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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:34


Prof. Menachem Zur was born in Israel in 1942. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. In the United States he received degrees from the Mannes College of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, and Columbia University, where he was awarded the D.M.A. degree in 1976. Prof. Zur has taught at Queens College, CUNY, and New York University, and is on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.   

Menachem Zur has composed numerous works, including chamber, vocal, symphonic and electronic music, and one full-scale opera. Prof. Zur has received numerous national prizes, among them the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. The most recent prize is the Prime Minister’s prize for composition (2010), that was awarded to him for the second time.

Most of his works have been published in the United States and in Israel. His orchestral and chamber works have received numerous performances by orchestras and ensembles in Israel and abroad, including an evening devoted to his chamber music in the series  “Works and Process” held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 

During the years 1992-1994 and 2000-2003 he served as the chairperson of the Israeli Composers' League. He has been an official representative of Israel in conferences and festivals such as the ISCM and ACL.  Prof. Zur is regularly invited to lecture at universities and music academies and has had vast experience in presenting many subjects related to composition and theory, in many parts of the world.

His administrative ­experience includes the organizing of an international symposium on multi-media, the guiding and judging master's and doctoral dissertations, serving as dean and chairman of  the compositon and theory department in Jerusalem, reviewing professional activities for the commission of higher education in Israel and judging international competitions in Israel and abroad.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 22:06

Lebenslauf Deutsch

Der in der Kiew (Ukraine) geborene Bassist Taras Konoshchenko erhilt seine Ausbildung in den Fächern Klavier, Chorleitung, Opernund
Konzertgesang an besten Musikakademien der Ukraine und setzte sie abschließend an der Münchner Musikhochschule sowie
als Mitglied des „Junges Ensembles“ der Bayerischen Staatsoper fort.
1994 gab der Künstler unter Sir Colin Davis sein Deutschlandsdebüt als Sarastro in einer konzertanten Aufführung von Mozarts „Zauberflöte“ im Münchner Prinzregententheater. Bei mehreren Gesangswettbewerben errang er Preise; zahlreiche Konzerte sang er seitdem in Europa, Nord- und Südamerika.
1998 bis 2003 war Taras Konoshchenko Ensemblemitglied der Bayerischen Staatsoper, wo er u.a. Colline (La Boheme), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Il Re (Aida), Lodovico (Otello), Angelotti (Tosca), Nettuno (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Zuniga (Carmen) sang.
Von 2005 bis 2008 war er im Nationaltheater Mannheim auch als Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Fiesco (S. Boccanegra) zu hören.
Seit Herbst 2008 arbeitet er als freischaffender Künstler. 
Eine erfolgreiche Karriere führte ihn an viele Opernhäuser, darunter: Ukrainische Nationaloper Kiew, Theater Bregenz, Oper Bonn, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Volksoper Wien, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Brüssel), Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Staatstheater Stuttgart, Opera de Toulon, Theater Dortmund. Konzerte sang er u.a. mit Münchner Philharmonikern, mit Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel-Aviv und Haifa, mit dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin sowie mit Bamberger Symphonikern (R.Strauss
Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Dabei arbeitete er mit so nahmhaften Dirigenten wie Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Marcello Viotti zusammen.
Zu seinem Repertoire gehören mehr als 80 Partien u.a. Ramfis (Aida), Banco (Macbeth), Fiesco (S. Boccanegra), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Sevilla), Rodolfo (La Sonnambula), Pimen (B. Godunow), Fürst Gremin (E. Onegin), Kontschak (Fürst Igor).
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:51

Audio and Video Clips

Audio  - Mozart Don Giovanni  -  Leporello MP3  "Madamina, il catalogo e questo"


Mozart Zauberflöte Sarastro "In diesen heil'gen Hallen"


 Mozart Zauberflöte - Sarastro "O Isis und Osiris"

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:47


Mr. Konoshchenko successful career has led him to guestings at the Ukrainian National Opera in Kiew, Bregenz Opera Theater, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Volksoper Wien, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Staatstheater  Stuttgart, Opera Theatre of Toulon, and R.Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Taras Konoshchenko has also sung in concerts with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv and Haifa, performing under the direction of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Metha, James Levine, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi and Marcello Viotti.
Konoshchenko has a repertoire of over 80 roles, including Ramfis (Aida), Banco (Macbeth), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Rodolfo (La Sonnambula), Pimen (B.Godunow), Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) and Konchak (Prince Igor) among many others.

After his piano studies, choral conducting and voice at several music conservatories in his homeland Ukrainian, bass Taras Konoshchenko, finished his education at the Munich Music High School and subsequently sang with the Young Artists Program of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

In 1994 the artist gave his German debut in Munich’s  Prinzregententheater as  Sarastro in a concert performance of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” under the direction of Sir Colin Davis. Winner of numerous vocal competitions, Taras Konoshchenko has performed in concerts in Europe, USA, Canada and South America.

