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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 05:52

Audio and Video Clips

"Concerto for Peter" with the Ra'anana Symphonette Orchestra, conductor - Rafi Kadishson
soloist Peter Wertheimer (saxophones, Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, and Flute)
1st movement 2nd movement

Song Without Words - for Guitar Solo - 
Liat Cohen, Guitar 

Liat Cohen & Natalie Dessay The Windmills of your mind by Michel Legrand
Arranged by Rafi Kadishson 

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:54


Dubbed “a major artist” by the Miami Herald and a “quiet maverick” by the Daily Telegraph, pianist Alexander Korsantia has been praised for the “clarity of his technique, richly varied tone and dynamic phrasing” (Baltimore Sun), and a “piano technique where difficulties simply do not exist” (Calgary Sun). The Boston Globe found his interpretation of his signature piece, Pictures at an Exhibition, to be “a performance that could annihilate all others one has heard.” And the Birmingham Post wrote: “his intensely responsive reading was shot through with a vein of constant fantasy, whether musing or mercurial.” Ever since winning the First Prize/Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sidney International Piano Competition, Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, and Paavo Järvi, with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Kirov Orchestra, RAI Orchestra in Turin, The City of Birmingham Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Israel Philharmonic.

In the 2017-18 season Mr. Korsantia performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Boston Philharmonic and Xiamen Philharmonic, Rachmaninoff’s Third with Israel Symphony, Prokofiev’s Concerto No 2 with Stuttgart Philharmonic, Chopin with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Ingolstadt Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he plays in recital in Taipei, Taiwan at the National Concert Hall, in Washington D.C. at the Walnut Hill School, in Greenfield Village (Michigan), in Lodz (Poland), at Jordan Hall in Boston, and in his native Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Recent and upcoming seasons include appearances with the Huntsville, Pacific, Louisville, Bogota, San Juan, Jerusalem, Oregon, Vancouver, Omaha, Elgin, Mannheim, Tokyo, Louisiana, Oslo, Malaga and Israel symphony orchestras; Georgian Sinfonietta; Ingolstadt and Israel chamber orchestras; Jerusalem Camerata; Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse; Polish Radio Orchestra; and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Mexico City, among others. He has been heard in the Piano Jacobins concert series in Toulouse; in Warsaw, Boston, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco, Lodz; with the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg; at the Tanglewood, Newport, Stresa, Gilmore, and Verbier festivals and music series, performing solo recitals and collaborating with musicians such as Vadim Repin, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Sergei Nakariakov and the Stradivari Quartet among others. Bel Air Music and Piano Classics are among the recording labels Mr. Korsantia has worked with. The most recent release is a collection of Beethoven (Eroica Variations), Rachmaninoff (Chopin Variations), and Copland (Piano Variations).

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Korsantia began his musical studies at an early age with his mother, Sventlana Korsantia, and later became a pupil of Tengiz Amiredjibi, Georgia’s foremost piano instructor. In 1992, he moved his family to the United States and joined the famed piano studio of fellow Georgian, Alexander Toradze, at Indiana University in South Bend. In 1999, he was awarded one of the most prestigious national awards, the Order of Honor, bestowed on him by then-President Eduard Shevardnadze. Korsantia resides in Boston where he is a Professor of Piano on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Mr. Korsantia is the artistic adviser of the annual music festival “From Easter to Ascension” in Georgia.



