Music Education. The Legacy of the IPO

According to Jacob Mishori, retired french horn player from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), “Bronislaw Huberman insisted that everyone in the Palestine Symphony Orchestra teach, because we have to build a new generation of musicians.” Huberman’s Palestine Orchestra is still going strong more than 70 years later in the body of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which the orchestra of exiles became when the nation of Israel was founded in 1948.

“If you have nobody who’s a good teacher, it becomes a cultural desert,” says violinist Itzhak Perlman, referencing the both the nascent cultural world of Jewish Palestine in the 1930s, and the desert climate, both of which were a great contrast from musicians’ lives in Europe. “So the teachers are the farmers of music, if you will,” Perlman concludes.

Itzhak Perlman, Ammon Valk—violinist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO)—Zubin Mehta, music director of the IPO, and others speak about the importance of education and teaching in preserving musical heritage and tradition.

Orchestra of Exiles premieres Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS.