Oren Gross-Thaler

    Grant Recipient

    Tel Aviv, Israel


    The promising young conductor Oren Gross-Thaler world premiered Israel’s top composer Noam Sheriff’s last orchestral piece. Studied with Bernard Haitink, and was only twenty when was chosen to participate in the American Conducting Academy. 

    Recently as he is only twenty one, Gross-Thaler conducted a special concert for the Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birth centennial in Germany, in which he also world premiered what will be turned out as the last orchestral composition of Noam Sheriff: “Lenny”, his tribute to Leonard Bernstein who premiered his piece “Akdamot Lemoed” at the inauguration of the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv in 1957. 

    “…And whoever didn’t believe a 21-years old rookie would be able to control the big symphonic machine were harshly wrong. The young thin man blossomed from the first bar by full usage of his body language in the music of Bernstein.” 

    (Mittelbayerische newspaper)

    Oren Gross-Thaler began studying the saxophone at the age of ten with Mr. Gan Lev at the Israeli Conservatory. His conducting experience began at the age of fifteen at the international conducting masterclass held by Maestro George Pehlivanian in Valencia. During his time studying at “Thelma Yellin High school for arts” Gross-Thaler started separately to study conducting with Israel top conductor and composer Noam Sheriff. He became his musical assistant and worked with him on many projects during Sheriff’s last final years. When he was only twenty, Gross-Thaler was selected to participate at the ״Aspen Music Festival״ as a conductor of the “American Conducting Academy” where he studied among others with conductors Robert Spano, Michael Stern and Markus Stenz. When Gross-Thaler was only twenty one, he was selected by the conductor Bernard Haitink to study with him at Lucerne Festival as his youngest student.

    Gross-Thaler Conducted the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Festival Strings Lucerne Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, Israel Sinfonieta Bee’r-Sheva Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Buchmann-Mehta Symphony Orchestra and Aspens Festival’s Orchestras. As a saxophone virtuoso he preformed as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as well as other Israeli orchestras and performed around Israel and Europe.

    Oren Gross-Thaler is the winner of the Israeli Conservatory Competition (2015). Received scholarships of special excellence in the fields of conducting and saxophone from the “America-Israel Cultural Foundation” and from the “Buchmann-Mehta” Academy of Music. The “Thelma Yellin High School of Arts” excellence Award and two fellowships from the “Polonsky Foundation”.


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