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  • Krzysztof Penderecki



    Today is the 87th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki, the great Polish composer who passed away in March of this year.

    In his honor and memory we have recorded a world premiere of the Sonata for Cello and Piano – an adaptation of his Sonata no. 1 for Violin and Piano. It was arranged by Marcin Zdunik at the beginning of this year with the encouragement and blessing of Penderecki prior to his death. Penderecki was supposed to be the guest of honor at the "Musical Bridges Festival", a collaborative effort between the Beethoven Festival, Poland, and the Israel Camerata Jerusalem. The piece will be included in the opening concert of the Musical Bridges Festival that will take place this upcoming weekend (November 28-29) between Chopin's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 2 and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Due to Covid 19, the festival will be digitally broadcast.

    Virtual tickets and additional information for this digital festival can be found here:

    This recording is performed by:
    Zvi Plesser cello
    Bishara Harouny piano




  • Musical Bridges - Israel Poland




    Dear Subscribers and friends of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem,


    We are keeping busy these days, and were very happy to receive your enthusiastic and moving responses to the activities we held this month.


    Many have asked if we intend to begin collecting fees for the upcoming 20-21 season; we would like to reassure and make clear to you that we have no intention of renewing  subscriptions until the current situation is more stable clarified and we are able to renew the concert season without interruption.


    It is our hope to return to regular activity as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we are happy to invite you to take part in our digital festival "Musical Bridges - Israel Poland" November 28-29. The festival will be held in collaboration with the Beethoven Festival, Poland and the Polish Ministry of Culture.


    Tickets for this festival are free and part of the 2019-20 season for our orchestra members. Registration:


    Tickets you may find here:




    The festival will be open for viewing 2 weeks following the date of its broadcast. The link you will receive is a personal one and is not transferable! Couples, families and other capsules (pods) can register once.


    What’s in the program?


    Musical Bridges 1 – Beethoven’s Seventh


    Saturday, 29.11.20 at 20:00



    The Israel Camerata Jerusalem


    Avner Biron, conductor


    Bishara Harouny, piano


    Zvi Plesser, cello



    Frederic Chopin (1810–1849) -  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 2 in F minor, op. 21 


    Krzystof Penderecki (1933–2020) -  Sonata for Violin and Piano (1953), arranged by Marcin Zdunik for Cello and Piano 


    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) -  Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92


    Musical Bridges 2 – The Polish Connection


    Sunday, 29.11.20 at 20:00



    The Israel Camerata Jerusalem


    Avner Biron, conductor


    David Radzynski, violin


    Zvi Plesser, cello



    Krzystof Penderecki (1933–2020) - Three Pieces in Old Style (1963) 


    Jan Radzynski (b. 1950) - Concerto for Violin, Cello and String Orchestra (2017) 


    Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) -  Symphony no. 78 in C minor 




    We hope to have you there with us,


    The Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra

  • Update regarding tonight's concert in Jerusalem


    Dear subscribers,

    Due to the decision of the Government to close cultural institutions, the Camerata concert scheduled to take place in Jerusalem this evening at 20:00 has been canceled.

    We are pleased to announce that a recording of the concert (that took place on Sunday July 5) will be broadcast this evening on Kan - Voice of Music radio network, the Orchestra's website and our Facebook page at 20:00.

    We hope to see you at a later date this summer.

  • Open Rehearsal - January 15, 2020


    The Camerata held an open rehearsal of the "Viola Takes Center Stage" with the participation of Amihai Grosz, principal violinist of the Berlin Philharmonic and conductor, Boian Videnoff (Germany) on January 15.

    Schubert's Symphony No 5 and "Arpeggione" were performed.

    The event took place in the Community Center in French Hill and was attended by students from: "Ibda" Art School in East Jerusalem, "Be'er" Elementary School and Ulpana Tzivia for the Arts.

    The pieces were presented to the students by Dr. Ron Merhavi and violinist Amihai Grosz.


  • Auditions for permanent positions, March 16, 2020


    The Israel Camerata Jerusalem

     Announces auditions for permanent positions

    playing the following instruments:

    Viola (principal)

    Auditions will be held on March 16, 2020 starting at 10:30

    The Wix Auditorium, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot

    Audition books can be downloaded from:


    Please send your CV by email

    or by fax: 02-5020504

    For more information: 02-5020503

  • Season Opening Concert!


    Join us to a festive opening concert with two Masterpieces - Bach's Mass and Mozart's Requiem 

  • NEW - CDs on our website


    Free striming of the Camerata's CDs on our website