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Monday, 14 May 2012 13:58

Audio and Video Gallery

Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 - Movement 2 Haifa Symphony Live Performance
Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez Live Performance
Achron Stimung  Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez  
Kreisler Tambourin Chinois Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez  

Monday, 14 May 2012 11:06


Rafi Kadishson - a conductor and composer, is regularly conducting orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestrathe Jerusalem Symphony, the Jerusalem Camerata and also conducted the London Symphony Orchestra. His works and arrangements were played by various orchestras such as thePittsburgh SymphonyTokyo SymphonyRome Opera Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic as well as other Israeli orchestras under the batons of such conductors as Zubin MehtaGary Bertini and others. 

Mr. Kadishson collaborated with artists such as Lalo Schifrin - orchestrating and conducting Schifrin's "Kol Nidrei". Violinist and former music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra Shlomo Mintz performed a commissioned work, "Yefe Nof", in numerous concert-tours. The violinist Yuval Yaron performed and reordered the "Fanatsia" for violin and Piano. "Concerto for Peter and Orchestra" was recorded by Peter Wertheimer (in 1996) with the Symphonett Ra'anana conducted by the composer. 

Mr. Kadishson won the Israel Film Prize for his film scores "Fantasia on a Romantic theme", and "Summer Holiday Blues". He also won the ACUM Music for the Theater Prize and the prestigious Prime Minister Prize for Composers 2008

Rafi Kadishson teaches at the Israel Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and various other colleges and institutions. He is engaged in composing, score arrangements, as a pianist and as a conductor. Among his works are over one hundred and fifty scores for the Theater, and the music for dozens of Film, Ballets and TV series in Europe and in Israel. 

Rafi Kadishson is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Tel Aviv Rubin Academy of musicMr. Kadishson studied with Ilona Vinze, Itzhak Edel, Sergiu Natra, Noam Sheriff, Rina Waldman and Mendi Rodan. 

Saturday, 12 May 2012 14:40


Sergey Ostrovsky is a winner of the 3rd Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (1999, Grand Prix and 4 Special Prizes) , Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2003), Aviv National Music Competition (1999,Tel Aviv) and other top prizes: “Schubert and Modernity” Competition (2003, Graz, Austria, 2nd Prize and Schubert Prize) and Rodolfo Lipizer Violin Competition ( Italy, 1995).

Sergey Ostrovsky performed as a quartet member and as a soloist at internationally renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York), Kennedy Centre and The Library of Congress (Washington) , Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London) ,Auditorium du Louvre , Theatre du Chatelet , and Theatre de la Ville (Paris), De Doelen Rotterdam ,Sydney Opera House, Tonhalle Zurich, Capetown City Hall, Durban Concert Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Beethoven House (Bonn, Germany) Wiener Konzerthouse, Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Valensia Concert Hall and other venues in Israel, Germany, Austria, England, France, Ireland, Ireland, Holland, China, Canada, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil etc.

As a soloist Sergey has performed with orchestras such as Israel Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Durban KZN Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra, “Amadeus” Chamber Orchestra (Poland) Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky) Philharmonic a, Beer Sheva Sinfonet and  theTel Aviv Soloists  ensemble,  under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Yoel Levi, Philippe Entremont, Maxim Vengerov, Bernard Guller, Zeev Dorman, Uriel Segal, and others. Sergey has made   recordings for the Naxos label, and EMI Classics with Maxim Vengerov and UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra.

Sergey Ostrovsky was born in 1975 in Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod) to a family of musicians, began playing violin at the age of 6, and studied with David Lapidus as his first teacher. He made his first concert appearances at the age of 8, and performed for a first time with a symphony orchestra at the age of 13.

In the Music College of Gorky Conservatory continued his studies with Lazar Gantman and Yury Gluchovsky. In 1991 immigrated to Israel with his family and continued his studies with Prof. Yair Kless and Irina Svetlova at the Rubin Academy Tel Aviv(from 2005-Buchmann-Mehta High School of Music) In 1996 Sergey founded the Aviv Quartet which moved for studies in Europe with the members of Alban Berg Quartet in the Cologne Hochschule (1998-2000), and with members of Daniel Quartet in Rotterdam Conservatory ,where he completed his Bachelor Degree Diploma with Natalia Morozova in 2000, and his Master’s Degree Diploma in Amsterdam Conservatory with Alexander Kerr in 2002. Sergey participated in Master Classes with Isaac Stern, Hermann Krebers, Dorothy Delay, Ivry Gitlis , Ida Haendel , Sergey Ostrovsky is plays   a 1716 violin, made by Giovanni Grancinno, which was purchased with the generous support of Mr. James Mayer and “Tzfonot Tarbut” nonprofit organisation for supporting arts in Israel.

From 2009 – Sergey is Professor of the Geneva Conservatory (Neuchatel branch).

Friday, 11 May 2012 21:36

Other Publications

Book Published

  • Keyboard Harmony,   textbook, co-authored with Drs. Dalia Cohen and Naftali Wagner; published by Academon Publishers of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1981; second edition, 1985

Articles Published

  • "The Theory Of Composition"  Music In Time, Israel 2006
  • Art & Entertainment, Published in the World New Music Magazin No.11
  • "Text and Sound in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex" (in Hebrew) published in Prisma, monthly publication of art and literature,  March 1987, Tel-Aviv 
  • "From Draft to Score and Back Again" published in Music In Time, a publication of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem,  issue of 1986-87 
  • "Tonal Ambiguities as a Constructive Force in the Language of Stravinsky” published in The Musical Quarterly,  Vol. LXVIII, No. 4,  October, 1982
Thursday, 10 May 2012 13:48


Alban Berg  - Chamber Concerto for
Violin, Piano and 13 wind instruments 

Geroge-Emmanuel Schneider Violin 
Hanny Schmid Wyss, Piano
Noam Zur, Conductor
I sinfonieti 01 orchestra 

Recorded live in Tonhalle, Zurich 
September 23, 2003


Sound samples and purchase - available on Amazon

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