Since its inception in 1936, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been dedicated to presenting exceptional music to audiences in Israel and throughout the world.
From its inaugural concert, conducted by Arturo Toscanini, world-renowned soloists and conductors have performed with the IPO. In order to ensure the IPO continues reaching new audiences, AFIPO is committed to supporting the touring efforts of the Orchestra. The IPO is Israel’s foremost cultural ambassador and travels throughout the world, particularly to countries where there is little or no Israeli representation. In some cases, performances of the IPO are the only example of Israel’s existence. The goodwill created by these tours, which included historic visits to Japan, Argentina, Poland, Hungary, Russia, China and India, is of enormous value to the State of Israel.
In 2017, the orchestra traveled to China and The Republic of Georgia in late summer, then returned to North America for a two-week tour, with performances in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, West Palm Beach, and Miami, as well as Toronto, with galas and receptions in honor of Maestro Mehta’s tenure as Music Director for Life. In February 2019, the IPO returned to the US under the baton of Maestro Yoel Levi to tour Long Island, New York City, West Palm Beach, Miami, Sarasota, and Ann Arbor.