Can you play me a memory?

Photo: Watanabe/Sony Classical

Photo: Watanabe/Sony Classical

Murray Perahia, one of the most sought-after pianists of our time, was recently appointed the president of the Jerusalem Music Center. During his current visit to Israel, he is holding daily master classes in Jerusalem and giving a charity recital featuring pieces by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv on April 26. The proceedings from the concert will be used to support young and gifted musicians. Continue reading

Changing Chekhov

Boris Eifman

Boris Eifman

‘Every reader and theater-goer has his own image of Chekhov’s literary heritage,” says internationally acclaimed Russian choreographer Boris Eifman. “This ocean of human passions, solitude, despair and unrequited loves. What attracted me to The Seagull was the problematic bits of life in art: the collision between the new and the old, the generation gap, the price of the success, etc. It turned out that everything that preoccupied Chekhov is still relevant for me,” says the choreographer over the phone from St. Petersburg. Continue reading

No orchestra man

Elias Faingersh © Target Studio

Elias Faingersh © Target Studio

Elias Faingersh, an internationally acclaimed Swedish musician of Russian/Jewish origin, smiles and says he is “the only trombone player who performs solo recitals in front of twenty thousand people.”

Faingersh, 40, is in Israel to give a concert at Hateiva, a tiny and prestigious Jaffa venue for contemporary and classical music. Continue reading

Found in translation

Roee Chen © Maxim Reider

Roee Chen © Maxim Reider

Despite the approximately one million native Russian speakers living in the country, few Israelis have bothered to learn the language in which much of the world’s great literature is written. But young Israeli intellectual Roee Chen, 27, took the time to study something new.
Though he began as a Hebrew poet and writer, he has morphed into a translator. He has converted into Hebrew pieces by Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms, by refined stylist Ivan Bunin, by Fyodor Dostoevsky and by classical Gulag short story writer Varlam Shalamov. And that’s in addition to more than 30 plays. Continue reading

Clowning Around in Tel Aviv

Polunin's Diabolo © Maxim Reider

Polunin's Diabolo © Maxim Reider


World-renowned Russian artist and clown Slava Polunin has collaborated with acclaimed British film director Terry Gilliam and an international team of performers to create a new show, “Diabolo”, whose world premiere takes place this week in Tel Aviv, March 2-14. The show promises to be whimsical, phantasmagorical, and avant-guard. Continue reading

The state of the opera

Daniel Oren * Photo: Maxim ReiderInternationally acclaimed Israeli conductor Daniel Oren is known for his special ability to slowly hypnotize an audience and to finally bring about a catharsis, or to mercilessly squeeze a tear from the crowd – depending on the score. He is back in town to lead Puccini’s Tosca in the revival of Hugo de Ana’s visually stunning multimedia production at the Israeli Opera. Continue reading