Gisèle Ben-Dor,

conductor

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"Ben-Dor casts her spell ... a tremendous musician, expert technician, charismatic performer "

— Boston Globe


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Biography

 

Gisele Ben-DorGisèle Ben-Dor's performances are receiving overwhelming critical praise. She has led, amongst others, the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony , London Philharmonic Orchestras,the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC/Wales orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic , Boston Pops, New World Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Houston Symphony. In addition to being r eengaged by many of these orchestras, she has also led many others in the United States, Europe, Australia and Latin America, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Spanish Radio and Television, Ulster Orchestra, St.Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale d'Ile de France,the orchestras of Nancy, Lille and Piccardie, orchestras in Denmark and Italy, and the Phoenix, Toledo and Pacific Symphonies, amongst others.

In March 1999, Ms. Ben-Dor returned to the New York Philharmonic once again substituting for Daniele Gatti in a program of Mahler and Beethoven, without a rehearsal or scores, much as she did in her last-minute debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1994,when she stepped in for Kurt Masur to unanimous praise. Following her most recent Philharmonic appearance , the New York Times wrote, "If Ms. Ben-Dor had merely survived in a work as complex as the Mahler under the circumstances, she would have done well; she did more, making the interpretation ... her own." On other occasions, Gisèle Ben-Dor has appeared with the Philharmonic in Central Park, before an estimated audience of 100,000 and has led members of the orchestra in a concert marathon of contemporary British music.

In 2000-01, she conducted with extraordinary success a new production and European premiere of Alberto Ginastera's last opera, Beatrix Cenci, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève . The production was unanimously acclaimed by the international press. The Tribune de Genève stated, "Gisèle Ben-Dor is a master conductor.… The Uruguayan 'chef' set Ginastera's opera on fire." In November 2000, she conducted another major work of Ginastera ( "Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam," ) in Madrid, also a European premiere.

Ms. Ben-Dor has just been signed by EMI for a new recording of vocal music by Ginastera, featuring Placido Domingo and Ana Maria Martinez, including excerpts from his first opera "Don Rodrigo".
In April 1999, BMG/Conifer issued the world premiere recording of the complete score of Alberto Ginastera's ballet Estancia, featuring Ms. Ben-Dor with the London Symphony. Classic CD stated that "she spectacularly proves her credentials ...". Gramophone gave "a whole hearted recommendation to the disc," much as it praised Ms. Ben-Dor's first recording of Ginastera's music, also with the London Symphony (Koch International), featuring the Variaciones Concertantes and the world premiere of both versions of the Glosses on Themes of Pablo Casals

Ms. Ben-Dor has also recorded the music of Silvestre Revueltas for Koch, including the world premiere of Revueltas' final work, the ballet La Coronela, with the Santa Barbara Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestra. A world premiere of Villa-Lobos' Symphony #10, "Amerindia", with the Santa Barbara Symphony and Chorus has recently been released. Fanfare magazine calls Gisèle Ben-Dor "one of the best things that has ever happened to the music of the southern hemisphere."

The groundbreaking Revueltas Festival which she created and realized in Santa Barbara (January 2000) elicited rave praise worldwide for its imaginative approach and wide ranging commitment to the cause of the composer. ("Gisèle Ben-Dor can be counted to unearth something important every season", Los Angeles Times).The Festival "Tango and Malambo" is now in the making, and will feature music from Argentinean composers, including Ginastera, Piazzola , Bacalov, Golijov and Guastavino.

Such events, as well as her many recordings confirm the Los Angeles Times' assertion that she is "a star on the rise ... so ferocious a talent ... just the conductor we have been waiting for to make a really persuasive case for Latin composers". Ms. Ben-Dor has also recorded music of John Adams, David Ott, Béla Bártok and Ezra Sims.

Currently, Ms. Ben-Dor is the Music Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Conductor Emerita of the Boston Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra where, having been chosen exclusively by the musicians themselves, she has also garnered the highest praise from both audience and critics. The Boston Globe remarked, "Ben-Dor casts her spell .... a tremendous musician, and a vital, charismatic presence."
She has shared the stage with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Ann-Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham, Frederika von Stade, Hilary Hahn, Sara Chang, Leon Fleisher, Yefim Bronfmann, Sharon Isbin and Arturo Sandoval.

Her talent was recognized by Leonard Bernstein, with whom she shared the stage at Tanglewood and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Winner of the Bartok Prize of the Hungarian Television, she toured several East European countries. Ms. Ben-Dor made her conducting debut with the Israel Philharmonic in Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and was televised by the BBC/London throughout Europe. Born and raised in Uruguay of Polish parents, she also studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv and at the Yale School of Music before residing in the U.S., together with her husband and two young sons. They have recently attained their citizenship.