Family Touring

by Peter Marck, IPO Principal Bassist

The Israel Philharmonic tours more than any other major orchestra. We maintain an international reputation, we serve the diplomatic interests of Israel, and our Music Director, Zubin Mehta, has fans around the world. But how does it affect family life? When you join the IPO, you know it’s going to be tough on children and spouses; especially for couples in the orchestra. There have been “legendary” couples: Teddy and Talia; Toli and Liza, Shelly and Micha, Saida and Adi, who have each raised three and even four children while taking on the full orchestra load of touring.

Recently, a new couple was added to the group: Genia and Polina Yehudin and for the Far East tour they are a trio with their 15 month-old daughter Marta.

Marta is a good traveler and likes people! She puts up with all the trains, buses, planes, waiting in lines and hotel life – just like her Mom, who is soloist in the Vivaldi Concerto and her Dad who is principal clarinet.

This week was full of traveling – after leaving Fokuoka, the Orchestra traveled by bullet train for concerts in Osaka, Mei, Nagoya and back to Tokyo.

The next project is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Tokyo Ballet at the NHK.


46  Genia Polina and Marta on the Bullet Train 52  Long day of touring