Hillel Zori (Israel)
“… In my opinion Hillel Zori has all of the wonderful attributes of a young Emanuel Feuermann…” Bernard Greenhouse.
One of today’s prominent virtuosos, Israeli cellist Hillel Zori, a winner of numerous international awards including the gold medal at the Canals Competition in Barcelona and top prizes at the Geneva, Rostropovich and Stradivarius competitions, has been described by the international press to “have his playing linked directly to the Romantic tradition”.An awardee of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, he graduated with distinctions from the Tel Aviv Music Academy with Wiesel and later studied with Greenhouse in the USA. A soloist with many orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Dusseldorf Symphony and the BBC Scottish Symphony, he has also performed in festivals such as the Israel Festival, Marlboro, Tanglewood. In January 2008 he was invited by Mehta as a soloist at the UN General Assembly in New York.
As a composer he wrote a virtuoso suite for cello and orchestra on themes from the opera Carmen, a Ladino Medley for strings commissioned by Keshet Eilon, a string trio, and “Carmel” – a collection of songs and verses for voice and chamber ensemble.
His CD of virtuoso anthology of cellists – composers, published by the CELLO CLASSICS label, was selected in January 2014 for the BBC’s “CD of the Week”.
A most sought after pedagogue he has served as juror for international competitions and presented master classes around the world.
He serves as professor and head of strings at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University.