The Israel Camerata Jerusalem
Music Director : Avner Biron
Advisor : Josef Bardanashvili
Carmela Leiman **
Carmela Leiman was born in Lithuania and immigrated to Israel in 1972. Studied and completed her Bachelor and Master degrees with honors at the Tel Aviv Music Academy under Felix Andrievski, Ilona Feher and Yair Kless. As a member of the “Gertler Quartet” she has performed in the U.S.A, Spain, England, France and Germany. In the recent years Carmela took part in many chamber music productions in Israel, as well as the recording of three albums: Israeli Clarinet Quintets with Eli Heifetz, and two CDs dedicated to the music of the Theresienstadt concentration camp. As of 1990 she is the Associate principal violin of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
Denice Djerassi was born and grew up in Finland. She completed her masters degree in music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In Israel she studied with Chaim Taub.
Ensembles and orchestras have taken her to many different countries and she has performed with renowned conductors and musicians.
Now she lives in Nes Ziona with her husband and two daughters.
Matan Dagan began his violin studies with Nava Milo, Ora Shiran and Ira Svetlova. After his military service, as an outstanding musician, he went to study at the Berlin College of Arts. Matan graduated his bachelor's degree with honors.
During the decade from 2002 to 2012 he served as the leading violinist of the Oriol Ensemble in Berlin and in the Kammerakademie orchestra of Potsdam.
In recent years, Matan moved most of his life back to Israel. He became the first violinist of the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and participated as a guest soloist with the Israeli Chamber Project.
At the beginning of 2013 Matan Dagan joined the Israel Camerata Jerusalem as the Principal Violinst.
Natalie Sher *
Nathalie Sher moved to Israel from Moscow in 1990, and since then appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Israel Chamber Orchestra and others, as well as with different chamber ensembles throughout the country and abroad, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Japan.
Nathalie graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, studying with Prof. Maya Glizarova and Prof. Yuri Gandelsman. She is a founding member of “Arato” string trio.
Violinist Roman Yusupov was born in 1966 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (former USSR). He acquired his musical education at the Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Moscow and after immigrating to Israel, at 1990, at the Tel Aviv University Music Academy. Since immigrating to Israel Roman played with "Olim" - Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he joined the Camerata.
Sophia Kirsanova was born in Riga, Latvia. She acquired her musical education at the Latvian Music Academy and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Sophia performed as a soloist in many recitals in Israel and Europe. She participated in the "Israel Festival" and the Kfar Blum Music Festival.
Eduard Reznik **
Eduard Reznik was born in Kishinev, Moldova, in 1969. After immigrating to Israel in 1998, he studied at the Tel Aviv music Academy with Prof. Yaroshevich. In 2005, after 10 years of performing with the Israel Sinfonietta Be’er-Sheva, Eddie began playing with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem for his love of Baroque music and high-quality standards of music making. Eddie is married and a father of three boys. Eddie enjoys Jazz, Cooking and Basketball.
Etien Meneri *
Violinist Etien Meneri was born in 1980 in Tirana, Albania. When he was 11 he immigrated to Israel. Etien acquired his musical education at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and at the Blovk high school for music, Germany. Etien formerly played with the Israel Philharmonic, and then with two German orchestras as principal second violin. In 2011, Etien joined the Israel Camerata.
Keren Shoshani moved to Israel in 1999. She studied in the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, where she graduated her Master degree with Hagai Shaham.
Keren takes part in various festivals and won first prize for chamber music in the Jerusalem Academy, as well as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation award. Since 2008 is a member of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
Violinist Michael Kontsecich was born in 1952 in Kharkiv, Ukraine (former Soviet Union). He acquired his musical education at the Music Academy in his hometown. Michael played in the Past with the Symphony and Philharmonic of Kharkiv, but in 1989 decided that it was time to move to Israel. Michael joined the Israel Camerata when he arrived in Israel as a second violinist. Michael also serves as the administrative manager of the orchestra.
Violist Andrei Shapelnikov was born in 1974 Georgia. He acquired his musical education at the Novgorod Academy which is located in northwest Russia. Andrei immigrated to Israel in December 2006, and a year later began playing with the Raanana Symphonette orchestra. In 2008 Andrei joined the Camerata.
Boris Rimmer was born in 1977 in Kazakhstan. He began studying violin at the age of seven at the States Higher School of Music. After graduating he moved to Israel, and continued his studies in violin and viola at the Buchman-Mehta music school. He appeared with the Young Philharmonic Orchestra and participated in numerous chamber music projects. In 2005-2006 he served as a leader violist with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra and in 2006-2009 with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Starting 2009 he is a member of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
Violist Doron Alperin was born in 1978 in Petach Tikva. Doron studied at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts and after graduation he served as an outstanding musician in the IDF. Doron got his first degree in viola at the Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv. He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and in the Rostock University of Music for his Master's degree. Doron has a lot of orchestral experience in Israel and abroad. He played with the Israel Pilharmonic, the Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia (London), the London Symphony Orchestrta and more. Doron teaches viola and violin at the Rehovot Municipal Conservatory. He joined the Camerata on January of 2012.
Michael Plaskov *
Michael Plaskov was born in the former Soviet Union. He began his studies at the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatory in Moscow under the guidance of Felix Andriivsky and continued his studies at Gensin – the National College of Music in Moscow. Michael Played with the National Opera of Moscow. In the years 1981 to 1989 he played with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
In 1989 he moved to Israel. Since 1996 Michael plays as a permanent member of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
Alex Sinelnikov **
Alexander Sinelnikov holds a PhD degree in cello performance from the Rimsky-Korsakov National Academy of Music in St. Petersburg. He taught in the same Academy, was a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, and later a member of the Symphonic Orchestra at The Kirov Theatre. Alexander came to Israel in 1990, joined the Chamber Ensemble “Galilee Soloists”, and a few years later, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem. He has toured the country and the world with the orchestra.
