Haifa Music Center

Haifa Music Center was established under the musical direction of maestro Ada Pelleg. The Center held a regular concert series, and in addition initiated few annual events that the Foundation helped finance:

International Competition for Playing and Writing Recorder Music

The competition became an annual tradition of the Center's, and was first held in May 1999. Haifa Arts Foundation funded the first prize in the competition, won by recorder player Michael Hull from Germany. The Foundation also assisted in funding a master class for recorder players with Dan Laurin, who served as an honorary member of the jury of the competition. While in Israel, Mr. Laurin gave a concert open to the public.

 

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  • International Music Festival, Haifa

The annual Haifa Music Center Festival was an original enterprise of quality. In 1998/9 the festival gained reputation in Israel and abroad, and in 2000 it took place in cooperation with the Schubertiade festival, independently of the Center's traditional flute competition.

The opening concert of the 2000 Festival took place at the Rappaport Auditorium and featured works by Hindemith, Dogadin and Tchaikovsky. The musicians were the Festival Orchestra, soloists of international renown on their first visit to Israel, alongside prominent local musicians, in the presence of dignitaries from Israel and abroad. The Festival Orchestra included members of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Haifa Arts Foundation assisted in producing the gala opening concert of the Festival by providing assistance in financing a tape of the concert, filmed and recorded at the opening night.

 

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  • International Competition for Composers

In 2002, Haifa Music Center conducted an international competition for composers. Works from Hungary, Russia, Germany, Finland, USA and Israel were submitted to the competition. The Foundation funded the first prize, awarded to Mr. Maxim levy.

Nowadays, Ada Pelleg serves as Music Director of the Haifa Galilee Music Center and as Music Director and conductor of the Paris Voxmusicorum Orchestra. In December 2016, Pelleg and the PVO toured Israel with flutist Sir James Galway.