Viola recital featuring Amihai Grosz – 1st principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic

The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is privileged to present the 1st principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Amihai Grosz in a recital with pianist Yaron Rosenthal on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 8:00pm at the Convent Ballroom.

Amihai Grosz, born in 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, initially learned to play the violin at the age of 5, before switching to the viola at age 11. In Jerusalem, he was taught by David Chen, later by Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as in Jerusalem by Haim Taub, who had a formative influence on him. Amihai Grosz received scholarships through the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation and was a member of the “Young Musicians Group” of the Jerusalem Music Center, a program for outstanding young musical talents. This gave him the opportunity, at a very young age, to work with renowned artists such as Isaac Stern or the Guarneri Quartet. He won 1st prize in the Braun Roger Siegel Competition of the University of Jerusalem and received the renowned Gottesman Prize for Viola in the Aviv Competition, the most prominent competition in Israel.

Amihai Grosz works, in solo and in chamber music projects, with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Mitsuko Uchida, Oleg Maisenberg, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and David Geringas; he performs in concert houses and at festivals all over the world, including at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Delft Festival, Salon Festival and Verbier Festival, at the BBC Proms, in the Bahnhof Rolandseck, at the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, at Spectrum Concerts Berlin and at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

After 10 years of professional work, 2010 marks the start of something new for Amihai Grosz: Beginning in the 2010/11 season, Grosz is the Principal Violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, an orchestra with which he has worked on various projects in recent years.

Yaron Rosenthal is member of Piano Faculty, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Member, with Roi Shiloah and Ariel Tushinsky, of the internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Trio. He has played as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, National Orchestra of RAI, Turin, Calgary Philharmonic, Santiago de Chile Philharmonic, the Camerata Virtuosi of New York, and other orchestras. Rosenthal has given recitals and participated in chamber-music concerts in Israel, Europe, North and South America, Australia, and South Africa. Among his professional awards: the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood, Italian Government Award for the Arts, and special fellowship from Banff Center, Canada. Studied with Benjamin Oren and Pnina Salzman in Israel and with Murray Perahia in London.

Programme:
J.S. Bach – Sonata No 1 in G major
E. Bloch – Hebrew melody, for viola and piano
R. Schumann – Fantasy Pieces Op.73
F. Schubert – Arpeggione Sonata in A minor

Tickets priced at £20.00 are available from Sacarello’s coffee shop – restaurant in Irish Town and The Silver Shop at 222 Main Street or online at http://www.buytickets.gi
A limited number of tickets at £10.00 are available to senior citizens and students via the John Mackintosh Hall at 308 Main Street. Further information on + 350 200 72134 or http://www.philharmonic.gi.