Appearing on Main Stage

during Israeli Chamber Project, January 23, 2011

Musical Bridges is delighted to introduce San Antonio audiences to The Israeli Chamber Project, based both in New York and Israel. Together these fine young Israeli musicians perform both classic and rarely heard chamber masterworks side by side with new music by promising Israeli composers.

To increase the audience’s understanding and involvement, these musicians provide insights from the stage as part of each performance. They use the power of music to heal and to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries; reach out to underprivileged Israeli communities by providing masterclasses and lessons at remote locations; and leverage their collective talents to create powerful and meaningful chamber music experiences for concertgoers worldwide.

The Musicians

Israeli-Canadian violinist Daniel Bard began his musical studies in Haifa with Avigdor Zamir and, after moving to Toronto at age thirteen, continued them with David Zafer, Lorand Fenyves, Peter Oundjian, and David Takeno. He spent 6 years as a member of Canada’s Metro String Quartet, which collaborated with artists such as Menahem Pressler and Gilbert Kalish. In 2007, he co-founded Trio Mondrian, which garnered high praise for an interpretation of Brahms at the 2007 International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste, Italy. Mr. Bard has been a principal player in Sweden’s Camerata Nordica since 2003. He is also a member of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Seiler Strings in Toronto. Mr. Bard plays a 1631 Nicolo Amati violin generously on loan from Yehuda Zisapel.

One of the most sought-after violists in Europe today, Guy Ben-Ziony collaborates frequently as guest principal violist in orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Camerata Salzburg, Kremerata Baltica and the Camerata Nordica in Sweden. As a chamber musician he has taken part in many festivals including Lockenhaus, Davos, Dubrovnik, Ravinia, “Spannungen in Heimbach”, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Moritzburg, Prussia-Cove and Kronberg. He began his musical studies on the violin at age 9, changing to viola four years later, and completed his studies under Professor Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Professor Tatiana Masurenko in Leipzig. He is a member of the Waldstein Ensemble and currently holds a professorship in viola at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Musikhochschule in Leipzig.

Tibi Cziger—artistic director and founder of The Israeli Chamber Project—is the first clarinetist ever admitted to the Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School, from which he graduated in 2008. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.Mus. degree magna cum laude from the Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv. His teachers include Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Richard Lesser, and Itzhak Kazzap and he was guided by Emanuel Ax, Michael Tree, Robert Mann, and Hillel Zori among others. Mr. Cziger is a regular participant at Musique en Brionnais (France), and has also performed at the Tivoli Festival (Denmark), Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), the National Repertory Orchestra, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the West Eastern Divan Workshop under the baton of Daniel Barenboim in tours across Europe and the US. Solo appearances include concerti with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and Israel Young Philharmonic, where he was the principal clarinetist from 2000 through 2002. He is a co-founder of the Gropius Ensemble and has collaborated with the ACJW, Metropolis, Link, SEM, and Argento ensembles among others.

Pianist Yael Kareth is a student of Daniel Barenboim in Berlin as well as of Prof. Dimitri Bashkirov, having earned her Bachelor’s degree as a student of Tomer Lev at the Buchman-Mehta school of music at Tel Aviv University. Previously, she studied with Ms. Eva Armonn at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. As both a soloist and as a chamber musician, Ms. Kareth has participated regularly in many chamber music festivals including the Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival and Apple Hill Festival, and has performed extensively in Israel’s most important venues as soloist with the Israel Camerata, the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble, and the Buchman-Mehta school orchestra under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Avner Biron and others. Ms. Kareth completed her military service as a member of the “outstanding musicians unit” in the IDF Orchestra.

Cellist Michal Korman has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, the Tivoli Festival Orchestra (Denmark) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru. Ms. Korman has participated in the Marlboro and Yellow Barn music festivals and has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has also taken part in the West-Eastern-Divan festival directed by Daniel Barenboim and the Manchester International Cello Festival. Born in Jerusalem in 1983, Ms. Korman graduated from The Juilliard School, where she earned the prestigious Artist Diploma as a student of Joel Krosnick and completed her Master’s degree as a student of Timothy Eddy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, where she was a student of Hillel Zori. Prior to her academic studies, she studied with Uzi Wiesel and Sabena Frankenberg and graduated from the Rubin Academy High School of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.

Sivan Magen won first prize, as well as the Renie and Propes prizes, at the 16th International Harp Competition in Israel (2006), and as such is the first Israeli to have won this competition since it began in 1959. Aside from soloist activity, Mr. Magen has performed as chamber musician at Le Trianon and Salle Gaveau in Paris, recorded for Israeli Radio and Television, New York’s WQXR, and the French television channel Mezzo, and collaborated with artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Franklin Cohen, Carol Wincenc, Emmanuel Pahud and members of the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Magen has served as jurist for the first Netherlands International Harp Competition, the Lyon & Healy Awards, and as Head of the Jury of the 2007 National Harp Contest in Taiwan. He began harp studies with Irena Kaganovsky at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance. After finishing military service as an “Outstanding Musician” in 2001, Mr. Magen continued studies with Germaine Lorenzini in France. He then joined Isabelle Moretti’s harp class at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), from which he graduated in June 2005 with a “Premier Prix.” He holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Nancy Allen.

Pianist Assaff Weisman’s performances have taken him to some of the major venues in Europe and the Americas, including the Aspen Music Festival, Campos do Jordão (Brazil), Lima Chamber Music Festival (Peru), Rudolfinum (Prague), Beethovenhalle (Bonn), Philips Hall (The Hague), the Millennium Piano Festival (Spain), The Music Festival of the Hamptons, and Verbier (Switzerland). In New York City, Mr. Weisman can often be heard at Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church, and Rockefeller University. He graduated The Juilliard School, with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Herbert Stessin and now is a member of the Evening Division piano faculty. Prior to this, Mr. Weisman studied with Professor Victor Derevianko in Israel. Radio credits include WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” and “The Voice of Music” in Israel, as well as multiple appearances on WGBH radio in Boston, where he has recorded repertoire ranging from Bach to André Previn. His 2002 release of an all-Schubert recording for Yamaha’s “NYC Rising Star” series quickly became one of its best sellers.

Violinist Itamar Zorman recently made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Glen Roven, and his Lincoln Center debut with the Concertante Chamber Players earlier that season, in addition to appearing at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has appeared as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Ramat Gan Camerata, Hadera Orchestra, and the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and has been featured in numerous television and radio programs in Israel, Austria, Russia and the U.S., including WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase.” As a member of the Jerusalem Music Center’s “Young Musicians Group,” Mr. Zorman has participated in master classes with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Handel and Ivry Gitlis. Mr. Zorman has taken part in festivals at Keshet Eilon, The Young Artist Program at the National Center for the Arts in Canada, Weathersfield, The Heifetz International Music Institute, and Chautauqua. He is a graduate of the Israeli Conservatory in Tel-Aviv and the Jerusalem Academy of Music where his teachers have included Sally Bockel, David Chen, Nava Milo and Hagai Shaham. He earned his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School in New York and is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studies with Sylvia Rosenberg. Mr. Zorman plays a Ceruti violin generously loaned to him by Yehuda Zisapel.