Israel orch says it will survive

Israel orch says it will survive


norman lebrecht

October 26, 2015

When the music director James Judd gave up his salary last week, there were fears for the financial security of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, based in Rishon Lezion.

Today, its board issued this statement:


The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) continues with its planned schedule and programming and is proud of its enthusiastic audience, its wonderful musicians and guest conductors and soloists.

Being a municipal association, the orchestra is budgeted by the Rishon LeZion municipality and is able to continue to pay salaries and artists’ fees and fulfill its contractual obligations. The municipality backs the orchestra and its management.

The ISO, which is also the Israeli Opera orchestra, has substantially increased its income from tickets, subscriptions and concert sales and has performed several rounds of cuts in production costs. However, this was not sufficient and like many orchestras in Israel and around the world it faces cuts of income from other sources and is required to cut salaries in order to balance its budget and prevent a deficit in next year’s budget.

The General Director of the orchestra and its Music Director announced voluntary cuts in their fees thus offering financial and moral support to the orchestra and its employees.

The orchestra and its management are confident that the planned cuts along with the ISO’s huge success will support its continuous flourishing and let it balance its financial situation.

james judd


  • Gershon says:

    Next – the Jerusalem symphony orchestra

  • Guillermo says:

    The board could at least thank the General Director and Music Director in unreservedly generous terms. In the case of Judd he has actually offered that his entire salary be slashed. I don’t think the wording from the Board is a reflection of that generosity.

    Then they complain (this blog included) that Music Directors are not generous enough when orchestras face a grim financial future. When orchestra boards behave so frivolously to such generosity I would be the first to be sceptical.

  • Dann Ross says:

    Bravo maestro Judd! Your move made the difference!

  • esfir ross says:

    From my conversation with orchestra there no feeling of gratitude but a grudge of paying too much to James Judd and for lodging at Hilton.