Update 11-2017

Monday, 07 May 2012 20:12


One of opera’s most exciting young directors, Tomer Zvulun has earned consistent praise for his creative vision, often described as cinematic and fresh.  His work has been produced in prestigious opera houses around the world, including The Metropolitan Opera in NYC, the opera companies of Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Cincinnati, Panama and Wolf Trap, as well as leading educational institutes and universities such as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Boston University, and IVAI in Tel Aviv.
Zvulun’s upcoming schedule includes a new production of La Bohème for Seattle Opera, Madama Butterfly with New Orleans Opera, Don Giovanni for Cincinnati Opera, his Buenos Aires debut with a new Lucrezia Borgia, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera to direct Carmen and to Wolf Trap Opera for a new Falstaff.  In future seasons he will return to The Atlanta Opera for Tosca, Cincinnati Opera for Madama Butterfly, Seattle Opera for Faust, and make debuts with Boston Lyric Opera for a new production of Rigoletto and Pittsburgh Opera for La Bohème.
Notable recent engagements include a highly acclaimed new production of Don Giovanni for Wolf Trap Opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites for IVAI in Tel Aviv, Tosca for his directing debut at the Metropolitan Opera and for his debut at the Teatro Nacional in Panama, plus a new double bill of L'heure Espagnole and Gianni Schicchi at Juilliard Opera Center that was praised by The New York Times for its “witty, fast-paced staging and the director’s Felliniesque style”.
Zvulun has directed three different new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor for Seattle Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and for Opera Cleveland.  All three productions received critical acclaim and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution selected it as one of Atlanta’s Best productions for the 2011 season. He has also directed Die Fliegende Holländer and The Magic Flute for this company.
Zvulun’s new interpretation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, created as a co-production between Indiana University and The Atlanta Opera, was widely successful with audiences and critics alike. He remounted the production for his Cincinnati Opera debut for which The Cincinnati Enquirer named him “the finest director of the season”. For Indiana University he has also directed new productions Faust and Cosí fan tutte.
At the Metropolitan Opera he has worked on multiple new productions, most notably of La Rondine, La Traviata, La Fille du Régiment, Iphigenie en Tauride, Manon and Un Ballo in Maschera, in addition to directing Tosca and Carmen. 
Monday, 07 May 2012 20:07



Monday, 07 May 2012 14:20


Beethoven Op. 95 in f minor, Op 131
Borodin Quartet No 2
Brahms all quartets, Piano Quintet, Clarinet Quintet
Debussy Quartet
Grieg Quartet in gminor, Op 27
Janacek Kreutzer Sonata
Mendelssohn Quartet in e minor
Mozart various quartets 
Prokofiev Quartet No 2
Ravel String quartet in F major
Schubert Quartet Satz, "Death and the Maiden"
Shostakovich Quartets No 3, 4, 8
Tchaikovsky all quartets


Monday, 07 May 2012 13:49

Audio Gallery

"Concerto for Peter" with the Ra'anana Symphonette Orchestra, conductor - Rafi Kadishson
soloist Peter Wertheimer (saxophones, Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, and Flute)
1st movement 2nd movement

Song Without Words - for Guitar Solo - 
Liat Cohen, Guitar 

Monday, 07 May 2012 13:06


Hellicon CD1

String Quartet No.1 in D, op.11
1. I Moderato e semplice 11:01
2. II Andante cantabile 6:16
3. III Scherzo (Allegro non tanto e con fucoso) 4:19
4. IV Finale (Allegro giusto) 6:59
String Quartet No.2 in F, op.22
5. I Adagio-Moderato assai 12:20
6. II Scherzo (Allegro giusto) 5:07
7. III Andante ma non tanto 11:46
8. IV Finale (Allegro non moto) 6:12

The IPO Richter String Quartet
Ilya Konovalov,
violin / Shmuel Glaser, violin
Dmitry Ratush, viola / Felix Nemirovsky, cello

Recording venue:
The Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv
Recording dates: 12-15 September 2010

Total Time: 64:07

Hellicon CD2

String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor, op.30
1. I Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Andante sostenuto 15:27
2. II Allegretto vivo e scherzando 3:55
3. III Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto 10:50
4. IV Allegro non troppo e risoluto 5:52
String Sextet in D minor 'Souvenir De Florence', op.70*
5. I Allegro con spirito 10:45
6. II Adagio cantabile e con moto 9:33
7. III Allegretto moderato 6:35
8. IV Allegro vivace 7:10

The IPO Richter String Quartet
Ilya Konovalov,
violin / Shmuel Glaser, violin
Dmitry Ratush, viola / Felix Nemirovsky, cello

*Vladislav Krasnov, Viola / Kirill Mihanovsky, cello

Recording venue:
The Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv
Recording dates: 12-15 September 2010

Total Time: 70:14

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 20:04

Members CV

      Yevgenia Pikovsky, Principal Violin

Yevgenia Pikovsky, , winner of 1993 Vittorio Gui and Verchelli Competitions, has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in concert halls in the USA, Israel, Russia, Poland, Italy and France. In 1993, she made her debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Zubin Metha. In 1997, after studies in the USA and in Israel, she founded the Chamber Ensemble Millennium in Jerusalem, with whom she has appeared in numerous live radio broadcasts in Israel and has recorded two CDs. She is a member of ensemble “Quatro Plus”, which performed in the Jerusalem International Chamber Festival, Israel Festival and abroad, in USA and Europe. In June 2006, Yevgenia Pikovsky won the audition for Concertmaster position in Bern Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland and during the seasons 2006-2008 she served as its Concertmaster. As soloist, she has appeared with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts and on tour, under Maestro Zubin Mehta. She is a member of the teaching staff in Jerusalem Academy of Music and student orchestra coach for strings. Since the 2014-15 season she is a leader of the second violins group of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Asaf Maoz, Violin  