Marina Katz *
Marina Katz was born in Riga, Latvia. She began her cello studies at the age of six at the "Emils Darzins" special music school, under the guidance of Professor Eleonora Tstltz. As a young cellist Marina participated in many international festivals and competitions. In Israel Marina finished with honors her first degree at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and continued to graduate her masters' degree at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance under the guidance of Prof. Emanuel Gruber. Marina appeared as a soloist with many orchestras. She is currently the principal cellist of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
Zvi Orleansky *
Cellist Zvi Orleansky was born in Israel in 1973. He began his cello studies at the age of eight with Marcel Bergmann. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, and a prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory's in Boston. He performed as a soloist with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Rishon Lezion symphony orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra - Ramat Gan, the Hadera Classic Orchestra and with the Carter Symphony Orchestra. Today Zvi is the principal cellist of the Israel Camerata Orchestra.
Dmitri Rozenzweig *
Bass player Dmitri Rozenzweig was born on February of 1973. He acquired his musical education in several music academies such as: Irkutsk (Russia) Musical College and the Novosibirsk State Musical Conservatoire. Before moving to Israel, Dmitri played with the Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic Society and the Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society. He joined the Camerata as principal bass player in 2001.
Esti Rofe *
Flutist Esti Rofe' was born in Israel in 1976. She graduated from the Buchmann-Mehta school in Tel Aviv in 2000. Esti's completed her masters cum laude at the Music school in Munich. Esti was recorded in television networks in Israel and abroad, including the German radio station SWR and the Danish radio and television. Esti Rofe' serves as the principal flutist of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
Muki Zohar *
Muki Zohar was born in 1973 in Tel Aviv. He began studying oboe with Smadar Shazar. He obtained a BA in performing at the Music Academy in Amsterdam with Jan Sfronk. Muki continued his graduate studies on full scholarship at the University of Minnesota With Basil Reeve. Muki has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta. He participated in chamber ensembles with Trio "Erato" and the new Israeli ensemble. Since 2000 he serves as the principal oboist at the Israel Camerata Jerusalem with which he also appears as soloist. Muki plays on an oboe that was purchased with the help of the "America Israel Cultural Foundation".
Ori Meiraz plays the oboe & English horn in the Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra since 1999. In the last few years, he moderates children and youth chamber music concerts in a project of the Ministry of Education and the Camerata.
In addition to his musical activities, Ori Meiraz works as a certified Elbaum therapist, accompanying children and adults dealing with different functional deficiencies. Ori lives in Tel Aviv with his partner Patrice, their dogs Billy & Lalique as well as the cat Shimshon.
Kristijonas Grigas was born in 1983 in Vilnius, Lithuania. He received his bachelor degree at Lithuanian Academy of Music. His studies continued in the Royal Danish Academy and the Malmö Academy of Music, where he finished his master degree. In 2009 he came to Israel and entered Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Kristijonas joined the Israel Camerata Jerusalem in 2010.
Maurizio Paez *
Maurizio Paez was born in Costa Rica. His orchestral experience began at the age of 17, when he was offered the principal bassoon position at the National Symphony of Costa Rica. Since then he held principal positions in various Israeli orchestras. For a decade he played as solo bassoonist of the New Israeli Opera Orchestra under the batons of Maazel, Mehta, Gergiev and Abbado.
As a chamber music player he has collaborated with Shlomo Mintz, Maurice Bourgue and Frank Bauman. He participated in important festivals: SchleswigHolstein, the Red Sea Festival, Israel Festival, and more.
Paez now holds the principal Bassoon position at the Israel Camerata-Jerusalem he is also a founding member of the New Israel Woodwind Quintet and a teacher in the Rubin Academy of Music at the Tel Aviv University.
Alon Reuven *
Alon Reuven began his horn studies at the age of ten, with Mr. Yaacov Kling. His first solo debut, at the age of twelve, was the first link in a chain of solo performances, in Israel and abroad. Alon has performed as a chamber player in all the leading chamber music series and festivals. Apart from being the principal horn of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Alon is active as a session player and as such he has recorded a contemporary jazz CD with "Yedid" ensemble and participated in the recording of several rock CD's. Alon Reuven is playing on a horn which was purchased with the help of the Israeli American cultural fund. His first solo CD, “Hornquest”, has been released recently by the British label Meridian.
Timpani and Percussion
Karen Phenpimon Zehavi
A native of California, USA, Karen Phenpimon holds degrees in music from the University of California and State University of New York with a concentration in new music for solo percussion and percussion ensemble. She has appeared as a percussionist, timpanist and drummer throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and the Middle East. Since moving to Tel Aviv in 1993, Karen has performed regularly with all of the important Israeli orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, in festivals such as the Israel Festival and Chamber Music Days Kfar Blum as well as with chamber groups such as the Barrocade, Tel Aviv Soloists, Musica Nova and the 21st Century Ensemble. She has recorded for American, German and Israeli Radio as well as for CD, feature film and documentaries.
Honorary fellow violonist
Arnold Kobiliansky was born in Moscow. In 1971 he completed his masters degree at the Gnessin Music Institute, studying with professor Petr Bondarenko. In 1971-1973 he served as the soloist of the "Rosconcert" Ancient Music Ensemble. In 1973 he was invited to the famous Moscow Chamber orchestra conducted by Rudolf Barshai, where he worked until his immigration to Israel in 1990. Between 1992-2013, Arnold Kobiliansky served as the concertmaster of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem. He also performed as a soloist with the orchestra and participated in musical festivals in France and Germany. Today Kobiliansky is a honorary fellow violinist of the orchestra.
* Principal player
** Assistent principal