Yaron Gottfried
Conductor, Composer, Pianist

Yaron GottfriedConductor, Composer, Pianist

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World-wide (except Israel)

Yaron Gottfried is one of the most prominent musicians of his generation in Israel, a multidisciplinary artist who bridges classical, contemporary and jazz music. Gottfried held the position of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra for 11 years between 2002-2013 with great success, presenting fresh innovative programs, packed halls, rave reviews and over 120 concerts in a season.

He graduated his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem under Maestro Mendi Rodan. Gottfrieds conducting repertoire spans from the renaissance period to contemporary music. In January 2015 he led the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, replacing Maestro Valery Gergiev at short notice with an Israeli premier of Shostakovich 4th Symphony; the concert received rave reviews from the critics. As a result the IPO invited him to lead the 2016 Annual Gala event in October in an all-Gershwin program. In September 2015 he performed a German premier with WDR Funkhausorchester of his Pictures at an Exhibition-Remake for jazz trio and orchestra after Mussorgsky.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season include concert series with the Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, San Jose Youth Philharmonic, Raanana Symphonette ,Tel Aviv Soloists Orchestra, as well as 3 world premieres of new compositions.

Gottfried was awarded the Israeli Prime Ministers Award for Composers 2014, and he is regularly invited to conduct and perform his works with major orchestras, festivals and halls worldwide such as:

Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony (IBA), Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Jerusalem, Raanana Symphonette, Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, China Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Chengdu Philharmonic, Manila Philharmonic, WDR Funkhausorchester, Potsdam Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Tbilisi Symphony, Thringen Symphony, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Debrecen Philharmonic, Kodaly Philharmonic, Brazos Valley Symphony, La Crosse Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Salta Symphony, LAuditori Barcelona Symphonic Band and Tallinn Festival Orchestra, among others. He is regularly invited as a guest artist to perform at major halls in China such as Forbidden City Concert Hall (FCCH), Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing NCPA as well as festivals in China, Italy, Denmark, Georgia and Estonia.

Gottfrieds unique approach to rhythm and sound is deeply reflected in his compositions which represent a fusion between genres and styles. His works are published by Sikorski Music Publishers. His Pictures at an Exhibition-Remake was released in May 2014 on a new CD with GPR Records and is distributed by Naxos USA. The album received great reviews from Fanfare Magazine and in the Israeli press. Among his works are concertos, orchestral works, vocal works and orchestral arrangements. His Baroque Jazz Project for jazz trio and orchestra has been performed over 50 times, receiving high acclaim all over the world with many orchestras. A new tango album which he musically produced and arranged for international artist Yasmin Levy was released by HarmoniaMundi in September 2014.

Gottfried is the Head of Composition and Conducting Department at Rimon School for Contemporary Music and Jazz. He is also the Artistic Director of the new concert series Out of the Box held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation selected Maestro Gottfried as its chosen artist for 2003-2007. He is a member of the prestigious MacDowell Colony in the USA and 1st prize winner of the Young Artists Conductors competition held by the Israel Philharmonic and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and 1st prize winner of the Red Sea Jazz Festival Composition Competition.

Gottfrieds deep musical interests in jazz led him to perform with major jazz artists such as: Eddie Gomez, Eddie Daniels, Didier Lockwood, Dave Liebman, Ira Sullivan, Randy Brecker, Georgie Fame, Kitty Margolis, Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath to name a few.

Pictures at an Exhibition (Remake)
By Yaron Gottfried after Mussorgsky for Jazz Trio and Orchestra

This remake brings a contemporary interpretation to the timeless masterpiece by Mussorgsky. Presented as complete suite of 12 movements arranged, orchestrated and recomposed for Jazz Trio (Piano, Bass, Drums) and Orchestra, this jazz version of Pictures at an Exhibition will introduce this eternal piece to a whole new audience.

