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Michael Klinghoffer is the author of “Mr. Karr, Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double

Bass?” a book devoted to the technique and philosophy of his mentor, Maestro Gary Karr.

His repertoire ranges from Israeli music (much of it composed for him) to his own transcriptions that have been published and recorded on three compact disks.


Michael is the conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra at JAMD, a young orchestra, dedicated to bring music to communities that would not have it otherwise and to playing new works and creative projects alongside the standard symphonic repertoire.

Michael cherishes the things in life that he can not assign a number to, such as values, meaning, creativity and watching the sunrise from his garden.

As a teacher he believes that teaching is an ART and that the most important role of a teacher is to CONFUSE his students.


Michael loves reading, (he only reads book that he has read before...), and he is a great chess partner (he always looses). He is addicted to running, chocolate and espresso.

Michael is married to Varda (for the past 30 years), and they are the proud parents of Allon, Nurit and Yuval. Other members of the family are two cats and one dog.

Along with his academic commitments and performing engagements, Michael devotes much time and energy to working with young people of diverse backgrounds all over Israel and abroad.

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