|Maestro Nir Kabaretti has been appointed Musical Director of the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva|
The Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva announced on November 19 that from the next season Maestro Nir Kabaretti will serve as Musical Director of the orchestra.
Maestro Nir Kabaretti will begin his position as Musical Director of the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva starting next season and is already working on the orchestra's new repertoire. Kabaretti began his musical education with piano at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv as well as conducting studies with the composer and conductor Prof. Noam Sheriff, and then completed his master's degree in conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Kabaretti began his career as a pianist and conductor in the Vienna State Opera Choir. In 2000, he became Assistant Music Director at the Royal Theater of Spain in Madrid and began working closely with the Florence Opera House - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - where he was the house conductor and personal assistant to the musical director, Maestro Zubin Mehta.
As guest conductor he has performed with many orchestras in Israel and abroad. Since 2006 he has served as Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra in California. In 2014 he was also appointed Musical Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has also conducted opera and ballet productions at La Scala Theater in Milan, the opera houses of Rome, Florence, Madrid, the New Israeli Opera, the New National Theater of Tokyo and the Lausanne Opera House. Kabaretti was chosen by a screening committee set up by the Sinfonietta and will replace Maestro Justus Franz, who has been the Music Director and conductor of the orchestra for the last five years.
Kabaretti says, “I am happy and excited to join the Israeli Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva - a magnificent musical institution that I have been a fan of since my youth in Israel. I was particularly attracted by the opportunity to bring the knowledge and experience I have accumulated over years of work in Europe and the United States to a city that is experiencing an unprecedented momentum and has tremendous cultural potential. I am looking forward to working with the orchestra's players and the management team. I am confident that together we will be able to lead the orchestra to new heights and become an important and relevant element in the cultural life in Israel, in Beer-Sheva and the Negev and in the world.”
The Manager of the orchestra, Claudia Czobel, says, “After five wonderful years we have come to a mutual agreement that Maestro Frantz will end his position with the orchestra. Although the professional relationship between us ends at the end of the current season, the personal ties and friendship of the Maestro with the members of the orchestra will remain intact. The orchestra is very excited and expects Nir Kabaretti to come bringing a new spirit to the orchestra. We are working on repertoire and projects for the upcoming season that will be very surprising and exciting.”