The Israel Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1965 by the famous conductor and composer Gary Bertini. Subsequent it was directed by: Luciano Berio, Rudolph Barshai, Uri Segal, Yoav Talmi, Shlomo Mintz, Philippe Entremont, Salvador Mas Conde, Noam Sheriff, Gil Shohat and Roberto Paternostro. Since 2015 Ariel Zuckermann serves as Artistic Director of the Orchestra.
The orchestra performs a varied repertoire ranging from baroque through current compositions in over 100 concerts per year to subscribers in both the central and the outskirts of Israel. It tours extensively in Europe, USA, Canada, South America and the Far East and takes part in prestigious international music festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, festivals in Istanbul, Helsinki, Athens, Pompeii, Sofia and Mitte Europa, Hong Kong and many more. The Orchestra has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, Music Masters, The Israel Music Institute (IMI), Koch and Teldec.
Many well-known artists have performed with the Israel Chamber Orchestra: Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Miriam Fried, Joseph Kalichstein, Kryzstof Penderecki, Christoph Eschenbach, Yoel Levi, Jean Pierre Rampal, Paul Tortelier, Heinrich Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Sergiu Commissiona, Claude Frank, David Shallon, Tabea Zimmerman, and others.
The Orchestra’s main values are musical quality, promoting Israeli works, and deepening the connection between public and community through exceptional projects. The orchestra turns to broad audiences by assimilating various musical cultures and styles and collaborating with other art forms – musical theatre (Les Miserables with Habima Theater), Israeli pop music (Shlomo Gronich, Micha Shitrit, and David D'or), tribute concerts to rock bands such as The Beatles, Queen, Abba, Pink Floyd, and performing folk and world music (even Russian folk), Jazz music and Argentinian tango.
Ariel Zuckermann is one of the most soughtafter conductors of the younger generation. He studied with the Jorma Panula at the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm and later with Bruno Weil at Munich’s Musikhochschule. In January 2007 he was appointed Music Director of the renowned Georgian Chamber Orchestra. Since 2015 he serves as Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
He’s conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Radio Orchestra Seoul, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and others. He also tours with his own ensemble, Kolsimcha.
The Hungarian cellist László Fenyö (born in 1975) has belonged to the world elite of cellists since he won the 2004 International Pablo Casals Contest in Kronberg, Germany. He is hailed by both audiences and critics as one of today’s most exciting artists, possessing the unique capability of presenting the intentions of the composer but also allowing the music to speak at the forefront, thereby capturing and fascinating his audiences. Through his breathtaking technical skills and emotive expressiveness, his concerts become special experiences, where the music can be newly explored with every performance.
In the last few years László Fenyö has performed on the most important stages throughout the world. Including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, London or the Gasteig in Munich. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr- Sinfonie Orchester), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. He has performed many times with conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.
In Hungary, his home country, László Fenyö has long been one of the most sought after soloists; his performances – solo recitals, chamber music events and concerts with orchestras, are broadcast live and recorded by the Hungarian Radio. He has played with most Hungarian orchestras and conductors. In addition, in 2005 he received the highly coveted Franz Liszt Prize awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, as well as the Junior Prima Prize in 2008.
László Fenyö gives master courses all over the world, since October 2009 he is a lecturer at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Frankfurt and since 2012 he teaches as a professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. László Fenyö has been principal cellist of the Philharmonia Hungarica 1997-2001 and of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony 2001-2012.
László Fenyö plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller from 1695.
Laszlo Fenyo (c) Marco Borggreve