EMMA Concert Association presents the internationally celebrated Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $40.00 ($5 for students) and may be purchased in advance at www.emmaconcerts.com (after July 1), by phone at 904-797-2800, or at the door. The box office opens one hour before the performance.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was founded in the late 1930s as the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra, becoming in 1948 the national radio orchestra known as “Kol Israel (voice of Israel) Orchestra”. In the 1970s, the ensemble expanded into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra played a crucial role in shaping and developing the cultural climate of the newly formed state of Israel, commissioning and performing modern works, both Israeli and foreign, and combining local soloists and conductors with guest artists. Among its most notable premieres are the opera David by Darius Milhaud (1954), the cantata Abraham and Isaac by Igor Stravinsky, and The Seven Gates of Jerusalem by Krzysztof Penderecki conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Some of the music world’s legendary musicians have performed with the JSO, including Igor Stravinsky, Otto Klemperer, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals, Igor Markevitch, Henryk Szeryng, Yo Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Neville Mariner, Christa Ludwig, Tabea Zimmermann, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Jose Carreras, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maxim Vengerov and Yefim Bronfman.
Pianist, Farhad Badalbeyli was born on December 27th 1947 in Azerbaijan, Russia. At an early age, Farhad showed a very special gift for playing piano. His piano teacher M.R. Brenner encouraged him to study at the local State Conservatory. During his first few years at the Conservatory, Farhad swept all first prizes at various local and State competitions, which earned him an honor to participate at this first international competition named after Smatan in Czechoslovakia. The success of winning the first prize at that competition was immediately followed by the Grand Prize at the Vianna Da Motta Competition in Portugal. Soon after his victories at international competitions, a world renowned piano teacher, B. Davidovich, invited Farhad to be her student at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow.
Before Farhad turned thirty years old, he was already honored with one of the highest honors in the former Soviet Union – the People’s Artist if Soviet Union, the award that was given to him for his artistic achievements in music. Based on his popularity and performing experience, Farhad Badalbeyli was invited to teach at Azerbaijan State Conservatory. He was offered a tenure position as the professor of Piano there in 1983. He still holds this position with great pride. In late 1990’s due to hard work and dedication Farhad Badalbeyli, the name of the Azerbaijan State Conservatory was changed to the Baku Music Academy.
Farhad was always a great promoter of music. He made sure that the music of his people was always heard in his recital programs, something that lead to his receiving of Order of Honor of the Azerbaijan State award in 1985. After being a frequent touring artist in France, Farhad was awarded with a very prestigious Literature and Art Award.
Farhad Badalbeyli is involved in a very active and successful concert life. His concert tours take the pianist to such countries as Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Greece, Italy, Cuba, Norway, Portugal, Tunis, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Japan and South Korea.
It is because of Farhad’s reputation, he earned positions of the deputy of the Azerbaijan Musical Benefactors Chamber, the head of the Baku Art Center, as well as the founder of Azerbaijan Musical Benefactors Centre. Since the summer of 2009, Farhad has enjoyed the success of being the co-founder, and co-director of the Gabala Music Festival outside of Baku, Azerbaijan, the position he’s shared with Dmitry Yablonsky, the world renowned conductor and cellist.
Both Dmitry Yablonsky and Farhad Badalbeyli will lead the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra tour in the United States in February of 2016. The tour will be dedicated to the orchestra’s 80th Anniversary.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra is supported by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and the Jerusalem City municipality. Visit the orchestra’s website here.
View the concert program here