Obituary: Composer & Conductor Arieh Levanon Passes at 91

By David Salazar

Israeli composer and conductor Arieh Levanon has passed away. He was 91.

Born in Romania, he immigrated to Israel in 1951 where he was a graduate of the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. He then went on to study in Italy and started composing music for film and theaters. Among the films that he composed for was the 1961 feature “I Like Mike,” which competed in the Cannes Film Festival that year.

He was the three-time winner of the Nissimov Prize for choral music and became a major conductor in Israel, becoming conductor-in-residence of the Israeli Opera between 1972-82.

In 2014 he was awarded with the ACUM Prize for his contributions to the development of Israeli Music.