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From Philly to the Philharmonic with Miriam Hartman, Principal Violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

a portrait of Miriam Hartman with her violin

From Philly to the Philharmonic

September 19, 2021, 11 am ET

Miriam Hartman tells the story of how the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) rose from the flames of European antisemitism, flourished along with the birth of the State of Israel and continues to be an ambassador for Israel throughout the world.

From her roots in Melrose Park, PA, Ms. Hartman's path to her prestigious position in the IPO has taken her from her family’s living room to studying at Yale and Juilliard, and then playing for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the IPO. During her 36 seasons with the IPO, she has shared the stage with music greats such as Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma. She has played during times of peace and times of war. She has also seen the IPO change from an orchestra made of immigrants to an orchestra made of musicians born in Israel, including its new Music Director, Lahav Shani.

This will be a hybrid webinar, including both live and pre-recorded content.  Miriam Hartman will join us live for a Q&A session facilitated by Kathy Elias, Chair of the Gratz Board of Governors.


Miriam Hartman
Principal Viola, Israel Philharmonic
Ruth and Reuben Shrift Endowed Chair

Miriam Hartman joined the Israel Philharmonic in 1984. She earned her B.A. from Yale University cum laude, winning the Joseph L. Selden prize, and obtained her M.M. from The Juilliard School. She studied viola with Raphael Hillyer, Paul Doktor and Max Aronoff. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival in 1982. She has served on the faculty of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music of Tel Aviv University, and on the faculty of the Nordic Music Academy in Denmark. She has given master classes in Brazil, Chile, the United States, Europe and in Israel. Ms. Hartman has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic and with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as soloist with Pinchas Zukerman (recorded on RCA), with Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall, and at the Salzburg Festival. She has performed chamber music with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Yuja Wang, Nikolaj Znaider, Lahav Shani, Lynn Harrel, Fazil Say, Sarah Chang, Christian Tetzlaff, Gil Shaham, Felix Galimir, Barbara Dever, David Garrett and with members of the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna. She has performed with Martha Argerich both in Israel and in Rome. Ms. Hartman was the violist-in-residence at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, NY for two years. 

In joint concerts with the IPO, Ms. Hartman has led the viola sections of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has led her section under the batons of Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Muti, Masur, Maazel, Dudamel, Dohnanyi, Barenboim, Sawallisch, Robertson, Zukerman, Noseda, Petrenko and Honeck. 

Ms. Hartman is an active participant in the Orchestra’s KeyNote program, which brings music to thousands of schoolchildren every year. She is also a member of the Alumni Schools Committee of Yale University, and a former Board member of SIGNAL, Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership. She has given talks about the Israel Philharmonic at the Jewish Museum of Vienna, The Jewish Museum of Rome, at the Wharton Israel Conference and for the Sha'ar Groundwaves Community in NYC.

You can read more about Ms. Hartman here  or listen 

Here Ms. Hartman explains about the Keynote Program

Ms. Hartman can be heard on the Koch, RCA, MII, IBA and Decca labels and on the Israel Philharmonic Online Chamber Music Series on YouTube.

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