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Faculty

Distinguished Guest Faculty

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    Dmitri Bashkirov

    Russia/Spain

    August 5th - August 11th

    Professor at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Queen Sofia Superior School of Music in Madrid, and International Piano Foundation at Lake Como, Italy. Among today’s foremost pianists and pedagogues. Winner of Marguerite Long competition in Paris, he has performed with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, l’Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, among many others. Has given master classes the world over: at Salzburg Mozarteum, Gilmore and Verbier festivals, Paris Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, Mannes College. Adjudicated such competitions as the Richter in Moscow, Horowitz in Kiev, Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, Santander, Leeds, Minneapolis.


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    Emanuel Krasovsky

    Israel

    July 29th - August 16th

    Professor of Piano at Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University; starting the school-year 2018-9, also at Barenboim-Said Academy, Berlin. Born in Lithuania; studied with Mindru Katz, Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti, Aube Tzerko, and Ania Dorfmann. Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Juilliard School. Soloist with Israel Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Rizzi, Sidney Harth and others, as well as with other Israel’s orchestras. Recitals in USA, Europe, and Israel. Recorded on CD late piano sonatas by Schubert. Collaborated in concert with Isaac Stern, Natalia Gutman, Ileana Cotrubas, Vera Vaidman, among others. Took part in numerous international chamber-music festivals. Taught master-classes at Juilliard, New York International Keyobard Festival, Paris Conservatory, London Royal Academy of Music, Royal College, and Guildhall School, Queen Sofia School in Madrid, Berlin Universität der Künste, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin Academy, St. Petersburg Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Oberlin College, Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Copenhagen Royal Music Academy, Stockholm U. College of Music, Bologna, Vienna, Vilnius, Tbilisi Conservatories, Edward Aldwell Institute (Jerusalem) etc. Jury member at international competitions: Arthur Rubinstein, Leeds, Dublin, Iturbi (Valencia), Honens, Horowitz (Kiev), Maj Lind (Helsinki), Konzerteum (Greece), Tbilisi, Bremen, Takamatsu, Canberra, Pinerolo, Sennigalia, Cincinnati, and others.


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    Victor Derevianko

    Israel

    July 29th - August 16th

    Professor Emeritus of Israel Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University. Graduate of Gnessin Music Institute, Moscow; studied with Heinrich Neuhaus and Maria Yudina, with whom he recorded works by Bartok and Stravinsky for two pianos. Has given recitals throughout Europe and USA. As a member of Vidom Trio, recorded the entire trio, violin-piano, and cello-piano works by Brahms as well as the composer's sonatas for piano. Has taught master classes at Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, University of Maryland, Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Karlsruhe Hochschule in Germany and others.

    While on a sabbatical from Tel-Aviv Music Academy, served as Pro-Rector of Music Department at the Maimonides State Classical Academy in Moscow.

    His transcription for a chamber group of the Shostakovich Fifteenth Symphony was published by Sikorski and recorded with Gidon Kremer for DGG.


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    Alon Goldstein

    Israel/USA

    July 30th - August 5th

    Internationally celebrated Israeli representative of today's younger pianist generation. Has performed with the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago Dallas, Saint Louis, Houston, Baltimore and Vancouver Symphonies, Los-Angeles, London  and Israel Philharmonics and Radio France orchestra under Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Oundjian, Klaus Peter Flor, and Yoel Levi. Recitals at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Town Hall as well as the 92 street "Y", the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection and Strathmore Hall in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, as well as in London (Purcell room), Moscow (Kremlin), Tel Aviv (Museum) and Jerusalem (Symphony Hall). Also performed at the Gilmore, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Ravinia, Verbier and Ruhr Festivals. For two years was artist-in-residence at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation in Como Italy. Studied with Victor Derevianko and Arie Vardi in Israel and later with Leon Fleisher in the US. Served as Fleisher's assistant at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore - later held the Performance Fellow position at London's Guildhall School. Records for Naxos Concerti by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Trios by Dvorak with his Tempest Trio and later this year a solo CD of Scarlatti sonatas.

    Beginning September 2018, Alon is going to be the "Strandberg Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City".


