Nitzan Haroz - Behind the Scenes

January 31, 2017

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Nitzan Haroz

Nitzan Haroz holds the Neubauer Family Foundation Chair.

Where were you born? I was born in Eilat, Israel (Eilat is the southern-most city in Israel).

What piece of music could you play over and over again? There are a few pieces I could play over and over again but the one that immediately comes to my mind is Astor Piazzola’s “Oblivion.”

What is your most treasured possession? My three children are the most treasured thing in my life, possessions are merely objects. 

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Stephen Starr’s Continental Mid-town.

What’s in your instrument case? Mostly cleaning/lubricant supplies—slide lubricant liquid, water spray bottle (for the slide!), valve oil.

If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I would ask Richard Wagner how is it possible that a man who wrote some of the most passionate, touching, beautiful music could have had so much hatred for the Jewish people?

What piece of music never fails to move you? Fauré’s Requiem.

When did you join the Orchestra? In September 1995.

Do you play any other instruments? I play the euphonium and bass trumpet.

What’s your favorite type of food? I like Mediterranean food—grilled fish—and I'm addicted to chocolate.

What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader? A hard copy of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.

Do you speak any other languages? Hebrew is my mother tongue. I speak a little German, too.

Do you follow any blogs? No.

Do you have any hobbies? I love nature, hiking, mountain biking, and scuba diving. 

Do you have a favorite movie? Midnight Run with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin.

Is there a piece of music that isn’t in the standard orchestral repertoire that should be? I can think of two pieces I've played in my career that although are difficult for the orchestra should be played more: John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary and Quickening by James MacMillan.

What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or download? Al Hirt’s Honey in the Horn (download). I grew up listening to this outstanding trumpet player on my parents’ stereo. 

What’s on your iPod? Lots of light happy music … Ben Folds Five, the Beach Boys, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Sting, John Mayer, Astor Piazzolla, Israeli pop songs, Brazilian music, and more.

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? I (consciously at least) heard The Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time on my first rehearsal in September of 1995 … I still can't believe my ears.

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Carnegie Hall of course.

Photo by Linnea Lenkus