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Bertini, Gary

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Bertini, Gary, Russian-born Israeli conductor and composer; b. Brichevo, May 1, 1927. He was taken to Palestine as a child and began violin lessons at age 16. After studies at the Milan Cons, (diploma, 1948), he continued his training with Seter and Singer at the Tel Aviv Coll. of Music (diploma, 1951). He then went to Paris, where he studied at the Cons, and the École Normale de Musique, his principal mentors in composition being Honegger, Messiaen, and Boulanger. He also studied musicology at the Sorbonne with Chailley. Returning to Israel in 1954, he was music director of the Rinat (later Israel Chamber) Choir (1955–72), the Israel Chamber Ensemble Orch. (1965–75), and the Jerusalem Sym. Orch. (1977–86). He also served as principal guest conductor of the Scottish National Orch. in Glasgow (1971–81) and as artistic advisor of the Israel Festival (1976–83) and of the Detroit Sym. Orch. (1981–83). From 1983 to 1991 he was chief conductor of the Cologne Radio Sym. Orch. He also was Intendant and Generalmusikdirektor of the Frankfurt am Main Opera from 1987 to 1991, concurrently serving as chief conductor of its Museumgesellschaft concerts. In 1994 he became artistic director of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. In 1997 he became music director of the Rome Opera. He also was music director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Sym. Orch. from 1998. Bertini has become well known for conducting 20 th -century scores, including many first performances. As a composer, he has written stage music, incidental scores, orch. works, chamber music, and songs. In 1978 he was awarded the Israel State Prize for composition.

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