Shmuel Zemach, the founder of concert promoter Zemach Productions, which has put on shows with acts including Frank Sinatra, Elton John and Guns N’Roses, has died.
Zemach, who was also president of the Israeli concert promoters’ association, died on 15 October. He was 85.
Having promoted events from an early age, Zemach spent time in the US making contacts with agents and artistes. On his return to Israel in 1967 he began bringing a host of international artistes to the country, many for the first time, including Leonard Cohen, Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Metallica and the Scorpions. He ran Zemach Productions with his son Yoav and worked closely with German promoter Marek Lieberberg and the UK’s Harvey Goldsmith.
“He was a pioneer in the Israeli market and opened it up to artistes,” Yoav tells Audience.
“He was a unique and charismatic person and has left a very big legacy.”
Zemach is survived by his wife Brachi, children Yoav, Tali and Hila, and 10 grandchildren.