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    Aquiles Delle Vigne

    Argentina/Belgium

    July 31st - August 8th

    Professor of Piano, Rotterdam Conservatory; professor, Mozarteum in Salzburg; visiting professor, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Regular master classes at Juilliard, Manhattan Schools, and Mannes College in New York, Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories, Toho University in Tokyo, München, Karlsruhe and Hamburg Schools, in Sydney, Melbourne, Seoul, Osaka, Bangkok, Indiana, Baltimore.

    His pupils won over 100 international competition prizes. His voluminous discography is under EMI His Master's Voice, BASF Harmonia Mundi, BMG-RCA Victor, Pavane, and EMS labels. Currently engaged in recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. Extensive concert appearances throughout Europe, twenty tours of Japan, eight of Australia, performances in USA and Mexico.

    Has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Hager, Alberto Lysy, Vladimir Kim, Lee Dong-Ho, Ferdinand Terbi, among many others. Adjudicated Sydney, Pretoria, Cincinnati, Warsaw, Turin, Paris, Tbilisi competitions. Studied with Claudio Arrau, Eduardo del Pueyo, and György Cziffra.

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    Alexander Mndoyants

    Russia

    August 7th - August 16th

    Professor at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and Central Music School, Moscow. Prizewinner, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1978. Performs extensively in Russia and abroad - as soloist with orchestras, recitalist and in chamber ensembles. His professional mastery, pianistic skills and sense of ensemble have been befittingly appraised by such well-known conductors as V. Gergiev V. Jordaniya, D. Kakhidze, F. Mansurov. Recorded several discs. Taught master classes in France, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Finland, Israel and Portugal. Among his pupils are over 30 laureates of different international and national competitions. He repeatedly was jury member and chairman of various international and national competitions. He cooperates with publishing house "Muzika” as an editor. Born in Erevan; graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where studied with Bella Davidovich; postgraduate work at the Gnessin Institute under Alexander Yokheles. 


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    Wang Xiaohan

    China

    July 29th - August 16th

    Professor, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; one of the country’s leading pianists. A prizewinner in ARD Competition in Munich, the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, and the Beethoven in Bonn, he appeared with major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic. Was heard in important international festivals and collaborated with the Jerusalem and Takács quartets. Also active as conductor and composer; his The Inspiration of Painting was selected as the compulsory work for the 2007 Beethoven International Competition in Bonn. Has recorded for Naxos and Bravo Artists (Austria). Served artistic director of the first Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition in Beijing. He is the founder of the Los Angeles International Piano Seminar (USA).


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    Yoni Farhi

    Israel

    July 29th - August 16th

    Pianist and conductor Yoni Farhi has served as assistant to the music director of Haifa Symphony Orchestra (2006-2013). Faculty member, the Levinsky College master degree program and Rimon School of Jazz and contemporary music (Condcuting and composition department). Winner of the 2006 Gina Bachauer Award of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation; has performed as piano soloist and conductor with Haifa Symphony, Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, Ra'anana Symphonette, Tel-Aviv Soloists' Ensemble, Israel sinfonietta beer-sheva . Appeared in Britain, Germany, Austria, Poland and Belgium. Studied piano with Hadassa Biribis, Emanuel Krasovsky and Pnina Salzman, composition with Sergiu Natra. Yoni studied conducting with Noam Sheriff and between 2011-2013 under the guidance of Daniel Barenboim at Berlin Stattsoper. Master of Music degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. Music Producer to Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes since 2002.


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    Tomer Lev

    Israel

    August 7th - August 16th

    Professor of piano, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University; director of the School.
    Appears frequently as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, and lecturer. 
    Has been heard in concerts on four continents, in such festivals as Tanglewood, Norfolk, San-Isidro in Madrid, Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer, Israel Festival and others.
    Recorded for radio and TV in USA, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Israel and Eastern Europe. 
    Has performed with all the orchestras in Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta. In 2006, joined the Israel Piano Trio, one of the country’s leading chamber ensembles. Born in Israel, he studied with Naomi Lev, Victor Derevianko and Arie Vardi, then in USA with Gilbert Kalish. Holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook.


