Violin player (illustrative photo).
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)
On September 3 at the Haifa Auditorium and on September 4 at the Israeli Conservatory of Music on Shtriker Street in Tel Aviv, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble will open its 2016/2017 season with the Feast of Young Soloists concert. It is dedicated to the memory of pianist and teacher Esther Balasha, who passed away 10 years ago. Cellist Danielle Akta (13) and pianists Lior Lipshitz (12) and Amir Ron (15) will perform.
Barak Tal, music director of the Tel Aviv Soloists, says, “The two pianists will play Mozart’s concerti No. 9 and No. 12, while cellist Danielle Akta will perform Kol Nidre by [Max] Bruch. Later, Danielle will join us on our tour to Poland, where she will perform Bruch’s piece and a concerto for cello and orchestra by Haydn. From Poland the ensemble will continue to Latin America to perform with cellist Mischa Maisky. But in Poland, Danielle will be our soloist.”
He explains that working with young musicians is one of the ensemble’s directions.
“Last year we already had three concerts with beginner soloists, but this will be the first time they will appear in a subscription series. If these kids, who are under 18, have a chance to build a solo career in the future, they need to be taught to play with orchestras now. Granted, they come to us prepared by their teachers, but my approach is that of an orchestra conductor,” he says.
The ensemble invites leading local and international musicians for programs that are a mixture of different genres.
“We did that in the past, and the audience liked it. For example, internationally acclaimed German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl will sing pieces by Bach but will later switch to folk songs and a piece by Arvo Part,” he says.
Another example is a concert conducted by Yaron Gottfried with soprano Einat Aronstein.
“Einat will sing familiar arias by Purcell and Handel in the traditional manner and then in special jazz arrangements by Gottfried, as well as Israeli songs. Estonian violinist Andres Mustonen will present a rich program that includes music by Arie Bar Droma,” he adds.
In another direction – chamber pieces originally composed for string quartets and quintets and arranged for a chamber orchestra.
“This is interesting for the audience and is good for our ensemble members. It brings them together,” Tal says.