Assaf Leibowitz is holding the position of Assistant Principal Clarinet in the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra. Assaf Leibowitz studied with Richard Lesser, principal clarinet of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra, then moved to Paris to study with Michel Arrignon, Richard Vieille and Florent Heau, where he was awarded first prize and ‘medaille d’or’.
Leibowitz also won the first prize in clarinet and chamber music at the Tel Aviv music academy in Israel. Leibowitz has played with many of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians, such as Maestro Daniel Barenboim, Maestro Zubin Mehta, Maestro Valery Gergeiev, Yo Yo Ma and Barbara Hendrix.
In 2007, he performed with the Orchestre National de France under the baton of Jaap von Zweden. In addition, Leibowitz has appeared as soloist with several fine orchestras.
In 2001 he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra for Peace at the Hotel De Ville de Paris for an audience of 1500 people which included the mayor of Paris and many world ambassadors. Leibowitz has also performed as a soloist with the Young Israel Philharmonic and Orchestra 2021.
In 2002 Leibowitz began his formal studies in orchestral conducting, entering Adrian McDonnel’s class and winning 1st prize at the competition for the completion of his first year. For his second year, he was admitted to the orchestral conducting program at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
In 2007 Leibowitz was nominated Assistant to musical director of the Orchestra for Peace Nader Abbassi, and conducted the orchestra during its 2008 tour in France.
In 2009 Leibowitz was nominated musical director and principal conductor of the Chamber Orchestre of Provins. Leibowitz also dedicates his time for teaching. He has held the postion of Clarinet teacher at the Conservatory of Provins. Currently principal clarinettist of the Orchestra for Peace, Leibowitz is also the clarinettist of the ensemble Aramea, composed of internationally renowned soloists.
Former experience includes principal clarinet in the International Symphony Orchestra musically directed by Lorin Maazel, and the young Israel Philharmonic orchestra between 1994 and 1999, the year of his arrival in France. Leibowitz has completed his prestigious Diplome d’Etat for teaching music in the Cefedem of Ile de France, and devotes the remainder of his schedule to extensive chamber music performances throughout Europe and Israel. Assaf Leibowitz is playing Tosca Clarinet in B flat and Vintage Clarinet in A.