Conducting has several meanings for me.
The Hebrew word “Menatzeach” means not only “conductor” but also “winner” and “eternity”, to which the great Riccardo Muti referred when he said that his teacher understood only at the age of 90 how to conduct. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ-G3qNmI0U)
In English the word is also connected with conductivity (electrical). I believe that the conductor conducts between music and audience, composer and musicians.
Every conductor brings with him a package of unique attributes and characteristics, some of which come from the vocal field, others from the keyboard or from the field of composition, etc.
Playing in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the greatest conductors in the world, my chamber and solo experience and teaching for many years are part of the package I bring as a conductor.
I am fortunate to be able to understand the orchestral body from many angles, and to feel the players – their difficulties, needs and abilities.
Through my years of experience I have developed a specific taste in issues connected with sound, expression and style, and am grateful for not having started too young.
The flute has accompanied me my entire life.
My first memory is of a shiny instrument with a complex mechanism. I loved it.
For my 10th birthday I received a record of James Galway and then realized how the instrument could really sound.
I used to play for hours with the record until I knew every note (and thanks to Sir James for developing my hearing, since I played without any music!)
Amongst my first musical experiences was playing the piccolo in an orchestra, at an age in which my feet didn’t even touch the ground. Many thought I was a gimmick and not really playing.
Since then, I have accumulated many musical experiences – solo, chamber and orchestral.
One of my greatest and most molding experiences was the two weeks I spent with celebrated flutist Jean Pierre Rampal. We played Cimarosa’s double concerto together on a concert tour around Israel.
Several years ago I performed Bernstein’s work Halil with Gustavo Dudamel and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour to the USA.
When asked, “How does one get to Carnegie Hall?” Isaac Stern replied, “Practice!”