Clarinettist, composer and conductor, Jörg Widmann studied clarinet with Gerd Starke in Munich and Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School, New York. He has performed with leading orchestras including the Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Tonhalle-Orchester (Zurich), National Symphony (Washington), Vienna Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, and Toronto Symphony orchestras, under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach …

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Highlights for Stephen Waarts this season include return visits to the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, and debuts with the Szczecin Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Slovak Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, and Oulu Symphony orchestras. He will perform with the Luzerner Sinfonie, give recital concerts during his Verbier residency, and collaborate with Sir …

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Astrig Siranossian, First Prizewinner of the Krzystof Penderecki International Cello Competition, and several times winner of the competition’s Special Prize, has performed as soloist with leading orchestras under conductors including Daniel Barenboim and Simon Rattle. Her musical partners include Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Sol Gabetta, Bertrand Chamayou and Daniel Ottensamer. Her recent recording as soloist …

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Chief Conductor designate of the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, commencing summer 2019, and Music Director of the Munich Chamber Opera since 2011, Nabil Shehata began his conducting career in 2006, encouraged and mentored by Daniel Barenboim. Following his critically acclaimed debut in 2007 he has conducted orchestras world-wide, including the Berlin Radio Symphony, Düsseldorf Symphony, Ljubljana Radio …

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Winner of the 2010 Indianapolis Violin Competition, Clara-Jumi Kang has carved out an international career performing with leading orchestras and conductors across Asia and Europe. Other accolades include first prizes at the Seoul Violin Competition (2009) and the Sendal Violin Competition (2010). She has performed with leading orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Chamber, Kremerata …

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Kathrin Rabus studied in Basel with Sandor Zöldy, in Tel Aviv with Piotr Bondarenko, in New York with Dorothy DeLay, and in masterclasses with Henryk Szeryng, Nathan Milstein and Gidon Kremer. In 1979 she won the Young Soloists Award (Germany) and in 1987 the Tibor Varga Violin Competition. In 1988 she was appointed Concertmaster of …

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Romanian-born Mihaela Martin began violin studies with her father at the age 5, continuing with Stefan Gheorghiu. She has won numerous international competitions, including top prizes at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the First International Violin Competition in Indianapolis. She has performed with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Mozarteum Salzburg and Leipzig …

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Born in Sion, Switzerland, Madeleine Carruzzo studied with Tibor Varga at the Music Academy of Detmold and served as Concertmaster of the orchestra from 1978-1981. In 1982 she became the first woman to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, then under the direction of Herbert von Karajan. She has performed as soloist with various orchestras, and …

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Born in 1989 in France to a family of musicians, Adrien began playing piano and viola at age 4. He studied with Jean Sulem at the Paris Conservatoire, continuing with Tatiana Masurenko and Tabea Zimmerman. He has won numerous international prizes including the Primrose, Tertis and Brahms competitions, and awards from the ‘Fondation Lagardère’, L’Or …

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Born in Russia in 1986, Denis Kozhukhin studied piano from age five, first with his mother, then under Natalia Fish at the Balakirev School, and at the Reina Sofia School, Madrid, under Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein, and at the Lake Como Piano Academy. In 2010 he won …

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With deepest regret, we announce that this year’s Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, which was due to take place from 31 August to 4 September, has been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. Sadly, it is not possible for us to welcome the artists in compliance with the current quarantine regulations and for the first time in our twenty-four year history we are obliged to cancel the Festival.

We know how painful this is for the artists who are now unable to perform, for our audiences who were looking forward so much to this Festival, and for us, the Festival team who were working so hard to realise these wonderful concerts despite the ongoing health crisis. 
We look forward very much to seeing you all next year, our dear musicians and audiences. 

Elena Bashkirova, Musical Director

Yeheskel Beinisch, Chairman

Uri Dror, Producer

and the Festival team

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