24 May 2017 - 28 Iyyar 5777 - כ"ח אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition E-mail

The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition will take place between 25 April and 11 May, with the opening concert due to be held for the first time at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.

The competition was founded in 1974 on the initiative of Yaakov Bistritzky, after Rubinstein agreed to lend his name to the event. The idea was to unite the artistic legacy of Arthur Rubinstein with the cultural life of Israel.

The Arthur Rubinstein Competition sets high standards and provides an international stage to promote the careers of talented young pianists. The jury’s task is to choose pianists of the highest order, with intellectual maturity and emotional expression, who can handle diverse styles and whose unique musical personality raises them above their peers.

This year’s competition will host 32 competitors (eight female and 24 male), from 16 countries, with seven coming from China. There are three Israeli competitors: Tomer Gewirtzman (27), Yevgeny Yontov (28) and Rafael Skorka (28) and the youngest competitor is nearly 18 (South Korea). The first two stages consist of solo piano recitals; in the finals, competitors will play chamber music, classical concertos and “grand” concertos.

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Ingathering – exhibition of Israeli art E-mail

A comprehensive new group exhibition titled Ingathering opened in March at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Rappaport Prize for a Young/Established Israeli Artist. The exhibition will continue until 2 September.

The exhibition reviews a decade of the prize and features new works, including some that are on display for the first time, alongside previous ones by the 20 prize laureates.

In 2006, the Bruce & Ruth Rappaport Foundation established a prize awarded annually to two Israeli artists—one established and one young – with the aim of promoting Israeli art. The solo exhibitions of both recipients are held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and are accompanied by an extensive catalogue.

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Vanessa-Mae and Salut Salon to take centre stage in Israel E-mail

Lovers of classical and pop music are in for a treat if they plan to visit Israel in April or May, as they can take advantage of two special concert events taking place then.

Salut Salon, an all-female chamber music quartet from Germany, will be performing in four venues around the country from 19 to 22 April, and British/ Singaporean classical violinist Vanessa-Mae will perform at the Caesarea Amphitheater on 18 May.

Salut Salon, founded in 2002, redefines the conventional chamber music concert, which traditionally features two violinists, a cellist and a pianist. They have been called “The Harlem Globetrotters of string quartets” for the twists, turns and humour that they have woven into their performances. Angelika Bachmann and Iris Siegfried (violin), Anne-Monika von Twardowski (piano) and Sonja Lena Schmid (cello) know better than any other chamber music ensemble how to seduce their audience with passionate virtuosity, instrumental acrobatics, charm and a great sense of fun. They will be performing in Israel for the first time with their show A Carnival of the Animals and Other Fantasies.

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