Asaf Maoz, Born in Israel in 1979, Asaf Maoz is a graduate of the Talma Yellin School of the Arts, the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv,  and the Rostock Hochschule für Musik, Germany, where he studied with such eminent teachers as Ahuva Driblat, Simon Yerushevich, Ora Shiran and Axel Wilczok. He regularly appears in festivals, such as Apple hill “Playing for Peace”, Verbier in Switzerland, Jerusalem International Chamber Music, Festival de Bellerive in Switzerland and Music in the Desert Festival, Sde Boker, Israel. He was a member of the “Capital dance orchestra” that plays mainly swing music. Asaf Maoz served in the IDF as a distinguished musician. He has won several competitions and scholarships from the America-Israel Foundation, Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now” and the Fundación Barenboim-Said. During 2004-2013 he resided in Berlin where he was a member of the “Komische Oper Berlin” (Asisstant concertmaster), the “Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin” (concertmaster and principal 2nd violin), the “Tel Aviv Soloists ensemble” and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (concertmaster and principal 2nd violin). He has been a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Maestro Daniel Barenboim 2000-2012 (Principal 2nd violin). In 2006-2007 he has served as Principal 2nd violin in the German “Bielefelder Philharmoniker”. Since October 2013 he is a member of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra. 

   Dmitry Ratush,  Viola  Asst. Principal

In 1990 Dmitry Ratush and his family left Russia and settled in Israel. In the same year he had begun his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem with world- renowned viola virtuoso and composer Michael Kugel. Graduating from Jerusalem Academy in 1994, Mr. Ratush continued his studies in Dallas, Texas at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts with Dr. E. Schmieder and Professor B. Hustis.
Dmitry Ratush, assistant principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra since 2004, made his debut in New York at the Merkin Concert Hall in 1991. Dmitry, among the leading string players in Israel, was an assistant principal violist of the Israel Camerata Orchestra and a principal violist of the Bern Symphony orchestra in Switzerland. During his service with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra he was a member of the IPO string quartet. 
From last season Mr. Ratush is taking part in important projects as a guest principal violist in Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Palau del les Arts (Spain) under button of  Maestro Zubin Mehta. 
Dmitry Ratush is a founding member of the Chamber Ensemble Millennium, at Targ Music Center in Jerusalem. With the ensemble, Dmitry appeared on a number of life broadcasts of  Kol Hamusica, the Israel’ Classical Music Channel and recorded two CDs. Admired by his colleagues and audiences as a chamber music partner he has performed regularly in Israel Festival and Voice of Music Festival in the Upper Galilee. Also Mr. Ratush appears as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world in International Festivals and Chamber Music Series.

   Felix Nemirovsky, Cello  

Felix Nemirovsky was born in 1963 in Tashkent. He was Principal Cellist of the Moldavian Opera Orchestra and the Moldavian Radio Chamber Orchestra until 1990, when he immigrated to Israel. Here he joined the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le-Zion (1990-91) and was Co-principal Cellist with the Camerata Orchestra (1991-92). In 1992 he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Felix Nemirovsky has participated in chamber music festivals in Israel, France, Germany and South Korea as well as in the Terezienstadt Music Project. He has played chamber music with Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, Maxim Vengerov, Gil Shaham, Lang Lang and others. He has also appeared in recitals and chamber concerts in Israel and abroad and as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Felix Nemirovsky teaches chamber music in Tel Aviv Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. A former member of the Tel-Aviv Chamber Music Ensemble, and the Quattro Plus Ensemble. 

Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:44

Video clips

Mozart Violin Concerto No 5 - Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra     

Glazunov concerto - end of 3rd movement     

R. Strauss - Sonata in Eb Major Op 18 - 2nd movement    


R. Strauss - Sonata in Eb Major Op 18 - 3rd movement          

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto -  Audio 
Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta, Argentina 1.3.2018
Music Director / Conductor: Noam Zur

2nd Movement Canzonetta 

Finale Allegro 

Friday, 04 May 2012 16:04


Stefano Palatchi has consolidated his international career thanks to his admirable vocation for theatre, his attractive timbre and his much applauded expressive faculties. The bass, from the city ofBarcelona, studied with Maya Maiska, Gino Bechi, Ettore Campogaliani and Armen Boyajian, in his native town as well as inFlorenceandNew York.

