Astrith Baltsan has used her strengths as a musician, director, and scholar to find unconventional and engaging ways to introduce classical music to new audiences. Baltsan earned a master’s from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in 1980 and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music in 1983 while touring internationally as a pianist and winning several awards. From 1985–1992 she taught at the Rubin Academy of Music while helping found the Tel Aviv Arts School’s music program. From 1986–1992 she was a founding member and artistic director of the Musica Nova Consort, the first Israeli contemporary music ensemble. In the 1990s she created a new twist on the lecture-concert series by turning them into multimedia events that incorporated poetry, film, and dance. Her events for the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra over the next decade filled concert halls with new audiences. In 1996 she and her husband, composer Moshe Zorman, created ha-Catedra le-Musica, a Tel Aviv-based adult education music school. As of 2015 they still serve as co-directors and principal lecturers, offering stunning multimedia takes on both classical and contemporary music.
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