Gad Naschitz

September 7, 2017

Adv. Gad Naschitz, Chairman of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society and founder of the Competition’s body of Patrons, has passed away.
Peter Gad Naschitz was a well-known jurist in the legal community in Israel and around the world. He held many distinguished positions, including Dean of the Israel Consular Corps and he was former World President of the International Federation of Consular Corps and Associations.
Naschitz accompanied the Rubinstein Association for many years, as Chairman of the Society and as a board member. He did a tremendous amount to promote and develop the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He will be greatly missed.

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Arie Vardi is Israel Prize laureate in music, 2017

February 9, 2017

Pianist, teacher, educator, Chairman of the jury and Music Advisor of the Rubinstein Competition,
Prof. Arie Vardi, has been announced as Israel Prize laureate in music, 2017.

The prize committee’s arguments for electing Vardi were his achievements as a performing artist
and his enormous contribution to the advancement and subsistence of classical music culture in Israel.

The committee also noted his impact on the development of Israeli music and Israeli musicians abroad:
“Through extensive activities both as a pianist, and as a renowned international teacher, as well as presenting music to the general public, in concerts and TV.”

Vardi has been Chairman of the jury of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel for many years and recently served as Chairman of the Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition in China. He has served as an adjudicator in many international piano competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, Leeds competition in the UK and the Van Cliburn competition in the United States.

Vardi was the first musician to present “Lecture-Concerts”, both in concerts and on radio programs.
He has been making television programs, for many years, the most well-known being “Intermezzo with Arik”, where he hosts musicians, including celebrated international artists.

Dozens of Arie Verdi’s students have become top performers, all over the world, and hold important positions in various institutions, and his influence as a pedagogue of classical music has reached every corner of the globe.

Vardi constantly performs as a pianist and as a conductor, in Israel and abroad.
With his many activities, he continues to contribute to the development of classical music. He is a faculty member at Buchmann-Mehta school – Tel Aviv University and at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany.

He gives master classes at distinguished music institutions around the world, from Juilliard in New York to Harbin, China.

Arie Vardi was born in 1937 in Tel Aviv to Zionist parents and dedicated educators.
His teachers in Israel were Neima Rosh, Ilona Vincze-Kraus and Frank Peleg; and Paul Baumgartner, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nadia Boulange – abroad.
Vardi is also a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty.
He began his concert performances when he was 15. In 1960 he won the Chopin Competition in Israel and a year later Enescu Prize in Bucharest. His extensive career took off, from then.

The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society and its Board of Directors are proud of Arie Verdi’s accomplishments and respect him tremendously for being awarded this distinguished prize.

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BORIS GILTBURG – Carnegie Hall Piano Recital

September 5, 2016

Date: October 27, 2016   7.30 pm
Venue: Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall)

The annual event of the American Friends of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society (AFARIMS), featuring Rubinstein laureate – Boris Giltburg in his New York debut.

Israeli pianistBoris Giltburg is a rising star in the international world of pianism, 2nd Prize winner and Audience Favorite at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 2011.

His career soared after winning two additional prominent competitions – Santander, Spain, 2002 and Queen Elizabeth Competition, Brussels, 2013, and he is in demand to play as soloist with leading  international orchestras and at important venues throughout the world.


Rachmaninoff 9 Études-Tableaux Op. 39
Scriabin Sonata No. 4
Shostakovitch String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
Arranged for piano solo by Giltburg
Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major


The event is organized and sponsored by AFARIMS.
AFARIMS Patrons are entitled to free admission and are invited to an after-concert dinner.




July 10, 2016

In a special collaboration between American Express, Dan Hotels and the Rubinstein Society, former Rubinstein laureate, Ching-Yun Hu hosted Israeli pianist Andy Feldbau and Artistic Director, Idith Zvi for a surprising six hand performance of Rachmaninov’s Romance.
Before this exclusive and intimate concert, guests enjoyed a cocktail, the courtesy of Dan Hotel.
For the full program, please visit our Past Events page.

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An evening with soprano Jessye Norman

June 1, 2016

Patrons and benefactors of the Rubinstein Society together with Winners and Board Members of the internationally known Wolf Foundation, were invited to a special evening in honor of soprano Jessye Norman. Jessye Norman was invited as the guest of honor by the Wolf Foundation, after receiving the Wolf Prize for her outstanding achievements in Music.

Idith Zvi, Artistic Director of the Rubinstein Society, led a conversation with Jessye Norman, accompanied by some of Norman’s most captivating video clips, which created intimacy and familiarity with her unique and glamorous personality, together with listening to her incredible voice.

The event took place in the beautiful private residency of Ms. Ronnie Finegold, a longtime supporter of the Rubinstein Competition, and was a co-production of the Rubinstein Society and the Wolf Foundation.

Thank you Ms. Jessye Norman, for an unforgettable evening!

Watch the full interview here


Ilana Sacher, Yariv Ben Dov, Alina Rubinstein, Roman Rabinovich, Eva Rubinstein, Reuven Sacher

Inaugural event of “The American Friends of The Arthur Rubinstein Music Society”

May 3, 2015

On Sunday May 3rd, 2015 Ilana and Reuven Sacher, dear Friends and Patrons of the newly established American Friends of The Arthur Rubinstein Competition, graciously hosted a reception and recital at their beautiful New York home.

Guests of honor, Mrs. Eva and Dr. Alina Rubinstein – daughters of the late Arthur Rubinstein and an audience of 70 guests, enjoyed a recital given by 2008 Prize Laureate, Roman Rabinovich.

The American Friends of the Arthur Rubinstein Music Society was established by Adv. Yariv Ben- Dov, Member of the Board and a Patron of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society in Israel. The aims of the newly founded organization are twofold; to bring together lovers of the piano in the United States and support The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society and Piano Master Competition in Israel.

The event was a tremendous success thanks to the warm hospitality of the hosts, the well planned organization of Adv. Ben-Dov, and of course the artistic contribution of pianist Roman Rabinovich.

Many of the guests showed interest in becoming supporters of the Arthur Rubinstein Music Society’s activities.

For further information about becoming a friend, please contact Adv. Yariv Ben-Dov  in New York or the ARIMS Israel office

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