His tone is powerful, wide, dark, sonorous, and agile with really good low notes and nobility on stage. With his presence in almost every Spanish opera season and in some of the most respected international theatres, he has become an indispensable singer-actor and the most important Spanish basses of the last decades.

Since his debut in the Gran Teatre Del Liceu in Barcelona25 years ago, in 1986, he has won the affection of audiences. In his continued relationship with the Barcelona theatre, he has taken part in several hundred performances of more than thirty operas from a wide repertoire, in which his affinity with Verdi’s music stands out, consolidating his position as the prototype for a “basso verdiano” playing such roles as Filippo II (Don Carlo Teatro Campoamor, Oviedo), Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino, Liceu Barcelona), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra, Liceu), Walter (Luisa Miller, ABAO) Banquo (Macbeth, Liceu, Minnesota, Valencia, Malaga), Ramfis (Aida, Liceu, Metropolitan Opera House, Minnesota, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile), Sparafucile (Rigoletto, Teatro Real, Colón, Buenos Aires, Liceu, Jerez, Las Palmas) and Ferrando (Il Trovatore, Teatro Zarzuela, Real, Liceu, Campoamor) Jorg (Stiffelio, Teatro Argentino, La Plata).

However, Stefano Palatchi’s voice has allowed him to take on other styles and composers with success, such as Mozart –Die Zauberflöte (Teatro Real, Las Palmas) Puccini or bel canto -Turandot (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Liceu, Valencia, Málaga), La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, Liceu, Teatro Real, Sao Carlos de Lisboa), Lucia di Lammermoor (Liceu, Colón de Buenos Aires, Valencia, Málaga), La Favorita (Liceu, Real, Pamplona, Campoamor de Oviedo), La Sonnambula (Liceu, Bilbao) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ankara, Liceu, Las Palmas)-, as well as French opera -Samson et Dalila (Liceu, Real), Thaïs (Liceu, Las Palmas, Oviedo) or Roméo et Juliette (Oviedo, Jérez, Lausanne, Modena)- and contemporary, having performed in absolute premieres such as Balada’s Cristóbal Colón (Liceu, alongside Caballé and Carreras), Guinjoan’s Gaudi, (Liceu), García Demestres’s Joc de mans, (Modena Auditorium), Balada’s Faust-Bal, (Teatro Real, Madrid), and Halffter’s Lázaro (Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Athens Megaron). His incursions into other repertoire range from Baroque to Zarzuela, with acclaimed performances, such as his outstanding Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

In 1999, Palatchi was one of the protagonists in the reopening of the new Liceu in 1999, taking part in the opera Turandot and in the recent seasons he has sung in Madrid, Bilbao, Oviedo, Seville, Paris, Rome, Marseille, Lisbon, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Puerto Rico, Washington, San Francisco, Verona, Peralada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or New York, collaborating with outstanding conductors (Gardelli, Bonynge, Zedda, Santi, Oren, López Cobos, Menotti, Rilling, Rozhdestvensky, Ros Marbà, Guingal, Frühbeck de Burgos, Davis or Armiliato) and from the beginning of his career, alongside artists such as Sutherland, Kraus, Aragall, Caballé, Berganza, Carreras, Freni, Milnes, Bruson, Gruberova, Domingo, Carreras, Alagna, Gheorghiu, Cura, Zajick, Bartoli, Villazón, Renée Fleming and many others.

In the field of concerts, Stefano Palatchi has extensive experience in works like Mozart’s Requiem or Verdi’s Requiem Mass, both performed in the last two seasons at the Palau de la Música, Barcelona and Peralada International Festival and recently Berlioz’s  L’enfance du Christ  on a tour  inFrance with  l’ONPL conducted by John Alexrod.

Some of his engagements in the next months include Adriana Lecouvreur and Aida at the Gran Teatre del Liceu,Barcelona and various concerts at the Palau de la Musica,Barcelona.

Stefano Palatchi has an extensive recording career (see discography section), with works for Decca, RTVE Música, Columna Música, Nightingale Classics, Koch Discover, Astrée Auvidis, Auvidis, Auvidis Valois, Sello Autor, Naxos and Opus Arte. With the recording of La Dolores, by Bretón, he obtained a Latin Grammy Award; with Margarita la Tornera, by Chapí, he was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award; and with El Gato con Botas, by Montsalvatge, he obtained a nomination for the Grammy Awards. Palatchi is patron of the Clarós Foundation dedicated to the support of acute deafness through research, prevention and education.