Nitzan Haroz Appointed Principal Trombone for Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra announces the appointment of Nitzan Haroz as principal trombone, effective immediately. Haroz returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra, where he was principal trombone from 1995 to 2012, after serving for two years in the same position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Nitzan Haroz is the first principal musician appointed under the tenure of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who said, "It is a wonderful moment to welcome Nitzan Haroz back to The Philadelphia Orchestra. We already made great music together during my time as music director designate, and I look forward to the return of his outstanding artistry to enrich our unique Philadelphia sound."
"I'm very happy to return to Philadelphia, my family, and my colleagues of The Philadelphia Orchestra," said Haroz. "I look forward to rejoining this rich musical community and to making music once again with these fantastic musicians."
Nitzan Haroz, a native of Israel, rejoins The Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 2014 after holding the same position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2012. Previously he was principal
Trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995 after serving as Assistant Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic and as Principal Trombone of the Israel Symphony and Opera Orchestra. He was also first trombone of the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra and performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Haroz has appeared as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra (which included his Carnegie Hall solo debut, where he world-premiered Blue Winter for trombone and orchestra by Roland Pöntinen), the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Sofia Radio Symphony, and the Fairbanks Symphony, among others, and he is an active recitalist and chamber musician. He is a first-prize winner of the François Shapira Competition in Israel and a former scholarship recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He has commissioned and premiered several works for trombone and harp with his mother, harpist Adina Haroz. Haroz is a frequent clinician at trombone conferences world-wide and has given master classes and recitals in Israel, the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has performed with the New York, Philadelphia, and Israel brass ensembles; the Rishon-Le Zion Brass Quintet; and many other chamber groups. His teachers included Eli Aharoni, Mitchel Ross in Israel, and Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School. Haroz's recording, Towards the Light, was released in 2004. He serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging-and exceeding-that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin's highly collaborative style, deeply-rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike since his inaugural season in 2012. He is embraced by the musicians of the Orchestra, audiences, and the community itself. His concerts of diverse repertoire attract sold-out houses, and he has established a regular forum for connecting with concert-goers through Post-Concert Conversations. The New York Times has called Nézet-Séguin "phenomenal," adding that under his baton, "the ensemble ... has never sounded better" and in a recent review stated: "The playing was uniformly exceptional: the Philadelphia strings showed the plushness they have long been famous for, combined with a versatility and flexibility of more recent vintage." Under Nézet-Séguin's leadership the Orchestra recently released a celebrated CD of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Leopold Stokowski transcriptions on the Deutsche Grammophon label, continuing its history of recording success. The Orchestra also reaches thousands of listeners on the radio with weekly Sunday afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM.