Yoel Levi

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Yoel Levi (Hebrew: יואל לוי) (born 16 August 1950) is an Israeli musician and conductor.[1] Born in Romania, he grew up in Israel. He studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, earning a Master of Arts degree with distinction. He also studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance under Mendi Rodan. Levi won the 1978 International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors. Levi has also studied with Franco Ferrara in Siena and Rome, with Kiril Kondrashin in the Netherlands, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

In 1988, Levi became the music director and principal conductor for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, following the retirement of Robert Shaw, who had been the orchestra's conductor since 1967. Levi became the music director emeritus in 2000, succeeded as music director by Robert Spano.[2] Through 2004–2005, Levi continued to conduct two concert weekends in Atlanta each season. In 2001, he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

He conducted the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the 1991 Nobel Prize Ceremony. Under him, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra played at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

From 2001 to 2008, he was the chief conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra (now Brussels Philharmonic), from 2005 to 2012 principal conductor of ONDIF (Paris) and the principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2013, the KBS Symphony Orchestra named Levi its next music director, as of the 2013–2014 season, to a two-year contract.

Yoel Levi made over forty recordings.


Eyal Levi, from the death metal band DÅÅTH (Roadrunner Records), is Maestro Levi's oldest son. Amir Levi, also Mr. Levi's son, is an actor and theater director. Mr Levi's youngest son, Daniel, is a professional drummer.

Performed with[edit]

Levi also has performed with many other renowned music groups, including appearances with:


  1. ^ Overture: the magazine of the Baltimore Symphony - Page 19 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - 1983 "Born in Romania in 1950, Yoel Levi grew up in Israel and received a Master's degree from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. In 1978, he won first prize in the Conductors' International Competition in Besançon, France."
  2. ^ Atlanta in Transition: Levi moves on
Preceded by
Robert Shaw
Music Directors, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Robert Spano