over 2000 concerts with the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra would obviously not be possible were it not
for the daily involvement of my friends and colleagues
of the orchestra from whom I have not only learnt my
profession but have been inspired at nearly every
concert to give forth of my best in answer to their
superb interpretations that I have come to admire since
that last 40 years.
It is impossible to name
every one of my "family members" of the orchestra but
where would I be today without the constant counseling
of great musicians like Chaim Taub, Daniel Benyamini or
Mordechai Rechtman. I am eternally grateful to various
past Orchestra Counsel members, also fine musicians,
like Ze'ev Dorman and Jacob Mishori for their unending
patience in planning the artistic life of the orchestra.
The future planning of the
orchestra's activities after hours and hours of
discussing and arguing would still not come to fruition
if it were not for the selfless dedication of the two
General Secretaries that I have had the honor to work
with: namely Abe Cohen and last but not least Avi
Shoshani, whose patience, tenacity and powers as a
negotiator, whether it is convincing an artist to lower
his or her fee or an impresario to increase the
orchestra's fee, is absolutely exemplary.
The past 40 seasons has
gone by like a flash and I wish I could do it all over
again, alas not much time remains but I can assure all
my colleagues of the orchestra and my enduring Israeli
public that I shall give it my best shot until I am
120!! - Weh ist mir!!