Founded in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project brings together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs both in Israel and abroad. A dynamic ensemble comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, the Israeli Chamber Project was named the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award in recognition of its passionate musicianship, creative programming, and commitment to educational outreach. Based both in Israel and in New York, the ensemble was created as a means for its members to give something back to the community where they began their musical education and to showcase Israeli culture, through its music and musicians to concert goers overseas. Among its members are prize-winners at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Russia, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition.
The Israeli Chamber Project’s tours have garnered rave reviews (“These players have to be heard to be believed.” –American Record Guide; “A band of world-class soloists…in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” -Time Out New York) and established the ensemble as a major artistic force on both sides of the Atlantic. These tours include appearances on some of the premier chamber music series, whether Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or New York, as well as in remote towns where access to live chamber music is extremely rare. Guest artists on recent ICP tours have included the Guarneri String Quartet’s Michael Tree and Peter Wiley, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, Joshua Smith.
A strong advocate for music education, the ICP has partnered with several conservatories and educational institutions in order to offer lessons and masterclasses to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds, many of whom have little or no opportunity to work with internationally recognized musicians.
An important part of the Israeli Chamber Project’s mission is to support emerging Israeli composers by commissioning works specifically for the ensemble. Composers commissioned so far have included Matan Porat, Jonathan Keren, Gilad Cohen, Yohanan Chendler, Amit Gilutz, Zohar Sharon, as well as American composer Lowell Liebermann.
In North America, the Israeli Chamber Project has appeared at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Morgan Library & Museum, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, and at Symphony Space in New York City, the Morrison Artists Series in San Francisco, Carmel Music Society, The Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, and Ottawa’s Chamberfest, among others, and has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and WQXR radio’s Young Artist Showcase. The ensemble’s debut CD, Opus 1, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim. Writing for American Record Guide, Gil French noted “These players have to be heard to be believed”, and “These musicians…make music both as soloists and as an ensemble with the technical perfection of a Heifetz and the musicality of the most mature players.”
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include the ensemble’s first concerts in China, the continuation of its Merkin Concert Hall series in New York city, as well as a return to the Morgan Library & Museum in New York for a program centered around Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, in a new arrangement commissioned by the ensemble. The ensemble embarks on three tours of Israel, where it will be joined by celebrated German violinist Antje Weithaas in January, 2016.
Continuing its strong commitment to education the ICP holds master classes for students at the Kaufman Center’s Special Music High School while continuing its relationship with a number of conservatories across Israel. Its programs will continue to feature new music, presenting the works of Gilad Hochman, Zohar Sharon, and Mordecai Seter.
The Israeli Chamber Project is dedicated to bringing a unique musical experience to a worldwide audience. To that end, we:
- Present the public with the highest quality chamber music performances
- Feature both classic and rarely heard chamber masterworks side by side with newly commissioned music by Israeli composers
- Perform at major concert venues as well as in remote locations where the public does not often have the opportunity to experience live chamber music concerts
- Provide educational outreach programs including masterclasses and lessons to underprivileged communities
- Increase the audience’s understanding of, and therefore involvement, with music by providing commentary from the stage