Zvi Plesser

Israel-based cellist Zvi Plesser performs worldwide with leading orchestras and conductors. A dedicated chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with instrumentalists including the Jerusalem String Quartet, and with the principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has participated in music festivals around the world such as the Marlboro (US), Cervantino (Mexico), Le Pont (Japan), Kuhmo (Finland), Salon de Provence (France) and Rolandseck (Germany). Since 2011 he has been Music Director of the Kfar Blum Upper Galilee Festival. In recent years he has collaborated with Hillel Zori in performing the six solo cello suites by Bach arranged for two cellos. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Zara Nelsova. He teaches at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where he heads the String Department. He gives international masterclasses and workshops, and regularly teaches at the Perlman Music Program in the USA.

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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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