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Biography

Aviv Ron

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Since 1996, Aviv Ron has been the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra of Ramat-Gan. Founded in 1954, the Ramat-Gan Orchestra is Israel’s oldest chamber orchestra, with Ron widely acknowledged as having brought the orchestra to new artistic heights.

Esteemed for his elegance, precision and expressiveness, Ron’s concert programs find wide recognition for combining classic repertoire, performances of distinguished soloists and virtuosi, and world premiers of Israeli composers.

Throughout his career, operas were and are a focal point of Ron’s interest and activities. Following his graduation at the Rubin Academy of Music(Tel Aviv University), Ron did his postgraduate studies at the Wiener Musikhochschule in Vienna, where he founded the "Musiktheater Opus Modern", an ensemble for staging contemporary operas. In spring 1992 he conducted the world premier of the opera "The Dying Man" (music by Sharon Eitan, text by Karl Kraus) and the Austrian premier of Wolfgang Fortner’s "That Time" (text by Samuel Beckett).

Ron is honored to have had the privilege of assisting some of the world’s finest opera conductors including Maestro Claudio Abbado at "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" (Wiener Festwochen 1991) and of Sir George Solti at "Falstaff" (Salzburger Osterfestspiele 1993).

During the season 1994/95 Aviv Ron was invited by Maestro Gary Bertini to join the New Israeli Opera as Assistant Conductor and prepared more than 20 operas in their original versions. In 1997/98 he took over the position of Chorus Master at the New Israeli Opera, rehearsing among others the world premier of the "Requiem to a Leader", in memory to Yitzhak Rabin, music by Dov Selzer, under Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

During his time at the New Israeli Opera Aviv Ron worked with distinguished conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Alain Lombard, Daniel Oren, Alberto Zedda, and many others.

His ongoing engagement with living composers was honored in 2000 by the Cultural Minister, awarding Ron for conducting the world premiere of the opera "Dear Son of Mine" (music by Chaim Permont, libretto by Talma Elyagon), a co-production of the New Israeli Opera and Israel Festival. In winter 2000 Ron arranged and conducted a special version of "Carmen" for the New Israeli Opera.

Aviv Ron’s celebrated series of concerts for the young audience and entire family greatly benefited from his rich experience in opera conducting and his profound understanding for staging, and directing. These theatrical concert productions, for which Ron, on numerous occasions, wrote the story boards and texts, established a new genre in Israel.

Aviv Ron is also a frequent guest conductor at Israeli orchestras, including Rishon LeZion Symphony, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Be’er Sheva Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Ra'anana, Ashdod Chamber Orchestra, the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Ron had many appearances in Eastern Europe, e.g. "Rigoletto" at the Opera Craiova, concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra "Olentia" (Romania) and the Chamber Orchestra "Orpheu" in Bulgaria.

Press

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“The Ramat-Gan Chamber Orchesta, conducted by Aviv Ron, is an example of a musical group that has significant cultural importance in the community in which it plays. The group commissions and plays Israeli music, and under Ron's direction, offers its subscribers rich, uncompromissing programs."

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Ha'aretz

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