Lahav Shani

Conductor

Pinchas Zukerman

Violin

Amanda Forsyth

Cello

Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Cello Sonata No 2 in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op 97, “Archduke Trio”

Tsinandali Festival

2021 September 8-19
Third Edition

9

September, 2021

Thursday

12:00
Amphiteatre

Coming soon

Program

Lahav Shani / piano
Pinchas Zukerman / violin
Amanda Forsyth / cello

Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Cello Sonata No 2 in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op 97, “Archduke Trio”

Biographies

Lahav Shani

Lahav Shani
Conductor

 

Lahav Shani has established himself as one of the most talked about young conducting talents making a huge impression with his astonishing maturity and natural, instinctive musicality. In September 2018 he takes over as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, succeeding Yannick Nézet-Séguin and becoming the youngest Chief Conductor in the orchestra’s history. In the 2020/21 season, Shani will succeed Zubin Mehta as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and will be the orchestra’s Music Director Designate from 2019/20.

In the 2017/18 season, Shani became Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, following a number of appearances with the orchestra since his debut in May 2015, including a major European tour in January 2016. Shani also works regularly with the Berlin Staatskapelle, both at the Berlin Staatsoper and also for symphonic concerts. In spring 2019 he will return to conduct “Don Giovanni” at the Berlin Staatsoper.

Recent and upcoming highlights as a guest conductor include engagements with the Vienna Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Shani’s close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic started in 2007 when he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta and continued in the following years as both a pianist and also as a double-bass player. Shani was born in Tel Aviv in 1989 and started his piano studies aged six with Hannah Shalgi, continuing with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. He went on to complete his studies in conducting with Prof. Christian Ehwald and piano with Prof. Fabio Bidini, both at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Whilst a student he was mentored by Daniel Barenboim. In 2013 he won First Prize in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg.

As a pianist Shani made his solo recital debut at the Boulez Saal in Berlin in July 2018. He has play-directed piano concerti with many orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Recent concerto engagements include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon with the Israel Philharmonic. Shani also has considerable experience performing chamber music appearing recently at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Verbier Festival.

Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman
Violin

 

With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought after and versatile musicians – violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums for which he gained two Grammy® awards and 21 nominations. In his most recent post, he has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years.

Highlights of the 2020-2021 season include performances with the Dallas, Utah, Palm Beach, and Stamford Symphonies, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. With the Zukerman Trio, he performs at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, CA, Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, OK, and internationally in Barcelona, Madrid and Girona, Spain.  Additional performances include virtual recitals with the Zukerman Trio for People’s Symphony Concerts and with Shai Wosner for Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

The 2019-2020 season included a US tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as guest appearances with the Boston, Atlanta and Prague Symphonies and Berlin Staatskapelle. In his fifth season as Artist-in-Residence of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he toured with the ensemble to China and Korea, and recently premiered Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, written for Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth. Subsequent performances of the important new work took place at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, and in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, where Zukerman serves as Conductor Emeritus.  In chamber music, he traveled with the Zukerman Trio for performances throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, and joined longtime friend and collaborator Daniel Barenboim for a cycle of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, presented in a three-concert series in Berlin.

Amanda Forsyth

Amanda Forsyth
Cello

 

Canadian Juno award-winning cellist Amanda Forsyth is considered among her peers and critics alike to be one of the most dynamic cellists on the concert stage today. Describing a recent performance, California’s Ventura County Star raves: “In Forsyth’s hands, it was sheer magic.” She has achieved an international reputation as a premiere soloist and chamber musician and previously enthralled audiences as the principal cellist of both The Calgary Philharmonic and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestras. Her intense richness of tone, exceptional musicality and passion are reminiscent of cellists of a former age. She captivates audiences with every phrase.

Ms. Forsyth has been soloist on international tours with: The Royal Philharmonic; English Chamber Orchestra; Seoul Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. Among others, she has appeared abroad with: Orchestra Radio de France; Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra; Calgary Philharmonic; Toronto Symphony; National Arts Centre Orchestra; Vancouver Symphony; Luxembourg Philharmonic; Gyeonggi Philharmonic; Teatro San Carlo and Seoul Philharmonic. With multiple tours in Australia, she has performed with the Sydney, Perth and Adelaide Symphonies. In the U.S., she has performed with: The Chicago Symphony; Washington National Symphony; San Diego Symphony; Colorado Symphony; San Antonio Symphony; Madison Symphony; Oregon Symphony; New West Symphony; Grand Rapids Symphony and Dallas Symphony. She has appeared on tour and in St Petersburg numerous times with the Marinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut was conducted by Zubin Mehta and Ms. Forsyth made her Carnegie Hall debut with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.