The melodies and themes of Mussorgskys original version are dressed in new colors and inspired new forms for the jazz trio to improvise. Each movement is approached differently while being transformed into a live, authentic encounter between classical and jazz, between written material and improvisation; the overall mood of each picture, as well as the naturalistic approach of Mussorgsky, is very much kept alive.

FANFARE Magazine declares this improvisational re-imagining of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece to be “up there with its iconic predecessors: Duke Ellington’s jazz reworking of Grieg and Tchaikovsky, Don Sebesky’s version of The Rite of Spring, and Jacques Loussier’s great Bach performances of the 1960’s.”

Live at WDR Funkhausorchester Kln:

What people are saying:

Yaron Gottfried has taken a classic Romantic suite and musically translated it into a contemporary happening. His multiple views of the famous “Promenade” are extraordinary. The orchestrations are well done and the performance exemplary. Dave Liebman

Yaron Gottfried is an excellent pianist and arranger and I enjoy listening to his music. His arrangements of “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky are inventive and imaginative and his playing blends beautifully with the larger ensemble. His version sheds new light on a well known piece and opens up the piece for creative improvisation. Uri Caine

After several hearings I would put this disc up there with its iconic predecessors: Duke Ellington’s jazz reworking of Grieg and Tchaikovsky, Don Sebesky’s version of The Rite of Spring, and Jacques Loussier’s great Bach performances of the 1960s. Phillip Scott, Fanfare Magazine

Gottfried gives us a fresh look at this wonderful work, expanding the palette of Mussorgskys twelve movements to include Latin grooves, a “New Orleans” sound, reggae sections, and middle-eastern styles. (…) Gottfried exposes his talent on the piano, along with nice solos from Oron and Holan. He doesnt obscure the movements beyond recognition (…) [and] allows us the recognizable themes before going off and providing plenty of room for the three musicians to take their solos. StevenBergman, EDGE Boston

Recent program poster:

Recent press release:

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Beethoven – Symphony no.5 in C, op.67 Gottfried / Israel Philharmonic

Tchaikovsky: 6th Symphony – Finale

Shostakovich: Symphony no.10, 2nd Movement – Allegro

Mendelssohn: Symphony no.3

Pictures at an Exhibition – Remake for Jazz Trio and Orchestra after Mussorgsky

Takemitsu: How Slow the Wind (with video art)

Leo Brouwer: Cantata Perugia, 2nd Movement with Madrid Chorus

Additional videos can be seen here:


Bach, J. S.
Cantatas: 15, 131, 140, 170
St. Matthew Passion
Johannes Passion
Mass in B minor
Mass in G minor
Magnificat in D major
Orchestral Suite No. 1
Orchestral Suite No. 2
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Double Concerto for 2 Violins
Concerto for Harpsichord No. 5
Double Concerto for Violins & Oboe
Concerto for Violin in A minor

Barber, S.
Adagio for Strings
Concerto for Violin
Capricorn Concerto

Bartok, B.
Concerto for Orchestra
Romanian Folk Dances
Hungarian Sketches

Beethoven, L. van
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9
Choral Fantasy
Piano Concertos No. 1
Piano Concertos No. 3
Piano Concertos No. 4
Piano Concertos No. 5
Concerto for Violin
Triple Concerto for Violin, Piano, Cello
Overtures: Egmont, Coriolan, Leonora no.3

Berg, A.
Lyric suite

Berio, L.
Folk songs

Berlioz, H.
Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein, L.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Various Songs
Divertimento for Orchestra
Overture to Candide
Chichester Psalms

Bizet, G.
L’Arlesienne: Suites 1, 2
Carmen Suite No. 1, 2
Symphony in C

Borodin, M.
Polovtsian Dances

Brahms, J.
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Piano No. 2
Hungarian Dances 1, 5, 6, 7
Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16
Song of Destiny

Britten, B.
Suite on English Folk Tunes
Simple Symphony
Four sea interludes from Peter Grimes
The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestra

