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Paul Ben-haim (1897-1984)

Born Paul Frankenber­ger in Munich, Ben-haim studied at the city’s Academy of Arts. Before fully embracing a career as a composer, he conducted opera at Augsburg and was assistant conductor to Bruno Walter at Munich Opera. Emigrating to Palestine in 1933 and changing his name, Ben-haim began a creative path that would see him at the forefront of Israeli music-making, bringing together Western and Middle-eastern musical sensibilit­ies in his music. A committed teacher as well as composer, Benhaim was a professor at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Conservato­ries.

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