Supporting Artists

Gala Concert

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Antonii Baryshevskyi, Piano

Antonii Baryshevskyi was born in Ukraine, 1988 and began playing the piano at age 7. He completed his studies at the Kiev School of Music, and when only 16 won the Ukrainian program “Man of the Year, 2005”. He went on to study with Valerii Kozlov at the Ukraine National Music Academy, and Marian Rybicki at the Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris. He won second prize in the 2011 Busoni Competition, first prize in the International Competition Premio Jaén, 2009, second prize in the International Competition for young Pianists in memory of Vladimir Horowitz and first prize in the Arthur Rubinstein Competition Israel, 2014. Baryshevskyi appears in recitals and orchestral concerts in Europe, the USA and Korea including Munich Radio Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Ukraine Philharmonic and many others, with wellknown conductors. Baryshevskyi has participated in celebrated festivals: Seoul, Chautauqua, Copenhagen, Eisenbach, Lugano, Ruhr and Bolzano. He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin,  oncertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg. Antonii has recorded CDs for several companies including “Naxos”, and radio and television programs in Italy, Denmark, Spain, Ukraine and Serbia. 

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Suah Ye, Piano

Suah won first prize at the 1st Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition in Beijing, China 2016. Suah was born in South Korea in 2000 and graduated from Yewon Middle School as valedictorian. She studies piano with Professor Soo Jung Shin. She also won the 1st prize at the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and recently she won the Pnina Salzman award at Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes. Suah has also won first prizes at national competitions: Korea Chopin, the National Teenager Piano, the Eum-Youn National Music, Yewon National, Suri National, Asia International  Piano Academy Festival, and Grand Prize at the Han-kook Ilbo Junior National. Following her debut recital under the sponsorship of the Kumho Asiana Foundation at the age of 9, she performed throughout Korea as a soloist, with orchestras and in recitals. She has appeared on Korean Broadcast TV and Radio. 

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Elizaveta Kliuchereva, Piano

Elizaveta won second prize at the 1st Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition in Beijing, China, 2016. Elizaveta began studying music at the age of 6 with Manana Kandelaki at the Central Music School, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Her present teacher is Maxim Zheleznov. Elizaveta has won many prizes at competitions: Scriabin International in Paris, the Villuan International in Nizhniy Novgorod, the “Music Without Limits” in Lithuania, the Young Pianists in Newcastle, England, the “Villahermosa” in Mexico, the Radio Competition “Concertino Praga” in Moscow, the International Tchaikovsky for Young Musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia. Elizaveta has performed with many orchestras such as: the Ukrainian Kharkiv Philharmonic; the Central Music School at Moscow Conservatory; the Hilton Head Symphony, South Carolina; the National Philharmonicof Russia: the State Academic Symphony “Evgeny Svetlanov” at the Moscow Conservatory; St. Petersburg State Symphony, and the Prague Radio Symphony.   

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David Khrikuli, Piano

David won third prize at the 1st Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition in Beijing, China 2016. David was born in 2001 in Georgia, and began playing the piano at age of 8. He has won many prizes: first prize and prize as the best performer at the 5th International Competition of Young Pianists in Tbilisi; Grand Prize at the Festival-Competition of Georgia; first prize at the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands; first prize at the International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Aarhus, Denmark and Grand Prix at the Nodar Gabunia, Georgia; and the Moscow “Nutcracker” International Competition. David has a broad repertoire for solo, concerti and chamber music. He has performed in Georgia, Moscow, Austria, Denmark, Paris, Hamburg, Berlin and Switzerland. He has also played at summer festivals in Tbilisi and Germany and in the Beethoven Festival in Jerusalem.   

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Yaron Gottfried, Conductor

Yaron Gottfried is a conductor, composer and pianist - a multidisciplinary musician who bridges classical, contemporary and jazz music. He held the position of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Netanya-Kibbutz Orchestra during 2002- 2013. He graduated the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, under Maestro Mendi Rodan. In 2014 he was awarded the “Israeli Prime Minister’s Award for Composers”. Gottfried is a frequent guest at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and he is regularly invited to conduct major orchestras worldwide such as: WDR Funkhausorchester, Maggio Musicale Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Symphony, Tbilisi Symphony ,Thüringen Symphony, Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra Debrecen, New Chamber Orchestra and Chorus of Potsdam, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Israel Symphony Rishon Le Zion, Jerusalem Symphony, Camerata Jerusalem, Raanana Symphonette, Beer-Sheva Sinfonietta among others. His works are published by SIKORSKI Music Publishing. Gottfried is head of the Composition and Conducting Department at “Rimon School for Contemporary music and Jazz”.

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The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO)

The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) was founded in 1988. A year later it became the resident orchestra of The Israeli Opera. As such, the ISO participates in the Opera’s open-air performances, at the Masada Festival. The Orchestra offers subscription series and special concerts for families, seniors and youth. It has toured Europe as an opera orchestra and as a symphony orchestra. In 2014, the Orchestra toured China under the baton of James Judd. The concert halls in Qingdao, Beijing and Shanghai were packed. In 2008, at the start of its 20th season, the Orchestra embarked on a successful tour in Argentina and Brazil. In 2014, Judd was appointed Music Director and Chief Conductor, replacing Dan Ettinger, who held the position for 7 years. Ettinger is now Chief Guest Conductor. The ISO has toured Europe, China and South America, performing at the most prestigious festivals and concert halls, receiving great acclaim. The ISO records for both radio and TV, and has released a series of CDs including premieres of Israeli works.

