Israeli Chamber Project
When: Sunday, February 9 - 2pm
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie for Harp and Violin, Op. 124
Schoenberg/Webern: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
Zohar Sharon: “The Ice Palace” for clarinet, piano, harp, and string trio *
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
* Commissioned for the Israeli Chamber Project by the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund.
Tibi Cziger, Clarinet
Michal Korman, Cello
Sivan Magen, Harp
Assaff Weisman, Piano
Itamar Zorman, Violin
Yonah Zur, Violin/Viola
Winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award, the Israeli Chamber Project brings together some of today’s most distinguished young Israeli musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs both in Israel and abroad. A dynamic ensemble comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, the Israeli Chamber Project has quickly made a name for itself through its passionate musicianship and creative programming. Based both in Israel and in New York, the ensemble was created as a means for its members to give something back to the community where they began their musical education and to showcase Israeli culture, through its music and musicians to concert goers overseas.
Since its founding in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project has embarked on semiannual tours of Israel, where it has garnered rave reviews from the press and established itself as a major artistic force on that country’s vibrant cultural scene. These tours have included performances on some of the premier chamber music series in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as in remote towns where access to live chamber music is extremely rare. A strong advocate for music education, the ICP has partnered with conservatories across Israel in order to offer lessons and masterclasses to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds, many of whom have little or no opportunity to work with internationally recognized musicians. Guest artists on recent ICP tours included the Guarneri String Quartet’s Michael Tree and Peter Wiley, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, Joshua Smith.
An important part of the Israeli Chamber Project’s mission is to support emerging Israeli composers by commissioning works specifically for the ensemble. Composers commissioned so far have included Matan Porat, Jonathan Keren, Gilad Cohen, Yohanan Chendler, Amit Gilutz, and Zohar Sharon.
In North America, the Israeli Chamber Project has appeared at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Morgan Library & Museum, Bargemusic, and at Symphony Space in New York City, the Morrison Artists Series in San Francisco, Carmel Music Society, The Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, and Ottawa’s Chamberfest, among others, and has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and WQXR radio’s Young Artist Showcase.
The ensemble’s debut CD, Opus 1, featuring music of Saint-Saëns, Martinu, Debussy, Bartok, and Matan Porat was released by Azica Records in 2012 to great critical acclaim. Writing for American Record Guide, Gil French noted "These players have to be heard to be believed", and "These musicians...make music both as soloists and as an ensemble with the technical perfection of a Heifetz and the musicality of the most mature players."