The Performers

Ira Givol

Ira Givol is a devoted chamber musician. He plays both modern and baroque cello, as well as the viola da gamba. As a founding member of the Tel Aviv Trio he has won many awards, including the first prize at Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Haute Alsace (France), and prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (Australia), Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition (Italy), the Città di Trapani International Chamber Music Competition (Italy), the Joseph Joachim Competition (Germany), and the Erst-Klassik Competition (Germany). The Tel Aviv Trio was the winner of the 2006 Israeli Ministry of Education award for Chamber Music. He has played in some of the world’s most spectacular concert halls, including the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Wallace Collection in London, the Conde Duque in Madrid, the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, and other major concert halls throughout Israel, Europe, North America, South America, Southeast Asia and Australia. Currently Ira is a member of the “Amber trio” (Jerusalem), as well as a member of the contemporary music ensemble Kaprizma. He has been principle cellist of the Tel Aviv Soloists ensemble since 2007, and joined the “Israeli piano quartet” in 2010.

Ira is a founding member of Trio VIS (cello, flute and piano). The trio is the 2009 winner of the “Boris Pergamenchikov” competition in Berlin, Germany.

Ira has performed as a soloist with Israel’s leading orchestras, including the Israel Symphony Orchestra, The Thelma-Yellin Orchestra, The Israel Conservatory Orchestra, the Young Israeli Philharmonic, and recently with the Tel Aviv Soloists’ Ensemble. As a soloist, Ira is a two-time winner of the Ben-Haim Competition, and The Israel Conservatory of Music Competition.

Ira is a member of the baroque groups, La Mela Di Newton (NYC), and SirMoro (Germany), with whom he won a prize at the Concerto Barocko Competition (Germany). Ira is also playing with several leading baroque groups around the globe, both on Gamba and Cello. Among them are Academia Daniel (Israel), Il Gardellino (Belgium), Koelner Akademie (Germany), “Me La Amargates tu” (The Netherlands). Currently he is the principal cellist of the “Israeli Bach Soloists” baroque group.

Ira is a graduate of the “outstanding young musicians program” of the Jerusalem music center. In 2005-6, he was a student of Lawrence Lesser and Vivian and Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Ira graduated from his studies with Frans Helmerson at the Musikhochschule Köln at 2005, as well as his Baroque Cello and Viola Da Gamba studies with Rainer Zipperling in 2007.

Ira is playing on a Collin Mezin cello, lent to him by the America-Israel cultural foundation.

Matan Porat

Matan Porat’s artistic activity encompasses a wide spectrum of work as a pianist and composer. Matan Porat studied with Emanuel Krasovsky, Maria João Pires and Murray Perahia. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. Winner of the 2009 Prime Minister Award for composers, Porat studied composition with Ruben Seroussi and George Benjamin. An avid chamber musician, Porat has participated in many distinguished festivals including the Marlboro, Ravinia, Verbier, Salzburg and Delft Festivals and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. Other chamber appearances include performances with the Ysaÿe and Jerusalem Quartets, Dorothea Röschmann, Kim Kashkashian, Emmanuel Pahud and members of the Guarneri Quartet.

Porat has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and with all major symphony and chamber orchestras in Israel. He has also performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Barbican in London, and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. His varied concert programme includes Bach’s Goldberg Variations and 6 Partitas, as well as the two monumental Ives sonatas. A passionate performer of contemporary music, Porat has premiered works by Matthias Pintscher, Philippe Schoeller and Gideon Lewensohn, among others. In the 2010/11 season, Porat toured with Peter Brook’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, in a version for piano solo and 7 singers.

Porat’s works have been commissioned by Maria João Pires, Kim Kashkashian, Elena Bashkirova and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, and the AICF’s Spring Competitions, with premieres at the Montpellier, Schleswig-Holstein and Menuhin Gstaad Festivals. David Orlowsky’s CD, featuring Porat’s “Lux Aeterna,” won the ECHO award in 2011; Porat’s piece „Whaam!“, recorded by David Greilsammer for Sony, was released in 2012. Among his performed pieces are an opera, “Animal Farm”; a Requiem; a mandolin concerto; and a musical theatre trilogy for an actor and ensemble based on stories by Kafka, Orwell and Thomas Mann.

Highlights of the 2012/13 season include performances at the Wigmore Hall in London and La Folle Journée in Nantes and Japan, two US tours with Musicians from Marlboro, and solo recitals in Paris, Verona, Japan and at La Roque d’Anthéron.

This season, Porat will record his debut CD – “Variations on a theme by Scarlatti,” a 60-minute programme of pieces from Couperin to Boulez which relate to Scarlatti’s Sonata K. 32 – for the Mirare label.

Roy Amotz

Born in Jerusalem in 1982, Roy Amotz is a soloist and a vivid chamber mucisian, as well as a guest player in various Ensembles and Orchestras throughout Israel and Europe.

Dedicated to promoting new classical music in Israel, Roy is a member of the young and acclaimed “Ensemble Meitar” – founded with the objective of performing and recording contemporary Israeli chamber music.
In addition, Roy has founded two unusual Trios “the Jerusalem Harp Trio” and “Trio Vis”, the latter recently winning the international Pergamenchikow Chamber Music Competition in Berlin.

Roy performed as a soloist with Orchestras in Israel and Germany, and has cooperated with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Israel Opera Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. From September 2007 to July 2008 he was engaged in the Radio Orchestra of South Germany in Freiburg.

A participant of various international music festivals, in the USA and Europe, among them the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart and the Luzern Music Festival. Roy has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchesra since 2005, with which he toured Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

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