The orchestra tonight announced Lahav Shani as the next music director, succeeding the veteran Zubin Mehta, who retires in 2019.
It’s a bold choice and a commendable one.
Shani, who will be 29 when he takes over in September, is also music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
He has grown up with members of the Israel Phil, knows and the pluses and minuses, and is gifted enough to put right the many things that have ossified during decades when – as in the peace process – no progress has been made.
The players are to be congratulated on their choice.
Slipped Disc tipped Lahav as one of two front runners for the post.