Yaacov (Yaki) will be talking about his history with the Bloch family and some observations about Bloch’s music.
Born in Israel, Yaacov Bergman’s early musical training began with violin and vocal studies, but he soon expressed an avid interest in composing and conducting. After graduation from the Rubin Academy of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, he completed post-graduate studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York. He pursued further conducting studies under the guidance of Charles Bruck, a disciple of Pierre Monteux, as well as private study under Leonard Bernstein.
Maestro Bergman is also Music Director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony. Maestro Bergman guest conducted with the New Russia Philharmonic, Belarus National Chamber Orchestra in Minsk, Osaka Symphonica, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, repeat appearances with the Lodz and Bydgoszcz Philharmonics in Poland, a debut performance with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, a third appearance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in New York and a concert tour with the Israel Sinfonietta and The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra.