Israel Phil names Icelander as principal 2nd violin

Israel Phil names Icelander as principal 2nd violin


norman lebrecht

October 04, 2018

Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson, leader of the second violins in Helsinki Philharmonic, has won the audition for the same position at the Israel Philharmonic, on a one-year contract.

He starts in March.

What’s mazal tov in Icelandic?



  • James Corden says:

    Mazel tov in Icelandic is Til Hamingju

  • Ari Vilhjálmsson says:

    Haha! mazal tov = til hamingju 🙂

  • C Porumbescu says:

    Bit confused here. Neither Iceland nor Israel is in the EU. Are you saying that people from different countries *are* actually able to travel and work in other countries, even if those nations don’t subscribe to the Common Agriculture Policy or have red passports? Surely not. I understood from previous posts that any travel or commerce between nations was utterly, irrevocably impossible without EU membership.

  • MacroV says:

    Is that a step up?

  • esfir ross says:

    There small emigration to Israel and none from former USSR. It’s hard to fill vacancy in Israel orchestras today by musicians of Jewish origin.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      I am guessing you accept that there are Israeli’s who are not Jewish, who could also legitimately be hired by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.