From 1998 to 2003 Taras Konoshchenko was a member of the Bavarian State Opera where he performed Colline (La Bohème), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Il Re (Aida), Lodovico (Otello), Angellotti (Tosca), Nettuno (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Zuniga (Carmen) and many others roles.
In 2005 Taras Konoshchenko became a member of the National Opera Theater of Mannheim where he has sung also Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Fiesco (S. Boccanegra)


Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:31


"... Sedov not only gave a superb dramatic performance but his singing was masterful. His long legato lines were rich and full of emotion, and his quick staccato lines were seemingly effortlessly moved ..." 

Opera News hails Denis Sedov for “tall and commanding, gifted with a splendid physique and a bass to match” and his ability to “seduce with his voice as well as with his presence.” His engagements in the 2010-11 season include Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Pittsburgh Opera, Frere Laurent in Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno, and a return to Cincinnati Opera for Gremin in Eugene Onegin. He also sings Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Orquesta del Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga. In the 2009-10 season, he returned to Cincinnati Opera for both Colline in La bohème and Lodovico in Otello and the Atlanta Symphony for the Chamberlain in Le rossignol in Atlanta as well as for performances at Carnegie Hall. He also joined the Teatro Colon for further Colline in La bohème, Atlanta Opera for Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Palm Beach Opera for Leporello in Don Giovanni, Asociacion Gayarre Amigos de la Opera in Pamplona for Escamillo in Carmen, and Vancouver Symphony for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 .

Mr. Sedov’s recent international engagements include his debut with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni under the baton of Riccardo Muti at Teatro alla Scala, and Colline in La bohème at Paris Opera. Also in Paris, he sang the title role in Don Giovanni and Count Rodolfo in La sonnambula at the Opéra Comique and in Florence. Further performances include Il Re di Scozia in Ariodante at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims with La Monnaie, Timur in Turandot at Opéra de Montréal, King Henry VIII in Anna Bolena in Torino, Selim in Il turco in Italia in Marseille, Mustafa in L'italiana in Algeri with Opéra du Rhin, Walter in Luisa Miller in Bordeaux, the tutor in Le Comte Ory in Toulouse, his Teatro Colon debut in Buenos Aires as Oroveso in Norma, Rossini’s Maometto Secondo in Strassbourg, Colline in La bohème, more performances of Ariodante with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Opéra de Lyon yon, and Frere Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with L'Opéra de Montreal. He has also sung further performances of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Seneca in Monteverdi’sL’incoronazione di Poppea at Aix-en-Provence in a production that he repeated in Vienna and Paris as well as Somnus in Seneca in Monteverdi’sL’incoronazione di Poppea at the Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi. 

He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Colline in La bohème after having been one of very few non-American singers ever invited to join the company’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development. He has since joined the company Orlick in Mazeppa and on tour in Japan for its production of Don Giovanni. Other American engagements include Nourabad in Les pêcheur de perles with Washington National Opera, Giorgio in I puritani with Seattle Opera, Escamillo in Carmen and Achilla in Giulio Cesare with San Francisco Opera, Assur in Semiramide with Minnesota Opera, and Méphistophélès in Faust with Cincinnati Opera, and Il Re in Aida at the Aspen Music Festival. He also joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for performances of Colline in La bohème with under the baton of Robert Spano that were recently released on the Telarc label. 

He recorded Handel’s Ariodante with Marc Minkowski conducting Les Musiciens du Louvre (Deutsche Grammophon). He also recorded the role of Soliony in the world premiere of Trois Soeurs by Peter Eötvös (Deutsche Grammophon), having originally performed by the role at Opéra de Lyon and the Chatelet and his recording of Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliettewith the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez has also recently been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. 

Denis Sedov is an equally engaging concert singer, recently joining Christoph Eschenbach and the L’Orchestre de Paris for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (performances of which have been released commercially on DVD) as well as the Quebec Symphony for the same work. He has sung Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Shostakovich’s Song of the Forest at the Grant Park Music Festival, and the world premiere of Carlos Alberto Vazquez’sRequiem Domesticus at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. He sang Haydn’s Creation for the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp with Minkowski conducting and in Bordeaux. The bass made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut singing the Verdi Requiem, his debut with the San Francisco Symphony with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He has also appeared with major orchestras throughout Israel including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlioz’ Damnation of Faust and Verdi’s Otello under the baton of Pappano. He sang Zoroastr in Orlando and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Al Ayre Español. A worldwide audience of television viewers saw Mr. Sedov sing the Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Japan conducted by Seiji Ozawa as part of the winter Olympics in 1998.

Monday, 23 April 2012 14:03


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. 

