Violist and Conductor

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the former Solo Violist of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Zvi Carmeli performs through out the world as a violist simultaneously engaging in an intensive career as a conductor.




Carmeli has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the European Community Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Phil., Philharmonia Gorzowa Poland, Kuopio Symphony Finland, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra Lithuania, Jerusalem Israel Camerata, Harmonices Mundi Orchestra Linz and the Salzburg Chamber Soloists.

He was the founder of the SoLaRe String Trio - 1st prize winner of the Netherlands Impresaariat Chamber Music competition, performing extensively through out Europe and the U.S.A. in venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Herkules Hall Munich, the 92nd St. Y New York and the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.

Carmeli has Participated in chamber music festivals such as Festivo-Finland, Rosklide "Schubertiade"-Denmark, Prussia Cove-Engalnd, Amadeo- Holland, Ars Musica- Belgium, Moab-U.S.A, Emilia Romagna-Italy and Kfar Blum-Israel. He has collaborated in performance with Violinists Vadim Repin, Benjamin Schmid, Hagai Shaham, Nora Chastain and Rainer Honek, Cellists Robert Cohen, Paul Watkins and Yehuda Hannani, Violists Rivka Golani and Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pianists Homero Francesch , Enrico Pace and Gianluca Cascioli, and ensembles such as the Amsterdam chamber music society, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Budapest Accademica Quartet, and the Mendelssohn Piano Trio Berlin.

Carmeli has recorded a variety of chamber music for Divox, Edel Classics, Ottavo, Ars Nova, Kontrapunkt and the KAM Amsterdam Concertgebouw series, along with recordings for Dutch, Spanish, German, American and Israeli Radio and Television productions.

Carmeli teaches Viola and Chamber Music at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance, and also holds a position as chamber music teacher and conductor at the Universität der Künste (UDK) - Julius Stern Institute, Berlin.

He regularly gives master classes at courses such as the Lenk Sommer Academie - Switzerland, "Pro Bono" - Poland, "Stage" - Spain, "Musica Mundi" - Belgium, "Peter de Groot" - Holland, "Viersener musiksommer" Germany, "Ambientazionimusicali" - Italy and the Jerusalem Music Center Summer Courses & "Itzchak Perlman Project" - Israel.



During the years as Principal Violist of the Netherlands Radio Phil. in Holland Carmeli studied the art of conducting at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Since 1996 He has been intensively involved in conducting large ensembles, chamber and symphonic orchestras.

Carmeli's conducting activities have included collaboration with solo artists such as Ivry Gitlis with the Collegium Musicum orchestra at Tivoli Hall Kopenhagen, Julian Rachlin and Boris Kuschnir with the Soestenberg Festival Orchestra Holland and Benjamin Schmid and Alexander Kerr with the Savo Festival Orchestra in Kuopio, Finland.

He is the Founder and Conductor of the Berlin Chamber Soloists, an ensemble comprised of a dynamic international mix of some of Berlin's finest young Musicians. The Ensemble has performed in prestigious festivals such as the "Emillia Romagna Festival", "Le dieci giornate della musica" Brescia , "Festival delle nazioni" Citta di castello and has collaborated with soloists such as Shlomo Mintz, Massimo Quarta, Andrea Bachetti and Massimo Mercelli. The BCS has released the album "Bach to me" - a revisiting of J.S. Bach 5th Brandenburg Concerto by jazz pianist and composer Cesare Picco - with the Berlin Edel classics label.

Carmeli has appeared as Resident Conductor at the "Perugia Music Festival" Orchestra as well as the "Kfar Blum festival" orchestra Israel, and has performed as guest conductor of the Salzburg Chamber Soloists chamber orchestra at the "Chiari Festival" Italy and the "Schubertiade Festival" in Roskilde Denmark.

Carmeli is passionately involved in playing and conducting contemporary music - he has conducted various projects with the Caprizma ensemble for modern music Israel, conducted a performance of "Pierrot Lunaire" by A. Schoenberg at the Tel Aviv Museum with a live recording on Israeli National radio , conducted works by Betty Olivero and Anatolijus Senderovas at a festival for contemporary music in Muenster Germany and conducted the Israeli Army Chamber Orchestra at the Palazzo Reale hall in Milano at the "Omanut 2006" Exhibition in a concert celebrating the last 50 years of composition by Modern Israeli Composers.

In 2005 Carmeli was appointed as chief conductor of the UDK (Universitaet der Kunste) Berlin - Julius Stern Institut Orchestra, and orchestra with which he regurlarly concertizes in halls such as the Philharmonie Berlin and the UDK Grosse Sall Berlin. October 18, 2015 Carmeli will be conducting an orchestra of highly gifted young musicians comprised from five Institutions from Finland, Russia, Israel, Germany and England in a Symposium hosted by the UDK Hochschule Julius Stern Institut in Berlin -

Since 2011 Carmeli has been conducting projects as guest Professor conductor of the Muenster Musikhochschule Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Carmeli will be conducting this orchestra in tour through out Germany in Berlin, Potsdam and Muenster in performance of "Das Jahr" - a piano cycle by Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn arranged for symphony orchestra by composer Martin Torp.

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