Gisele Ben-Dor

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Gisele Ben-Dor (April 26, 1955) is an American Israeli orchestra conductor of Uruguayan origin.

International Orchestra Conductor[edit]

Gisele Ben-Dor was born in Uruguay and immigrated to Israel in 1973. She graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University and the Yale School of Music, also studying with Mendi Rodan in Jerusalem. She made her conducting debut with the Israel Philharmonic in Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," televised and broadcast by the BBC/London throughout Europe and Israel, as part of a series of masterclasses with Zubin Mehta. As an active guest conductor and music director worldwide, Gisele Ben Dor has had a crucial role in the rejuvenation and promotion of the art music of Latin America, which she performs in concerts, festivals and recordings.[1] Ms. Ben-Dor's talent was recognized early by Leonard Bernstein, with whom she shared the stage at Tanglewood and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festivals. Since then, she was the Music Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony, as well as Resident Conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra. She has led the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Helsinki Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, New World Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra, New Israeli Opera, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, additional orchestras in the Netherlands, several orchestras in France, Italy, Spain, Australia and South America amongst many others worldwide. Maestro Ben-Dor is currently Conductor Laureate of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Emerita of the Boston Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra, a post to which she was elected exclusively by the musicians. A winner of the Bártok Prize of Hungarian Television, Ms. Ben-Dor has also conducted several Eastern European orchestras in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.[2]

Gisele Ben-Dor and Latin American Music[edit]

Uruguayan by birth and upbringing, Gisele Ben-Dor is a champion of Latin American music - notably the works of Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Revueltas, Piazzolla, and Luis Bacalov - and is widely regarded as one of the world's finest and most dedicated exponents of this repertoire. In 2004, working with Georgina Ginastera, the composer's daughter, she created the "Tango and Malambo Festival" a wide-ranging ten day feast of concerts, dance, and film celebrating the urban and universally admired tango and the less familiar, rustic Malambo (Dance). In 2000, she created the Revueltas Festival, showcasing every aspect of the Mexican composer’s music. Her major performances of Ginastera’s works include a new production and European premiere of his last opera, Beatrix Cenci ,at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, as well as Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam in Madrid, also a European premiere. She has recorded several CD’s of music of Latin American composers, and more are to be released [3] .

Conducting Posts[edit]


To be released in the coming months:

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Uruguay to a family of Polish parents, she studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv and at the Yale School of Music before residing in the United States, where she lives with her husband and two sons. They became American citizens in 2000.


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