Collected forces

Yaron Gottfried * Phot Israel Malovani

Yaron Gottfried * Phot Israel Malovani

As this musical season draws to a close, the phrase “going out with a bang” seems apt.
“For our closing concert, together with my colleague and friend Doron Salomon [the artistic director of the Beersheba Sinfonietta], we decided to treat our audiences to monumental pieces that demand a larger orchestra. We’ve done it in the past and plan to repeat it next season,” says the artistic director of the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Yaron Gottfried. Continue reading

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Let the music shine

David Helfgott

David Helfgott

Australian pianist David Helfgott, the prototype for the central character in the film Shine, will arrive in Israel for the first time for two recitals, beginning this weekend.

Born in Melbourne in 1947 to Polish Jewish parents, Helfgott has played piano since he was five. As a child prodigy, he won several local music contests, and at the age of 19 continued his music studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Continue reading

Why the piano sings

Sharon Rostorf-Zamir

Sharon Rostorf-Zamir

‘If I hadn’t become a pianist, I would have become a singer,” says internationally acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler. He will present a “Recital with Variations” program – featuring pieces by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schumann – on June 13 at the intimate Einav Center in Tel Aviv, which boasts excellent acoustics. Continue reading

He just can’t get enough of Schubert

Daniel Gortler * Photo: Eitan Tal

Daniel Gortler * Photo: Eitan Tal

‘I believe that every decent composer deserves a festival,” smiles Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler. “And above all – Schubert.”

This week, he appears in every concert of the Schubertiada – a mini-festival of Franz Schubert’s music, which is taking place in various locales throughout the country; it began January 31 and runs through February 9. Continue reading

Life was a cabaret

Pianist Ofer Shelley, violinist Tanya Beltser and cellist Marina Kats

Pianist Ofer Shelley, violinist Tanya Beltser and cellist Marina Kats

Whether it is seen as a concert or a show, The Jewish Cabaret is going to draw curious audiences.

The Atar Piano Trio, together with singers Yeela Avital and Odelia Dahan, will perform the program at Beit Avi Hai in Jerusalem on June 8. The program features chamber music and cabaret songs from 1920s and 1930s Europe by Kurt Weill, Joseph Achron, Arnold Schoenberg, Itzik Manger, Robert Kahn, Ernest Bloch and others, as well as popular Yiddish songs and original arrangements of Jewish folk music. Continue reading