Musician and magician

Astrith Baltsan’s blend of music, history, family and Zionism connects with audiences worldwide.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
May 5, 2016 12:36
Astrith Baltsan

Astrith Baltsan and her son Itamar Zorman at his Juilliard graduation. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Astrith Baltsan is a concert pianist, has a PhD in musicology, and is a scholar and lecturer, whose specialty is communicating the sources and stories of “Hatikva,” the national anthem of Israel to audiences in Israel and around the world.

“I am also a ‘magician,’” she says with a brilliant smile. “My job is to bring music to life.”

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