Chamber Music

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Sergey Ostrovsky, Violin

Sergey Ostrovsky, born in Russia, began playing the violin at the age of 6, inspired by his father, pianist Valery Ostrovsky. He made his first public appearance at the age of 8 and his first performance with a symphony orchestra at the age of 13. He continued his studies at the Gorky Conservatory. In 1991, after immigrating to Israel, he furthered his studies with Prof. Yair Kless and Irina Svetlova at the Rubin Academy Tel Aviv. Sergey has played solo with famous international orchestras under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Yoel Levi, Hugh Wolff, Bernard Guller, Uriel Segal, Maxim Vengerov and others. Ostrovsky was a founding member of the Aviv String Quartet, which won top prizes at international competitions; he was first concertmaster of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva and is today Violin Professor at HEM, the Geneva University of Music. Ostrovsky plays a Giovanni Grancino violin (1716), which was purchased with the generous support of Mr. James Mayer and “Zefunot Culture”.

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Gilad Karni, Viola

Karni has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and teacher worldwide. He has performed at many of the world’s great festivals, including the Newport Music Festival, the Rolandseck Chamber Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Festival, Båstad (Sweden) and Lapland Festivals, Davos Music Festival, Aspen and Bellingham. Gilad won First Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and Third Prize at the ARD Munich International Music Competition. In 1992, Gilad joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and was its youngest member. He was a founding member of the Huberman Quartet and performed as a guest violist with the Jerusalem Quartet and world famous pianist Menachem Pressler at the Concertgebouw and with clarinetist Paul Meyer in Paris. Karni is currently Principal Violist of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, as well as Professor for Viola at Lucerne Academy and Professor for Viola & Chamber Music at Claudius University in Switzerland. He was Principal Violist at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin and th  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

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Hillel Zori, Cello

Hillel Zori won the gold medal at the 1986 Maria Canals Competition, and prizes at the Rostropovich, Whitaker USA, Geneva, Stradivarius in Cremona, Shapira and Jackson awards in Tanglewood. He won the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship; studied with Uzi Wiesel at the Tel-Aviv Academy of Music, graduating with honors; and with Bernard Greenhouse in the USA. In 2008 Zubin Mehta invited him to perform Bruch's Kol Nidrei at the UN General Assembly, New York on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Zori has composed a virtuoso suite for cello and orchestra on themes from Carmen, a Fantasy for Voice, a String Trio, and 'Carmel' - songs for voice and chamber ensemble. He teaches chamber and orchestral music at the Jerusalem Music Center and is a professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. Hillel's CD anthology 'Inspirales' was chosen as the BBC’s “Disc of the Week”.   

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Avner Biron, Conductor

Avner Biron is the founder, Music Director and Permanent Conductor of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem. He has conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva and orchestras throughout the world. He was Music Director of several festivals, including Abu Gosh and the Music and Nature Festival in the Galilee. During 1994-2005 he was head of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he established the department of Arabic Music, the department for Multidisciplinary Music and the Academy Chamber Orchestra. He was a member of the Standing Committee of the organization of Academic Institutions for Music in Europe (AEC). Biron began his musical career as a flutist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and as a solo flutist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He studied biology at the Jerusalem Hebrew University and conducting in Vienna and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He has also been active as a solo flutist and a flute teacher. In 2005 he was awarded the Minister of Education Prize.

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The Israel Camerata Jerusalem

The Camerata was founded in 1985 by Avner Biron. It performs extensively in Israel and abroad, including subscribers’ series, festival appearances, special concerts and educational projects. The Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary music. In addition to the traditional repertoire, the Orchestra is involved in performances of unknown and newly discovered music of different periods, as well as premieres of contemporary works, Israeli music and works written especially for Avner Biron and the Camerata. The Camerata has successfully performed in Europe, the USA and the Far East, at major venues in Amsterdam, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Bonn, Paris, New York, Washington, Los Angles, Chicago, Alaska, Beijing and Shanghai, among others. Its performances and recordings conducted by Avner Biron have been highly praised by music critics and audiences alike.

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Omer Meir Wellber, Conductor

Omer Wellber, born in Israel, is internationally recognized as an exceptional talent. Recently he has appeared with the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester and RAI Torino. He is a regular guest conductor at the Israeli Opera, Semperoper Dresden and Bavarian State Opera. Since 2009, he has been Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette. Wellber opened 2016/17 with a new production of Strauss’ Salome at the Semperoper Dresden. In February 2017 he published his first book, together with German author and journalist Inge Kloepfer – “Fear, Risk and Love – Moments with Mozart”. When the Israel Philharmonic appeared at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele in 2016, Wellber conducted all three concerts. During 2008-2010 he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Berliner Staatsoper and La Scala in Milan, and in 2010-2014 he was Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia.

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The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and the inaugural concert, in 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The IPO plays in subscription series, special annotated Youth Concert Series, concerts as part of the “Arts for the People” project throughout Israel, and special concerts for IDF soldiers. The IPO annually tours the world’s cultural centres and its prestigious festivals. Israel’s creative artists are promoted by many IPO premieres of their works. The IPO also contributes to the absorption of new immigrants and includes in its ranks many new immigrant musicians. The Orchestra has hosted most of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists, and it also does much to develop Israeli artists and young talents from Israel and abroad. In 1968 Maestro Zubin Mehta was appointed Music Advisor to the IPO and in 1977 he became its Music Director. Leonard Bernstein was named IPO Laureate Conductor in 1988, in 1992 Kurt Masur was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor and since the 2012-13 season Gianandrea Noseda has been Principal Guest Conductor.