Mark Gilenson

Born in Latvia in 1991, Mark Gilenson immigrated to Israel in 1992. He studied violin from the age of five, moving to double bass at the age of 14. He graduated from the Thelma Yellin School, where he served as Principal Bass in the school orchestra, also performing as soloist. He served in the IDF as an Outstanding Musician. He studied with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Bass Teddy Kling, and at the Schola Cantorum (Basel) where he specialised in Romantic performance practices and worked with local Swiss orchestras. Since 2009 he has been double bass coach of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently works at the Jerusalem Music Centre as programme coordinator. While also teaching double bass at the Raman Gan Conservatory. He is the founder and Musical Director of the ZeitGeister Quintet. Mark has received scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Mark Rich Foundation, and the Maja Sacher Foundation.

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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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