The Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva chamber orchestra was established in 1973 by a group of new immigrant musicians.
The Conductor Laureate and former Musical Director of the orchestra was Israel Prize winner – Maestro Mendi Rodan.
Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Maestro Justus Frantz holds the position of Musical Director of the orchestra.
The Acting General Director is Claudia Czobel.
Maestro Frantz is a German pianist, conductor, and television personality. He founded the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 1986 and became a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 1989. He also founded the "Philharmonia of the Nations" in 1995.
Over the past four decades the orchestra has steadily and faithfully served the music-loving public of Beer Sheva and the Negev. On top of performing in all of the main concerts halls of Israel, it has gone past it provincial beginnings to become an artistic body with an international reputation.
From its home base in Beer Sheva, the orchestra works at building and expanding the artistic and cultural infrastructure in the Negev, bringing music to all its inhabitants. Its concert series are performed in Beer-Sheva and throughout the country. For many years hundreds of world-class musicians have performed with the Sinfonietta because of its reputation, including Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, ShlomoMintz, Sheila Armstrong, Asher Fisch, Guy Braunstein, MarielleNordmann and others.
The orchestra has played concert tours in Israel and abroad, performingin prestigious venues such asthe amphitheaters of Caesarea and Beit She'an, Carnegie Hall (New York), Richardson Hall (Toronto), Festival Hall (London) , the Colosseum(Munich) and Gaudi (Barcelona). In 2012 the orchestra toured China twice, appearing in the Hall of the Forbidden City in Beijing and in other provinces of China.In the summer of 2013 the orchestra performed in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.In addition, the orchestra hasmade numerous recordings and CD’s as well as radio broadcasts, under the batons of some of the greatest conductors of our time.
The Sinfonietta sees musical education of the younger generations as its central mission.It has various special concert series, targeting preschools, elementary schools, high schools, Ben Gurion University and academic colleges in the Negev. Thus, tens ofthousands of children, youths and students are exposed to the beauty of classical music each year through the Israel Sinfonietta.
The orchestra promotes original works by Israeli composers. Due to this, the orchestra has been the recipient of First Prize from the Council of Culture and Art in 1995 (in the category of Best Orchestral Performance of Israeli Music) and recipient of the Wandering Cylinder Prize from OmanutL'Am in 1998 (for the promotion of music in the periphery).
Today the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva symbolizes quality through the diversity of its musicians. Its players, newcomers or veterans, have joined forces to create a polished professional orchestra. Through professionalism and technical quality combined with a joyful attitude the orchestra gives its listeners great musical pleasure.