Flutist-Conductor Eyal Ein-Habar, first chair player of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 1997, was born in Israel in 1971. He is a flute instructor and Head of the Wind Department at Tel-Aviv University's Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, in collaboration with the Israel Philharmonic.
Ein-Habar is a winner of the 1992 Scheveningen International Flute Competition, Holland, the 1996 Francois Shapira Competition, Israel and a prize winner of the 1993 Kobe International Flute Competition, Japan. He is a receipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships between 1983 and 1996.
Eyal Ein-Habar performs regularly as a solo flutist and as a soloist-conductor with all major Israeli orchestras, as well as with different orchestras around the world. He presents recitals and master-classes internationally and has performed chamber music in festivals and concert tours in Israel, Europe, North and South America, and Canada.
He was the featured soloist during the IPO's USA tour in November 2008, performing Bernstein's "Halil" in New York's Carnegie Hall, in New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Diego and Los Angeles. Flutist Eyal Ein-Habar and Conductor Gustavo Dudamel received rave reviews on this tour.
Ein-Habar guest-conducts frequently the leading Israeli orchestras. In the past season, 2009-2010, he conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le'Zion and the Israeli Sinfoniatta Be'er Sheba.His most recent international engagements as soloist and/or conductor include the RIAS Youth Orchestra (Berlin), Camerata Nordica (Sweden), Orquesta Sinfonica Universidad de Conception (Chile), Filharmonica Kaliska (Poland), and the Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia in Bogota.
Eyal Ein-Habar is a founding member of the Israel Woodwind Quintet. He recorded three CDs with the Quintet and four with the Israel Flute Ensemble. His recordings can be found on Centaur Records (USA), Meridian (England), IMI (Israel) and others. His latest CD "It Takes Two to Trio" (Centaur Records) - trios for Flute, Oboe and Keyboards - was highly acclaimed by the American Record Guide and by the "Pan" Magazine of the British Flute Association.