Emanuele Silvestri

Emanuele Silvestri, currently Principal Cello of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, was also recently appointed Principal Cello of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Before moving to Israel he was for 8 years Principal Cello at the La Fenice Orchestra (Venice) where he was co-founder of the La Fenice String Quartet, and participated in the Biennale di Venezia Festival. In Israel he joined the Israel String Quartet. He served as Principal Cello of the Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino and La Scala di Milano orchestras. He has appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras including the IPO, La Scala di Milano, Basel Symphony and Periggi Musicali di Milano, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Christopher Hogwood, Diego Matheuz and Gustavo Dudamel. He was awarded first prizes in Italy and abroad in cello competitions, and second prize at the Domnik International Cello Competition (Stuttgart 1996).

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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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