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    Tatiana Zelikman

    Russia

    August 7th - August 16th

    Professor of piano, the Gnessin Academy of Music, Moscow, and the Special Gnessin School of Music (for more than 40 years); one of the leading piano pedagogues in Russia today. A student of Prof. Theodor Gutman (himself a student of Heinrich Neuhaus), she produced an array of internationally acclaimed piano virtuosos: Alexander Kobrin (winner, the Van Cliburn competition), Konstantin Shamray (winner, the Sydney competition), Konstantin Lifshitz, Katia Skanavi, Mikhail Mordvinov, Ivan Rudin, Elena Rozanova, Daniil Trifonov, and others. In high demand as a master-class teacher in Russia and abroad – Kuhmo (Finland), Colmar (France), Portogruaro and Asolo (Italy) festivals as well as conservatories in Holland, Ireland, USA, Austria, and Japan. Has served on juries of numerous international competitions.


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    Aviram Reichert

    Israel/S. Korea

    August 6th - August 16th

    Professor of Piano, Seoul National University College of Music. Master-classes in Japan, Korea, South Africa, Israel, USA. 
    Prizewinner in numerous international competitions, including Bronze medal at the 10th Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth. Performed with such conductors as Sergiu Commissiona, James Conlon, James De Priest, David Lockington, Leon Botstein, Emmanuel Krivine, Michele Carulli, among others.
    Was heard in recital throughout USA, Europe, Far East, South Africa, and Israel.
    Among festivals he took part in: the Ruhr, Epinal, Ravinia, Gilmore, Fontana, Tokyo. 
    Was heard in chamber music with Anne Akiko Meyers, Yuri Gandelsman, Guy Braunstein, Dylana Jenson, Philippe Quindt, and others.
    Started his piano studies with Hadassah Ben Haim; later worked with Arie Vardi at Tel Aviv University Academy of Music. 


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    Asaf Zohar

    Israel

    August 7th - August 16th

    Chair, piano faculty, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University.  Formerly dean, performing arts faculty, and piano department chair, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Graduated from Givatayim Conservatory, Rubin Music Academy at Tel-Aviv University, and Indiana University (Doctor of Musical Arts degree). Studied with Hanna Shalgi, Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Leonard Hokanson, and Michel Block. Prizewinner, Casadesus competition in Cleveland and contests in Vienna, Sydney and Pretoria. Has performed with Israel’s leading orchestras, including Israel Philharmonic, under Zubin Mehta, David Robertson, Urs Schneider, Mendi Rodan, Noam Sheriff, David Shallon, and others. Concertized in Austria, Germany, France, England, Spain, Italy, Russia, Georgia, USA, South Africa, Australia, and Japan. Edited, presented, and performed in concert series, featuring collected sonatas by Beethoven, concertos by Mozart, piano works by Chopin, Brahms, Schumann and other composers.


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    Hyoung-Joon Chang

    S. Korea

    July 29th - August 4th

    Professor of Piano, Seoul National University. Has performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of Russia,  Czech National Symphony, among other orchestras, under the baton of Thomas Sanderling, Walter Hendl, Tadaaki Otaka, Paul Freeman, Ian Hobson. Recitals on international stages in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, and Korea. Recorded for Pro Arte, Genuin, and Warner Music labels.Taught master classes at leading schools, such as Manhattan, Eastman, Colburn Schools, Shanghai, Beijing and Sichuan Conservatories, Royal College in London, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Jury member in leading international piano competitions: Cleveland, Dublin, Seoul, Epinal, Shanghai, Astana, Dresden, Kiev, Tromso (“The Top of the World”). Numerous of his students won major and special prizes.

    Earned his doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of Earl Wild and Constance Keene.


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    Oxana Yablonskaya

    Russia/USA/Israel

    July 29th - August 4th

    Professor of Piano, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Mme Yablonskaya formerly taught at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and, after emigrating to USA, at the Juilliard School in New York (for more than a quarter of century). In addition, she has been guiding outstanding young artists in festivals and master-classes the world over.  Prize-winner at Vienna Beethoven Competition,  Rio de Janeiro Piano Competition, and the Long-Thibaud competition in Paris; in constant demand as a juror by world’s leading competitions – Leeds, Hamamatsu, Liszt Competition in Netherlands, Prokofiev in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, and others.  Recipient of Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society in Budapest for the recording of music by Liszt and Schubert-Liszt, her performances are featured on Melodiya, Connoisseur Society, Naxos, Bel Air, Pro Piano labels. Studied at the Moscow Central Music School with Annaida Sumbatian and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Alexander Goldenweiser, Dmitri Bashkirov and Tatiana Nikolaeva.

