Mass
Great Mass in C
Ave Verum Vorpus
Requiem
Selcetion of Arias from Various Operas


Mussorgsky, M. P.
Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)
Night on Bald Mountain
Khovantchina: Introduction

Nielsen, C.
Symphony No. 2 

Pärt, A. 
Fratres
Tabula Rasa

Pergolesi, G. B.
Magnificat

Piazzola, A.
Concerto For Bandoneon
The Four Seasons
Selection of Tangos

 Poulenc, F.
Concerto for two Pianos  

Prokofiev, S.
Symphony No. 1 (Classical )
Symphony No. 5
Peter and the Wolf
Romeo and Juliet Excerpts from Suite no.1, 2, 3
Overture on Hebrew themes

 

Puccini, G.
Arias from Various Operas
Messa di Gloria

Rachmaninoff, S. 
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Piano No. 2

Raautavara, E.
Requiem of our time

Rameau, J.P.
Les Indes Galantes

 Ravel, M. 
Bolero
Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2
Rapsodie Espagnole
Concerto for Piano in G
Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
Mother Goose
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Tzigane

Respighi, O.
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1, 2
Pines of Rome

Rheinberger, J.
Stabat Mater

Rodrigo, J.
Concierto de Aranjuez
Musica para un Jardin

Rossini, G. 
Stabat Mater,
Selection of Arias
Overture to L’Itailana in Algeri
Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia
Overture to La gazza ladra
Overture to Guglielmo Tell
Overture to Il signor Bruschino

 Saint-Saens, C.
Carnival of the Animals
Concerto for Piano no.2
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Romance, Op. 36
Samson et Dalila  (Complete Opera)

 Salieri, A.
Requiem in C minor
La Folia, 26 Variations

Sarasate , P.
Zigeunerweisen

 Schubert, F.
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9 

Schumann, R. 
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 3
Concerto for Piano
 

Shostakovich, D.
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 10
Concerto for Piano and Trumpet
Concerto for Cello No. 1
Concerto For Violin no.1
Hamlet Film Suite
Jazz Suite

 

 

Sibelius, J. 
Symphony No .2
Pelleas and Melisande
Valse Triste

Smetana, B.
The Moldau

Strauss, J.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Fledermaus Overture
Kaise-Walzer
Wiener Blut
Selection of Polkas and Waltzes

Strauss, R. 
Four Last Songs
Don Juan
Till Eulenspiegel

Stravinsky, I. 
Le Sacre du Printemps
Pulcinella
The Firebird Suite
Dumbarton Oaks
Danses Concertantes
Ebony Concerto

Takemitsu, T.
How Slow the Wind

Tchaikovsky, P. I. 
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6
Suite no.4 (Mozartiana)
Romeo and Juliet
Concerto for Piano
Concerto for Violin,
Serenade Melancolique
Variations on a Rococo Theme
The Nutcracker suite

Vaughan Williams, R. 
Flos Campi
The Wasps Overture
The Lark Ascending

Villa-Lobos, H.

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Vivaldi, A. 
The Four Seasons
Concerto for Oboe
Concerto for four violins
Magnificat

Wagner, R.
Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Warlock, P.
Capriol Suite

Weber, C. M. 
Concerto for Clarinet
Overture to Der Freischutz
Overture to Oberon

Weill, K. 
The Seven Deadly Sins
Symphonic Suite from Lady in the Dark
Many Dongs
Symphony No. 2

Music from Musicals:
Show Boat
South Pacific
The King and I
Oklahoma

 

Orchestral Film Music

Williams, J.
Star Wars Orchestral suite
Schindler’s List, Main Theme
Harry Potter – Main Theme
Indiana Jones, Raiders March 

Nino Rota -The Godfather suite

Ennio Morricone – Cinema Paradiso Love theme

Bernard Herman – Psycho suite

Jerry Goldsmith – Basic Instinct

Lior Rosner – Valkyrie “They Will remember you”

Works by Israeli composers:

Menachem Wiesenberg – Concerto for Violin
Haim Permont – Concerto for Contrabass, Farewell Fanfare
Ariel Blumenthal – Trumpet Concerto
Aharon Harlap – My father Will No Longer Bless the Bread, Clarinet Concerto
Shimon Cohen – 8 songs by Heine
Mark Lavri – Emek Suite
Haim Alexander – Musical Portrait of Haine
Paul ben Haim – Israel
Michael Wolpe – The song of Bracha
Uriyah Boskovitch – Semitic Suite, The Golden Chain
Josef Kaminski – Violin Concerto
Josef Bardanashvili – Tempera-Me
Dov Carmel – Jerusalem Song
Benjamin Yusupov – Gavriel
Betty Olivero – Mizrach (east)
Josef Tal Trois Novelettes
Josef Bardanashvilli – Tempera Me
Josef Kaminski – Concerto for Violin
Avner Dorman – Concerto for Mandolin, Concerto for Piccolo

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