Monday, 23 April 2012 22:13

Manager and Team



Uri Zur, the Founding Manager of ArtPro since 1996, was an active orchestra musician for many years. 
Mr. Zur was principal Bassoonist with the Israel SinfoniettaThe Jerusalem Symphony, Wuppertal Opera, and played with the HR and WDR Radio Orchestras, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
During this time Uri Zur played under the baton of such conductors as Gary Bertini, Mendi Rodan, Sergiu Celibidache, Paul Paray, Zubin Mehta and Leonard Bernstein Recommendation Letter from Leonard Bernstein (1981) 

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Since 1995Uri Zur has served as the artistic manager of various cultural events in Israel, such as the annual International Renaissance Festival in Yehiam, and the artistic advisor of chamber music series in several halls across Israel. Between 1997-2000 He was the Artistic Director of Chamber Music series in Nes Ammim and since 1997 he directs the chamber music series in Ganei Am.
In 1996 he was the musical consultant for the Enav Cultural Center of the Tel-Aviv Municipality

Uri Zur was the co-founder, artistic director, and producer of one of the most successful children concert series at the Israeli Opera - "Zlilei Kessem" (magical sounds), with actress Nitza Shaul, which is held within the activities of the New Israeli Opera at the Tel Aviv Performing Art Center

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 13:41

Dan Ettinger - Conductor

Dan Ettinger - Conductor
  • July - Osaka Philharmonic orchestra, Japan 
  • August - Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan 
  • September - Virtuosi Orchestra Tokyo, Japan 
Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:39

Noam Zur - Conductor

Noam Zur - Conductor
  • May 16 & 19 - Israel Camerata - Tel Aviv Museum of Art 
  • June 6 - Mozart & Berg - Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta 
  • June 13- Tchaikovsky -  Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta 
Friday, 20 April 2012 03:16



Born 1981, Noam Zur is in equally high demand as a guest conductor for both the operatic and the symphonic repertoires. His repertoire includes over 30 operas and more than 250 symphonic works from all styles and periods.

From 2018 Noam Zur is the Chief Conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra of Salta, Argentina
Since 2015, he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the "Tino Pattiera International Opera Arias Festival"
in 2016 was appointed as Principal Guest conductor of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Croatia.

During 2011-2015 he was the Principal Conductor & Artistic Associate with the Kammerphilharmonie Frankfurt.
Previous positions included Principal Resident Conductor at the Aalto Theater Essen (2007 - 2010), Principal Resident Conductor and Deputy Music Director of the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra of Heidelberg (2005-2007).  He was assistant to Maître Pierre Boulez as well as consultant and conductor for the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra (2006-2008).

2016/17 highlights included the CD recording and performance of his own arrangement to Debussy's First book of preludes with the WDR Radio Orchestra (Funkhausorchester) in Cologne, Germany, his return to Xalapa Mexico, The Bucharest National Opera, and other concerts in Israel, Germany, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, Argentina & Romania.
Maestro Noam Zur is also in demand as an arranger and orchestrator. His orchestrations have been performed in Germany, Israel, Mexico and the Netherlands. 

In May 2015 he gave his successful debut with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn. In the 2014-2015 season Noam Zur expanded his work in South and Middle America significantly. He gave his first appearance in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as being engaged as a guest professor in UNCUYO University in Mendoza and the Unviersidad Nacional des Artes in Buenos Aires in October 2014. He was also invited to perform with the orchestra of Xalapa (Mexico, April 2015) and gave his debut at the Baltycka State Opera Gdansk (Poland, March 2015). Additionally, he returned to numerous orchestras and opera companies in Europe and Israel, such as the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the summer of 2013 Zur was a faculty member of the „International Vocal Arts Institute“ (in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera), where he was in charge of a new production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” in Tel-Aviv.

In September 2013 Maestro Noam Zur celebrated his German Radio Début with the WDR Rundfunkorchester (Cologne), gave his debut with the Louisville Orchestra (KY, USA) in November 2013 and appeared for the first time with the ENESCU Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest in January 2014. He also returned, a.o., to the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Camerata, and the Israel Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012-2013 he performed for the first time with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen (Germany), the Orchestre d’Auvergne (France), the Plzeň Radio Philharmonic(Czech Republic) and the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Łódź (Poland) a.o.

In addition to his yearly concerts with the Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania, Romania, he was also a guest professor between 2012 and 2014 at the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy and led masterclasses for conductors and concerts with the academy orchestra.

In August 2012, Zur gave his highly praised North American Début at the Chautauqua Festival in NY, USA, (August 2012).

During the same season he conducted the Kammerphilharmonie Frankfurt at theKulturwald Festival in Bavaria (Die Zauberflöte & Symphony concert with Pianist Daniil Trifonov), the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic,the Jerusalem Radio Symphony Orchestraand gave his débuts with the Israel Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Opera, the Romanian National Opera Iasi, and the National Opera Bucharest, as well as performing with many other orchestras in Europe.

During the previous years, his engagements took Mº Zur for a tour with the Kammerphilharmonie Frankfurt in Israel, as well as on numerous débuts and return visits such as with the Israel Camerata, Thüringer Symphoniker, Netania-Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra and the Musikcollegium Winterthur,  at the Wiener Volksoper with Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, and Hansel und Gretel, with the Bratislava Radio Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milano, and the Northern Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Teplice.

Since 2001, Zur performed in major concert halls and with leading orchestras in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Estonia, Romania, Scandinavia, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Argentina and Israel.


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