Israeli conductor, arranger and composer. Yitzhak Graziani was born in
In 1948, Graziani immigrated with his family to
After his release, he kept his connections with the IDF Orchestra, but also proceeded to conduct and direct many musical projects, among them: the Zadikof choir, which he conducted for 12 years, founding its children's choir, various theater productions (in Habimah, Hakameri, etc.), and entertainment productions (Hagashsash Hahiver, etc.); Israeli song festivals; the Israeli Opera; and more. In addition, Graziani took part in the establishment of the Kol Israel Light Orchestra, and was a member of the Council for Culture and Art, which provided consultation to the Minister of Education from 1970 to 1973.
In 1961, Graziani was appointed conductor of the IDF orchestra, a job he maintained until the end of his life. During this period he achieved a colonel rank (Aluf Mishneh). He participated in many important ceremonies and concerts, including conducting the orchestra during the signing of the peace agreements with
Graziani wrote over a thousand arrangements of Israeli songs, many of which were written to increase the Israeli music repertoire of the IDF orchestra. He also wrote music for several Israeli films, including "Moshe Vehaventilator" and "Ets o Palestin."
Yitzhak Graziani passed away in Tel Aviv in 2003.
Biography in IDF Archives (in Hebrew): http://idfarchives.bloger.co.il/84323/
Biography in Mooma (in Hebrew): http://mooma.mako.co.il/artist.asp?ArtistId=8003
Toeplitz, Uri, Yohanan Boehm, and Israela Stein. "Graziani, Yitzhak." Encyclopedia Judaica. (Written by Ofer Ronen)