The Jerusalem Symphony with cellist Danielle Akta

Feb 5, 2016

Music Worcester presents
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
with a symphonic program featuring works by
Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff
March 15, 2016 in Mechanics Hall, Worceter
Contact Midge Hamilton, 508-754-3231 x201
February 5, 2016   For Immediate Release


Conductor Dmitry Yablonsky
Featuring prodigy cellist, Danielle Akta


The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA was founded as the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra in the late 1930s. In 1948 it became the national radio orchestra and was known as the “Kol Israel Orchestra”. In the 1970s, the orchestra was expanded into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority.

Grammy nominated conductor, cellist and conductor Dmitry Yablonksy was born in Moscow and his career has taken him to the most important stages in the world, such as the Carnegie Hall, La Scala, Moscow Great Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Taiwan National Hall, Teatre Mogador, Cite de la Musique,and the Louvre, among others.

The orchestra maintains a varied repertoire which ranges from the Baroque and the Classical periods through the Romantic period, extending to contemporary composers, many of whom have received their Israeli premières with the JSO. The orchestra was the first Israeli Orchestra to perform the works of renowned composers such as Sofia Gubaidolina, Henry Dutilleux, Alfred Schnittke and others. Since its inception the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra has consistently encouraged Israeli composers by commissioning and performing their works.

Danielle Akta began to play the cello at the age of four, after listening to a recording of Jacqueline du Pré. Her first teacher was Ms. Galina Aronovich, since 2012 she has been studying with Ms. Luba Rubin at the Raanana Music Center (RMC). Over the years, Danielle has participated in masterclasses with Prof. Maria Tchaikovskaya, Dmitry Yablonsky, Prof. Raphael Wallfisch, Prof. Ralph Kirshbaum and Prof. Paul Katz. She is also participate in various chamber music formations including string quartets and piano trios.

Danielle won the first prize with special honors at the 2014 Flame International Competition in Paris, first prize at the 2014 Muse International Music Competition in Athens, Greece, and first prize at the 2013 Israeli National Cello Competition. She was also awarded first prize at the Spring Music Competitions at Raanana Music Center in 2011 and the Promising Young Musician Excellence Award in 2012.