Orbach, Orit

American-born Israeli clarinetist. Moved with her family to Israel at age four. Returned to US to study at New England Conservatory. There she won the chamber and the concerto competitions. She studied at Northwestern University near Chicago for a Masters, also winning many competitions. Orit has played with numerous orchestras and symphonies, and with many top soloists. Some of the highlight performances included appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Zubin Mehta conducting), Boston Philharmonic, San Francisco Sinfonietta, the Northwestern Symphony, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra (Nayden Todorov conducting), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Northern Symphony, Haifa. She serves as principal clarinetist with the Israel Northern Symphony of Haifa and also as a teacher with Music by the Red Sea – Israel Festival. Orbach has premiered works by major modern composers, including Krzystof Penderecki and Robert Starer. She served on the jury of the First Krzystof Pendrecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in 1997. The Yediot Achronot, a major newspaper in Israel, reviewed her playing saying: “Orbach amazed us with her virtuosic performance. She has an outstanding stage presence, strong personality and natural musicality. Her Clarinet has many different colors and her technique is brilliant.” She is also part of an all female band called “Eve’s Women” which is described as bringing together “Jewish styles from East and West and then absorbing the multi-cultural influences of Israeli society which bring in the Middle Eastern, Latin, African and North American jazz.” variations.