JERUSALEM, March 19, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) ó Israeli conductor and musician Gary Bertini has died in Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, following a long illness at age 77.
Bertini, a 1987 Israel Prize laureate, established the Rinat choir in the 1950s and later the Israeli Chamber Orchestra [in 1965], giving Israeli audiences quality vocal performances of classical music, reported the Ha'aretz news agency Saturday.
He also modernized and expanded the country's repertoire of mainstream concert programming, as well as composing music for theater productions, films and dance performances.
Bertini was born in 1928 in Bessarabia, an area largely in present-day Moldova and Ukraine. His mother was a doctor and biologist and his father a poet and translator, Ha'aretz said.
He studied music in Italy, Tel Aviv and Paris and then immigrated to Israel in 1947. [He had held music director or principal conductor positions at the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Opera, the New Israeli Opera and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. His final post was as music director of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.]
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