Eilat Chamber Music Festival
February 24th – March 1st, 2014
Eilat Chamber Music Festival is one of the leading international festivals in Israel and regularly achieves great success and raving reviews in Israel and abroad. The festival attracts every year great audiences from all around Israel and the world.
In recent years the festival hosted renowned artists and productions, including Hollywood star John Malkovich with the musical drama "The Infernal Comedy" accompanied by the Wiener Akademie Orchestra; Gabrieli Consort and Players with conductor Paul McCreesh; the chamber orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, soloists Julian Rachlin, Maxim Vengerov, Natalia Guttman, Pieter Wiespelwey, Franz Helmersohn, actor Sir Roger Moore, and many others.
The Ninth Eilat Festival will take place in 2014 between February 24th and March 1st and like every year, will host new productions from all over the world, renowned international soloists and unique collaborations.
The British baroque ensemble "Red Priest" will collaborate with an Israeli dance company (TBA), in a new production based on Vivaldi's Four Seasons that will include choreography and multimedia. Red Priest is named after the famous nick name of Antonio Vivaldi and offers theatrical baroque concerts, full of humour and charm. The ensemble will also give a programme dedicated to the music of Handel that will be offered to the whole family.
More from England: Brodsky Quartet, famous for its performances with Elvis Costello and Bjork, will present their new project "Trees, Wall, Cities" - a newly commissioned song cycle with mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg, linking Derry~Londonderry, the City of London, Utrecht, Berlin, Vienna, Dubrovnik, Nicosia and Jerusalem in creative reconciliation. A theme running through the texts will be trees – symbolic of life, freedom, nourishment, environment, building and peace. Each walled city in the cycle calls to mind a particular tree.
Art Jazz Quartet from Estonia, with the violinist Andres Mustonen, will give a jazzy programme based on J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. Bach's Well Tempered Piano will also be presented in a recital of the renowned pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar, from South Africa.
The festival will host, for the first time in Israel, the Chamber Orchestra Province from Russia, conducted by Igor Lerner. The orchestra will give two concerts featuring concerti for violin, piano, cello and trumpet played by the festival's soloists. The famous trumpet player Jens Lindemann will arrive from the USA to perform classical as well as gypsy music. Another "cross-over" concert will
include the cello-accordion duo of Francois Salque and Vincent Peirani, with a late-night prorgamme of Jazz, Gypsy and World music.
The impressive soloists list will include violinists Chloe Hanslip, Ani Schnarch and Anton Barakhovsky; cellists Torleif Thedeen and Francois Salque; pianists Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Danny Driver and Amir Katz; trumpeter Jens Lindemann and accordion player Vincent Peirani. Part of the festival's soloists, that also teach in important music academies in the world, will give master-classes to excellent music students in Israel and abroad. They will be joined by other teachers. For the first time the festival will offer a conductors' seminar by the Israeli conductor Lior Shambadal. The master-classes and concluding concert will be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra Province.