Bruch, M.
Kol Nidrei
Concerto for Violin

Bruckner, A.
Symphony No. 4

Brouwer, L.
Cantata de Perugia for Guitar, Chorus and Orchestra

Canteloube, J.
Chants d’Auvergne

Chopin, F.
Les Sylphides
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Piano No. 2

Cimarosa, D.
Concerto for Oboe in C

Copland, A.
Music for the Theatre
Appalachian spring ( Chamber version & Symphonic version )
Quiet City
Three Latin American Sketches

Debussy, C.
Prelude a l’Apres-midi d‘un faune
Children’s Corner (Orch :Andre Caplet)

Delius, F.
Two Pieces for Small Orchestra

Dukas, P.
L’Apprenti Sorcier

Dvořák, A.
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9
Concerto for Cello
Slavonic Dances
Czech Suite

Falla, M.
The Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1, 2
Love, the Magician

Fang, L.
Concerto for Pipa

Faure, G.
Masques et Bergamasques
Pelleas et Melisande
Requiem in D minor

Gershwin, G.
Rhapsody in Blue (playing and conducting)
Theme and Variations on “I Got Rhythm”
Porgy and Bess (Suite of 40 min with Singers and Chorus)
Wide Selection of Songs

Ginastera, A.
Variaciones Concertantes
Concerto for Harp

Glinka, M.
Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Waltz Fantasy

Grieg, E.
Holberg Suite
Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, 2
Concerto for Piano
Two Norwegian Airs
Two Melodies

Handel, G. F.
Concerto Grosso, No. 2, Op. 3
Water Music
Concerto for Oboe, No. 3, G minor
Dixit Dominus
Selection of arias

Haydn, J.
Symphonies No. 6, 45, 55, 60, 88, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 101, 102, 104
Concerto for Cello in C major
Concerto for Piano in D major
Concerto for Flute in D major
The Creation
Nelson Messe

Ives, C.
The Unanswered Question

Jensen, L. I.
Japanese Spring

Kabalevsky, D.
The comedians suite

Khachaturian, A.
Sabre Dance
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Gayaneh Suite No.1
Maskeraden Suite

Kodaly, Z.
Dances of Galanta

Korsakov, R.

Lalo, E.
Concerto for Cello

Liszt, F.
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2

Lutoslawski, W.
Dance Preludes

MacDowell, E.
Indian Suite

Mahler, G.
Songs of a Wayfarer
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mendelssohn, F.
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang
Symphony for String No. 6
Midsummer Night’s Dream (complete)
Concerto for Violin
Concert piece for two Clarinets
The Hebrides
Die erste Walpurgisnacht
Psalm 42

Milhaud, D.
Saudade do Brasil

Mozart, W. A.
Symphonies No. 25, 29, 31, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
Sinfonia Concertante for Winds K.97b
Sinfonia concertante K.364
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Overture to Don Giovani
Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Impresario (Complete)
The Marriage of Figaro (Complete)
La Clemenza di Tito (Complete)
Concerto for Piano No. 21
Concerto for Piano No. 22
Concerto for Piano No. 23 ( playing and Conducting )
Concerto for Piano No. 24
Concerto for Clarinet
Selection of Arias
Coronation Mass
Great Mass in C
Ave Verum Vorpus
Selcetion of Arias from Various Operas

Mussorgsky, M. P.
Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)
Night on Bald Mountain
Khovantchina: Introduction

Nielsen, C.
Symphony No. 2

Pärt, A.
Tabula Rasa

Pergolesi, G. B.

