Israeli Chamber Project
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the 2017-18 season, the Israeli Chamber Project is a dynamic ensemble comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, that brings together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs both in Israel and abroad. It was named the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award in recognition of its passionate musicianship, creative programming, and commitment to educational outreach. Based both in Israel and in New York, the ensemble was created as a means for its members to give something back to the community where they began their musical education and to showcase Israeli culture, through its music and musicians to concert goers overseas.
The Israeli Chamber Project’s tours have garnered rave reviews (“These players have to be heard to be believed.” – American Record Guide; “A band of world-class soloists…in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” – Time Out New York) and established the ensemble as a major artistic force on both sides of the Atlantic. These tours include appearances on some of the premier chamber music series, whether Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or New York, as well as in remote towns where access to live chamber music is extremely rare. Guest artists on recent ICP tours have included the Guarneri String Quartet’s Michael Tree and Peter Wiley, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, Joshua Smith as well as international soloists Antje Weithaas and Liza Ferschtman.
An important part of the Israeli Chamber Project’s mission is to support emerging Israeli composers by commissioning works specifically for the ensemble. Composers commissioned so far have included Matan Porat, Jonathan Keren, Gilad Cohen, Yohanan Chendler, Amit Gilutz, Zohar Sharon, as well as American composer Lowell Liebermann. Highlights of the 2017-18 season include the ensemble’s first appearances in Hong Kong as well as at major venues across the U.S., including Herbst Theater in San Francisco and Weill Hall at The Green Music Center in Sonoma. The ensemble is thrilled to welcome back violinist Antje Weithaas and premieres a new work by Gilad Cohen.