About Haifa Symphony Orchestra

The Haifa Symphony Orchestra was established in 1950 by the composer and pianist Frank Pelleg and violin teacher Tzvi Rotenberg. Among the musical directors of the orchestra during the years are Frank Pelleg, Sergiu Comissiona, Avi Ostrowsky, Mendi Rodan, Yuval Zaliouk, Lior Shambadal, Stanley Sperber, Cristian Mandeal, Noam Sheriff and Zhong Xu. As of 2021, Yoel Levi serves as chief conductor and artistic advisor of the orchestra.


Haifa Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 65 players that form a mix of young and experienced artists, new and veteran newcomers, and musicians who were born and raised in Israel. The orchestra held tours in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and USA. It also participated in international festivals in Corsica, Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Besançon and Liege.


The orchestra performs a diverse repertoire suitable for every age, from infancy to adulthood. The orchestra performs a variety of classical series, as well as family concerts and collaborations with leading Israeli singers and composers, and often hosts world renowned conductors and soloists.


Haifa Symphony Orchestra performs concerts and special shows in cultural halls across Israel, and also regularly accompanies piano, harp and wind competitions throughout the country.


As part of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, operate the Haifa Opera, Bat Shir Choirs and the Haifa Big Band.



The orchestra operates educational programs in kindergartens and schools, as well as a program for outstanding students –  HSO Young.