Music Director: Dan Ettinger
Genral Director: Ariel Cohen
The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) was founded in 1988 by the Rishon LeZion mayor at the time Meir Nitzan and the municipality, and since 1989 the ISO has also served with great success as the resident orchestra of the Israeli Opera. The ISO music directors have been Shimon Cohen, Noam Sheriff, Asher Fisch and the late Mendi Rodan. The current music director and chief conductor of the ISO is Dan Ettinger.
Within a short period of time, the ISO found itself at the top of the artistic pyramid amidst the leading and innovative musical institutes in Israel. Of the variety of musical cultures its musicians represent, the ISO has created a personal sound, which is warmly accepted by audience and music critics alike.
The ISO offers its audience a variety of symphonic works, vocal works and operas from all the musical eras, performed by internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists, in subscription series, family concerts, and special performances for young people, as well as special concerts for the senior members of the music loving community.
For its outstanding achievement and excellence in performance, dissemination and advancement of original Israeli works, the ISO was awarded the 1991 ACUM Prize.
At the same time, the orchestra was the first to perform in Israel works by Richard Strauss, Alexander Zemlinsky and other composers. The ISO has undertaken European and South American tours highlighted by performances at the prestigious festivals and concert series, all very well received by public and press. The ISO records regularly for radio and television channels and issues a series of CDs of live recordings, including among others Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zaratustra, Metamorphosen and Don Juan, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Liszt's Faust Symphony, Mendelssohn’s violin concerto, Mahler’s Symphony No.5, Mozart's Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Israeli works like Oded Zehavi’s Israeli War Requiem and Menachem Wiesenberg’s cello concerto. The last live recording was released as a DVD with Leaden Sky by Haim Permont and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3.