The Tel Aviv Philharmonic Choir is the oldest Israeli choir in continuous existence.
Since its establishment in 1942, the all-volunteer choir has built a reputation with a rich repertoire in various musical styles:
- Major classical works
- Liturgical music
- Israeli composers
- A cappella singing
- Contemporary works
The choir has performed with leading international conductors including Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Frédéric Chaslin, Steven Mercurio, and Sir Georg Solti. Israeli conductors under whose baton the choir has performed include Yoav Talmi, Eli Jaffe, Noam Sheriff, Mendy Rodan, the late Gary Bertini, Dan Ettinger, Daniel Oren, and Gil Shohat.
Today, the choir has about 45 members who are dedicated to quality vocal music and imbued with a sense of mission.
The choir participates in various projects:
- Performances with leading Israeli orchestras
- Operas in stage and concertante production
- Prestigious productions of the Israeli Opera (such as Aida, Turandot, Othello, and Carmen)
- Performances at national and international festivals (such as the performance of Mozart’s Grand Mass at Salzburg Cathedral)
- Events of historical importance (including the concert in Bethlehem in 1967, conducted by Leonard Bernstein)
- Presentation of Israeli classical music abroad
- Performances of works by Israeli composers (Mordechai Setter, Paul Ben Haim, Noam Sheriff, Yedidya Admon, Marc Lavry, Aharon Harlap and others)
The choir believes in the enriching experience that vocal music in all its variety can offer to every listener. It is constantly working to strengthen its vocal performance skills, to expand the choir’s ranks, and to broaden its audience in Israel and abroad.