Piazzola, A.
Concerto For Bandoneon
The Four Seasons
Selection of Tangos

Poulenc, F.
Concerto for two Pianos

Prokofiev, S.
Symphony No. 1 (Classical )
Symphony No. 5
Peter and the Wolf
Romeo and Juliet Excerpts from Suite no.1, 2, 3
Overture on Hebrew themes

Puccini, G.
Arias from Various Operas
Messa di Gloria

Rachmaninoff, S.
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Piano No. 2

Raautavara, E.
Requiem of our time

Rameau, J.P.
Les Indes Galantes

Ravel, M.
Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2
Rapsodie Espagnole
Concerto for Piano in G
Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
Mother Goose
Le Tombeau de Couperin

Respighi, O.
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1, 2
Pines of Rome

Rheinberger, J.
Stabat Mater

Rodrigo, J.
Concierto de Aranjuez
Musica para un Jardin

Rossini, G.
Stabat Mater,
Selection of Arias
Overture to L’Itailana in Algeri
Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia
Overture to La gazza ladra
Overture to Guglielmo Tell
Overture to Il signor Bruschino

Saint-Saens, C.
Carnival of the Animals
Concerto for Piano no.2
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Romance, Op. 36
Samson et Dalila (Complete Opera)

Salieri, A.
Requiem in C minor
La Folia, 26 Variations

Sarasate , P.

Schubert, F.
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9

Schumann, R.
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 3
Concerto for Piano

Shostakovich, D.
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 10
Concerto for Piano and Trumpet
Concerto for Cello No. 1
Concerto For Violin no.1
Hamlet Film Suite
Jazz Suite

Sibelius, J.
Symphony No .2
Pelleas and Melisande
Valse Triste

Smetana, B.
The Moldau

Strauss, J.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Fledermaus Overture
Wiener Blut
Selection of Polkas and Waltzes

Strauss, R.
Four Last Songs
Don Juan
Till Eulenspiegel

Stravinsky, I.
Le Sacre du Printemps
The Firebird Suite
Dumbarton Oaks
Danses Concertantes
Ebony Concerto

Takemitsu, T.
How Slow the Wind

Tchaikovsky, P. I.
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6
Suite no.4 (Mozartiana)
Romeo and Juliet
Concerto for Piano
Concerto for Violin,
Serenade Melancolique
Variations on a Rococo Theme
The Nutcracker suite

Vaughan Williams, R.
Flos Campi
The Wasps Overture
The Lark Ascending

Villa-Lobos, H.

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Vivaldi, A.
The Four Seasons
Concerto for Oboe
Concerto for four violins

Wagner, R.
Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Warlock, P.
Capriol Suite

Weber, C. M.
Concerto for Clarinet
Overture to Der Freischutz
Overture to Oberon

Weill, K.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Symphonic Suite from Lady in the Dark
Many Dongs
Symphony No. 2

Music from Musicals:
Show Boat
South Pacific
The King and I

Orchestral Film Music:

Williams, J.
Star Wars Orchestral suite
Schindler’s List, Main Theme
Harry Potter – Main Theme
Indiana Jones, Raiders March

Nino Rota -The Godfather suite

Ennio Morricone – Cinema Paradiso Love theme

Bernard Herman – Psycho suite

Jerry Goldsmith – Basic Instinct

Lior Rosner – Valkyrie “They Will remember you”

Works by Israeli composers:

Menachem Wiesenberg – Concerto for Violin
Haim Permont – Concerto for Contrabass, Farewell Fanfare
Ariel Blumenthal – Trumpet Concerto
Aharon Harlap – My father Will No Longer Bless the Bread, Clarinet Concerto
Shimon Cohen – 8 songs by Heine
Mark Lavri – Emek Suite
Haim Alexander – Musical Portrait of Haine
Paul ben Haim – Israel
Michael Wolpe – The song of Bracha
Uriyah Boskovitch – Semitic Suite, The Golden Chain
Josef Kaminski – Violin Concerto
Josef Bardanashvili – Tempera-Me
Dov Carmel – Jerusalem Song
Benjamin Yusupov – Gavriel
Betty Olivero – Mizrach (east)
Josef Tal – Trois Novelettes
Josef Bardanashvilli – Tempera Me
Josef Kaminski – Concerto for Violin
Avner Dorman – Concerto for Mandolin, Concerto for Piccolo

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