Rodica Iosub has died of a rapid illness, aged 56.
Notice from the Israeli Philharmonic:
In 1981 a young violinist arrived for an audition at the IPO. A few minutes later the sounds of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 filled the hall, Maestro Mehta nodded – you have been accepted!
Violinist Rodica Iosub joined the orchestra 35 years ago and sadly, suddenly, parted from us yesterday.
Rodica began her musical career in Romania where she was considered a child prodigy. As a member of the Israel Philharmonic, she trained and helped many young musicians and was always happy to devote her abilities and time to others.
Rodica played in the first violin section of the orchestra. Despite numerous opportunities offer to her, she remained faithful to the IPO which she viewed as her home and her family. She loved to travel around the world – with the orchestra and with her family. Last November, she took part in the IPO’s tour of the U.S. just before falling sick. From her hospital bed, she told close friends how much she wanted to resume playing.
Maestro Mehta expressed his condolences: ‘Rodica was one of the most treasured violinists of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and played with the greatest enthusiasm since joining the orchestra in 1981. She was greatly appreciated by all her colleagues and myself throughout the years. We shall miss her.’