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    Yaron Rosenthal

    Israel

    August 7th - August 16th

    Head, Keyboard Faculty, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Member, with Ro’i Shiloah and Ariel Tushinsky, of the internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Trio. Has been heard with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, National Orchestra of RAI, Turin, Calgary Philharmonic, Santiago de Chile Philharmonic, the Camerata Virtuosi of New York, and other orchestras. Has given recitals and participated in chamber-music concerts in Israel, Europe, North and South America, Australia, and South Africa. Among his professional awards: the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood, Italian Government Award for the Arts, and special fellowship from Banff Center, Canada. Taught master classes at the F. Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Jerusalem Music Center, and Sidney Conservatory. Studied with Benjamin Oren and Pnina Salzman in Israel and with Murray Perahia in London.


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    Pavlina Dokovska

    Bulgaria/USA

    July 29th - August 7th

    Chair, Piano Department, the Mannes College, New School for Music, New York; founder and artistic director of Mannes Festivals and Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts. First prizes at Claude Debussy Competition in France and  International Competition in Sennigalia, Italy. Among the orchestras appeared as soloist with: Dresden Philharmonic, Berlin Radio, Luxembourg Radio Symphony, Bratislava Symphony, Wroclaw Symphony, Havana Symphony, UNAM Orchestra (Mexico), St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, etc. Was heard on the important stages of the musical world: Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall in New York, the National Gallery in Weashington,  Gardner Museum (Boston), Wigmore Hall (London), Salle Gaveau (Paris), La Scala (Milan), Beijing National Center for Performing Arts, Natinal Opera Hall in Taipei, and others. Took part in such festvals as  Salzburg, Spoleto, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Prague Autumn, Sofia Musical Weeks (Bulgaria), among others. Collaborated with the legendary Bulgarian basso Nicolai Ghiaurov, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, violinist Robert McDuffy. Studied with Lydia Kuteva and Julia and Konstantin Ganev in Bulgaria; with Yvonne Lefébure in Paris; and Beveridge Webster at the Juilliard School, New York.


Piano Duo Faculty

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    Tami Kanazawa & Yuval Admony

    Japan-Israel

    July 29th - August 16th

    The Piano Duo of Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admony has been awarded The First Prize in five international competitions: 2008 Oslo Prize in Grieg Competition, 2005 Menuhin Gold Prize in Osaka International Competition, 2002 Ibla Grand Prize in Italy, 2001 Rome Prize, and the 2000 Tokyo Duo Competition. They taught piano-duo master classes in The Norwegian Academy of Music, Korean National University of Arts, Pacific Rim Festival in Canada, for Japan National Piano Teachers Association, and from October 2011 are teaching Piano Duos at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. The duo appeared in over 20 countries in prestigious halls, including Carnegie Hall, Argentina Theatre in Rome, Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall, Warsaw National Radio, and others. International festivals include The Budapest Spring Festival, Klavierduo Festival in Germany, Odessa Dialogues in Ukraine, Asian Music Festival, Oslo Grieg Festival, Felicja Blumental, Upper Galilee, and Israel Festival here. Broadcasts by BBC in London, CBC in Canada, Tokyo FM, NHK in Japan, BNR in Bulgaria, Budapest National Radio, Radio New Zealand, Israel's "Voice of Music". Performed with Israel's leading orchestras. Their Symphonic Poems by Liszt on Naxos label was acclaimed in Fanfare and International Piano magazines. Duo's other releases, include Rhapsodies for Two Pianos, issued by Romeo Records.

