Israel Getzov – Conductor
American conductor Israel Getzov begins his tenth season as Music Director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Principal Conductor of the Tianjin Philharmonic, the resident orchestra of the Tianjin Grand Theater. Previously he held the position of Associate Conductor with the Arkansas Symphony.
Mr. Getzov has conducted orchestras throughout the United States, including Abilene Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Skokie Valley Symphony, Monroe Symphony and the Cleveland Pops. He has also conducted Shanghai Philharmonic, Tianjin Symphony, and Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. He was selected by Leonard Slatkin to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was chosen by David Zinman for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival.
Mr. Getzov started the violin at age 3, and later studied viola, piano and percussion. He has performed as an orchestral violinist with many renowned conductors including Barenboim, Boulez, Solti, Mehta, Jansons, and Rostropovich. He was a founding member of the Rockefeller String Quartet, a professional quartet with whom he gave over 200 concerts.
An in-demand educator of ensemble techniques, Mr. Getzov holds a tenured professorship at the University of Central Arkansas, and has given clinics at many conservatories in the U.S. and China. An experienced speaker, he was the host of his own weekly radio program on Arkansas KLRE 90.5FM called “Izzy Investigates” and he has also performed live as a chamber musician on WFMT and WBEZ in Chicago. He has also appeared many times on television both in U.S. and in China, including CCTV.