Israel Phil’s next chief is playing in Barenboim’s orch

Israel Phil’s next chief is playing in Barenboim’s orch


norman lebrecht

August 23, 2018

This is Lahav Shani, incoming music director of the Israel Philharmonic, joining the doublebass section of the West East Diwan Orchestra in Lucerne tonight.



  • John Tracy. says:

    He has a great conductor to follow and this is wonderful.
    He is himself a very very good conductor and still he wants to learn more.

  • Steve says:

    I knew he was a fantastic pianist but doublebass too? This guy is seriously talented:

  • Thomasina says:

    It’s just a photo and he has a tremendous aura. No video?

  • william osborne says:

    Nice to see the new MD of the IP support the initiative. Hopefully a sign of a better future for everyone in the region.

  • Olassus says:

    Has there ever been a more pretentious, dumb name for an orchestra? Has never caught on. Pace Goethe.

    • Andreas B. says:

      it is unusual and hard to remember correctly – dont know about “more pretentious” or “dumber” …

      demonstrated by the fact that the above post calls it “West East Diwan” orchestra, while its actual name is West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

      the intended connection to Goethe’s collection of poems with this very title (West-√∂stlicher Divan) seems to be somewhat fitting, since this collection – broadly speaking – is about a fruitful exchange between orient and occident, Christianity and Islam, Europe and the middle East.

      apart from that: I’m very impressed by Lahav Shani and will be following his work with interest in Israel and elsewhere.

  • Petros LInardos says:

    Classy: musicaly, politically, personally. Next: a Trout quintet!

    Are there any muslims or arabs in the Israel Philharmonic?

  • Conducting Feminista says:

    This guy should give up conducting and just play piano and bass. He needs to step aside and let women conductors completely take over. Israel and Palestine will be at peace if all conductors are women and this orchestra is conducted by a far superior woman. Same with the governments of Israel and Palestine. If men no longer serve government, we will have peace and harmony throughout the world. Men are warmongers because men are spawns of Satan. Women embody God because God is a woman.

  • Edgar Self says:

    Intereestingly, Zubin Mehta also played double bass, and in a film of Schubert’s “Trout” quintet with Zukerman, DuPre, Perlman, and Barenboim.