    Tami Kanazawa & Yuval Admony, web site


The Art-Song Workshop

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    Ido Ariel

    Israel

    The Israeli pianist Dr. Ido Ariel is an accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and a lecturer, one of the leading figures in the field of Art-Song in Israel. Since 2013 Ido is the head of the vocal department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Since 2012 he is the director of "Shira-Shir" concert series, dedicated to the classical as well as the Israeli art-song in collaboration with prominent Israeli singers. Ido has accompanied many acclaimed singers in Israel and abroad; he has directed "Singing Words" concert series at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and has artistically advised to related concert-series. A former member of the musical staff at the New Israeli Opera. His activity as lecturer includes master-classes in Europe, the US and Israel. 

    Ido has won many prizes and awards during his studies in Beer-Sheva Conservatory, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Royal College of Music, London, where he won the Director's award for his research and performance of the songs of Arnold Schoenberg.


Chamber Music Workshop

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    Vera Vaidman

    Israel

    Her performance of the complete works of Bach for unaccompanied bowed instruments (the cello suites, on viola) in New York in March 2018 hailed as a "colossal achievement" by New York Concert Review, Vera Vaidman is among Israel's foremost violinists, violists and chamber-music players. Has performed as a soloist with all Israel's orchestras, conducted by Zubin Mehta, Gerard Schwarz, Andre Kostelanetz, Rudolf Barshai, Sidney Harth, Lucas Foss and others. Participated in the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, where she performed and recorded with Rudolf Serkin, Andras Schiff, Philipp Naegele and Felix Galimir among others; the Esbjerg Chamber Music Festival in Denmark; the Gotland Festival in Sweden; Kfar Blum Festival in Israel.

    Served as leader and soloist of the conductorless Ramat Hasharon Camerata Women's String Orchestra as well as the first violinist of the Gertler String Quartet, Tel Aviv. A graduate of Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where studied with Boris Belenky and David Oistrakh.

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    Diana Cahanescu

    Italy/Israel

    Principal cellist, Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanin di Parma, Italy, with which performed as soloist on numerous occasions. Graduate, "George Enescu” music high school in Bucharest and the Music Academy, Tel Aviv University, where studied with Uzi Wiesel and Emanuel Gruber. Further studies with Radu Aldulescu at the Yehudi Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. Master classes with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and David Geringas. A founding member – with Mihaela Costea and Victor Derevianko – of the Renaissance Trio, she took part in chamber -music concerts in Italy, France, USA, Slovakia, Japan, and Russia.


J.S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Workshop

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    Alexander Gorin

    Israel

    July 31st - August 2nd

    Professor of Organ, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. Appears regularly in concerts in Israel, Europe, South America and Far East. Performed in festivals such as Prague Spring, Helsinki Organ Summer, as well as in Montevideo, Vilnius, Tallinn and others. Performed as guest organist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel, Europe, South America and Far East. Recorded with IPO under Zubin Mehta the Saint-Saens Third (Organ) Symphony. Taught master classes and gave lectures at Shanghai Normal University; Ewha University, Seoul; Azerbaijan Music Academy, Baku; Silpakorn University, Bangkok; National Academy of Music, Sofia; Academy of Music, Minsk. Graduated from the Azerbaijan Music Academy in Baku, majoring in organ and piano.


Jazz Workshop

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    Shlomi Goldenberg

    Israel

    August 3rd - August 5th

    Composer, saxophonist, lecturer at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.

    After a recent appearance in Rome on April 19th, 20th 2018, and hosting the Milan Svoboda Quartet from Prague on April 25th on the International Jazz Day at his "Jazz Alley" club in Old Jaffa, Goldenberg  performed his Funky Eclectic Jazz music in Moscow's Composers Club in June  with Pianist Igor Nadejdin quartet. Will be organizing the Jazz at the White Night in Tel Aviv. Performing overseas and in Israel with his Eclectico group, composing music, lecturing on the history of Jazz and organizing concerts at the Jazz at The Boulevard Ben Gurion festival are just part of Dr. Goldenberg's busy schedule. In 2016 received his Ph.D. from the Bar Ilan University, Israel. Goldenberg's music mixes Soul with Haunting Pentatonic melodies, in the Coltrane tradition, and uses African rhythms fused with classical forms and counterpoint in the Bach and Stravinsky traditions.