Gisčle Ben-Dor

Biography

Born: Uruguay  
Gisčle Ben-Dor made a spectacular debut as a guest conductor of world-class orchestras, followed up by solid accomplishments in American regional orchestras.

She was born in Uruguay of Polish immigrant parents. After her musical talents became evident, she went to Tel Aviv, Israel, to study at the Rubin Academy of Music on an America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. After completing her studies there, she continued at the Yale
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She won conducting fellowships at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute and the Israel Philharmonic. At Tanglewood, Leonard Bernstein took an interest in her career and coached her.

Her American conducting debut was at the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra in a 1986 Summerfest concert. In the same year, she was the winner of the Bartók Prize of the Hungarian Television International Competition, resulting in her being awarded an Eastern European tour.

Like her mentor Leonard Bernstein, she was asked at the last minute to replace the scheduled conductor of the New York Philharmonic, in her case Kurt Masur. Performing without a rehearsal and from memory, she won unanimous acclaim and was immediately invited back for further performances. One of them was at Central Park before an audience estimated at 100,000. Bernstein invited her to conduct the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the first Schleswig-Holstein Festival. When she made her debut with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, conducting Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the event was televised by the BBC and broadcast live throughout Europe.

She was appointed Resident Conductor of the Houston Symphony, serving as such in 1988-1991. In that capacity she conducted the orchestra at the 1989 Inauguration of President George H. W. Bush.

She has been named a Musical America "Young Artist of the Year," was invited to debut in Carnegie Hall during the historic concert venue's 100th Anniversary Celebration, and has guest conducted many important orchestras and chamber orchestras in four continents.

Ben-Dor became the Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. (Annapolis is a small city near Washington, D.C. that is the capital of the State of Maryland and home of the U.S. Naval Academy.) Her next appointment was as Music Director of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston, followed by her 1994 engagement as Music Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. These appointments overlapped. She gave up the Annapolis position after six years, and stepped down from Boston after seven. He contract with the Santa Barbara Symphony extended through 2002.

Santa Barbara is a city of substantial size located several miles up the Pacific Coast from Los Angeles, far enough from that city to want to develop its own cultural life, and its orchestra is one of the best of its class in the United States. It is also close enough to L.A. that Los Angeles critics often report on its events. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles times called Ben-Dor "a star on the rise" and concluded that there was "surely no holding back a conductor with so ferocious a talent."

She has been a champion of music of her native Latin American culture. She has recorded for CRI, Centaur, and Koch Classics. Her debut recording on Koch, in music of Ginastera, was widely acclaimed. Her first recording with the Santa Barbara Symphony in two orchestral works by Revueltas and the English Chamber Orchestra in another Revueltas work for smaller ensemble won raves. In 2000, she released Villa-Lobos' sprawling Symphony No. 10 with the Santa Barbara Orchestra for Koch.

Gisčle Ben-Dor is married to engineer Eli Ben-Dor and is a permanent resident of the United States. They have two sons and live near the U.S. east coast. Read less

Biography

Born: Uruguay  
Gisčle Ben-Dor made a spectacular debut as a guest conductor of world-class orchestras, followed up by solid accomplishments in American regional orchestras.

She was born in Uruguay of Polish immigrant parents. After her musical talents became evident, she went to Tel Aviv, Israel, to study at the Rubin Academy of Music on an America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. After completing her studies there, she continued at the Yale
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Los Privilegiados (The Upper Crust of 1900): Las Tres Damitas (The Three Young Ladies)
I. Los Privilegiados (The Upper Crust of 1900): La Levita y el Sorbete (The Frock Coat and the Top Hat)
I. Los Privilegiados (The Upper Crust of 1900): El Espejo (The Mirror)
II. Los Desheredados (The Disinherited): Los Desheredados (The Disinherited)
II. Los Desheredados (The Disinherited): El Peon (The Laborer)
II. Los Desheredados (The Disinherited): Los Rurales (The Rural Resistance)
III. La Pesadilla de Don Ferruco (Don Ferruco's Nightmare): El Ambigu (The Party)
III. La Pesadilla de Don Ferruco (Don Ferruco's Nightmare): El Peladito y la Gatita (The Scoundrel and the Simple Girl)
III. La Pesadilla de Don Ferruco (Don Ferruco's Nightmare): La Burguesita (The Middle Class Lady)
III. La Pesadilla de Don Ferruco (Don Ferruco's Nightmare):
IV. El Juicio Final (The Last Judgement): La Lucha (The Battle)
IV. El Juicio Final (The Last Judgement): Los Caidos (The Fallen)
IV. El Juicio Final (The Last Judgement): Los Liberados (The Liberated)
Tema per violoncello ed arpa
Interludio per corde
Variazione giocosa per flauto
Variazione in modo di scherzo per clarinetto
Variazione drammatica per viola
Variazione canonica per oboe e fagotto
Variazione ritmica per tromba e trombone
Variazione in modo di moto perpetuo per violino
Variazione pastorale per corno
Interludio per fiati
Ripresa dal tema per contrabasso
Variazione finale in modo di rondo per orchestra
Claro de luna el Parana (Moonlight on the Parana)
Fiesta indigena (Native festival)
Ronda de la doncellas (Girls' round dance)
Danza de los guerreros (Warriors' dance)
Escena (Scene)
Pantomima del amor eterno (Pantomime of eternal love)
Canto de Guirahu (Guirahu's Song)
El Hechicero se dirige hacia Guirahu (The sorcerer approaches Guirahu) - Aparecen las deidades del agua (The water sprites appear) ...
Juego de las deidades del agua (The water sprites play)
Reaparece el Hechicero (The sorcerer reappears) - Los gritos del Hechicero (The Sorcerer's cries)
Inquietud de la tribu (The tribe is uneasy) - Suplica de Panambi (Panambi's prayer)
Invocacion a los espiritus poderosos (Invocation to the spirits of power)
Danza del Hechicero (Dance of the Sorcerer)
El Hechicero habla (The Sorcerer speaks)
Lamento de las doncellas (The girls' lament)
Aparicion de Tupa (Tupa appears) - Los guerreros amenazan al Hechicero (The warriors threaten the Sorcerer)
El Amanecer (Dawn)
Scene 1: El Amanecer - Introduccion y Escena (Dawn - Introduction and Scena)
Pequena Danza (Little dance)
Scene 2: La Manana - Danza del trigo (Morning - Wheat Dance)
Los trabajadores agricolas (The farm labourers)
Los peones de hacienda - Entrada de los caballitos (The cattlemen - Entry of the foals)
Los puebleros (The townsfolk)
Scene 3: La tarde - Triste pampeano (Afternoon - 'Triste' from the Pampas)
La doma (Rodeo)
Idilio crepuscular (Twilight idyll)
Scene 4: La Noche - Nocturno (Night - Nocturne)
Scene 5: El Amanecer - Escena (Dawn - Scena)
Danza final (Final Dance) (Malambo)


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