Israela Margalit

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Israela Margalit
Born1944 (age 79–80)
Haifa, Mandatory Palestine
EducationCase Western University
Notable worksThe Well-Tempered Bach[1]
Notable awardsEmmy nomination[1][2]
Honorary Mention Best Play[1][2]
NY Film & TV festival gold medal[2]
NEA Media Awards[2]
British Music Industry award, Best CD (Korngold)
SpouseYahli Wagman (1950s-19??)
Lorin Maazel[3](1969-19??)
Paul Rauch[4] (19??-2012; his death)
ChildrenIlann Maazel[5]
Fiona Maazel

Israela Margalit is an American concert pianist,[6] recording artist,[5] playwright and television writer.[6]


Musical career[edit]

Israela Margalit is a concert pianist and recording artist, a playwright, screenwriter, TV writer and author. Her plays have been produced in New York, Moscow, Los Angeles and Hungary. Her TV specials have been shown on PBS, ZDF, ARD and in more than twenty countries.

She has appeared as a soloist of many of the world's leading orchestras including the Berlin, Munich, London, and Israel Philharmonics and the American Big Five.

Personal life[edit]

Israela Margalit is a mother of two from her marriage to conductor Lorin Maazel: Ilann Margalit Maazel, a civil rights lawyer, pianist and composer, and Fiona Maazel, a novelist. She studied music in Tel-Aviv, Paris and Munich. While she was taking a few years' sabbatical from performing to care for her small children, she studied philosophy, political science and literature at Case Western Reserve. She is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate for Humane Letters from Lake Erie College. She speaks Hebrew, English, French and German, and writes in English. She was born in Palestine in 1944, and lives in New York.


  1. ^ a b c Cynthia Citron, 9 March 2011, LA Stage Times, Israela Margalit Plays for a Ménage à Trois, Accessed 14 June 2014, "..Israela Margalit ... her career has encompassed performances with 50 major orchestras around the world..."
  2. ^ a b c d e Amber Cassell, 12 February 2011, Broadway World, Casting announced of U.S. premiere of Israela Margalit's TRIO, Accessed 17 June 2014
  3. ^ 27 April 2011, Ted Merwin, The Jewish Week, Sour Notes: Concert pianist-turned-playwright Israela Margalit looks at cutthroat world of classical music in ‘First Prize.’, Accessed 14 June 2014, "..the distinguished Israeli pianist and playwright Israela Margalit suggests ... the classical music world is also saturated with much that is sordid and soul-destroying..."
  4. ^ 10 Dec 2012, Soap Opera Digest, Legendary Soap Exec Producer Dies, Accessed 14 June 2014, "..Emmy-winner Paul Rauch,... is survived by his wife, Israela Margalit, an accomplished concert pianist, playwright and writer. .."
  5. ^ a b George Whipple, 7 July 2009, Time Warner News NY1, Mother, Son Tickle The Ivories In Steinway Hall Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed 14 June 2014, "..mother and son duo ... Award-winning pianist Israela Margalit who shared the piano bench with her son, Ilann Margalit Maazel..."
  6. ^ a b Steven Leigh Morris Thursday, 17 Mar 2011, LA Weekly, Jonas Oppenheim's Free $$$ and Israela Margalit's Trio, Accessed 14 June 2014, "..Margalit is herself an acclaimed concert pianist, as well as a television writer..."