The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO)
The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) was founded in 1988. A year later it became the resident orchestra of The Israeli Opera. As such, the ISO participates in the Opera’s open-air performances, at the Masada Festival. The Orchestra offers subscription series and special concerts for families, seniors and youth. It has toured Europe as an opera orchestra and as a symphony orchestra. In 2014, the Orchestra toured China under the baton of James Judd. The concert halls in Qingdao, Beijing and Shanghai were packed. In 2008, at the start of its 20th season, the Orchestra embarked on a successful tour in Argentina and Brazil. In 2014, Judd was appointed Music Director and Chief Conductor, replacing Dan Ettinger, who held the position for 7 years. Ettinger is now Chief Guest Conductor. The ISO has toured Europe, China and South America, performing at the most prestigious festivals and concert halls, receiving great acclaim. The ISO records for both radio and TV, and has released a series of CDs including premieres of Israeli works.