Hillel Zori (Israel)
An eminent Israeli musician, cellist Hillel Zori, winner of the gold medal 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 AICF, he graduated with distinctions from the Tel Aviv Academy with Prof. Uzi Wiesel and later studied with Prof. Bernard Greenhouse in the USA. A soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem, the Dusseldorf, and the Scottish BBC Symphonies, he has also performed at the Marlboro, Dartington and Tanglewood festivals to name a few. In January 2008 he was personally selected by Mehta as his soloist at the UN General Assembly in New York. His Cello Classics CD of the virtuoso anthology of cellists – composers, was selected in January 2014 as the BBC’s “CD of the Week”. As a most sought after pedagogue, he has served as a juror for international competitions and presented master classes around the world. A professor and head of strings at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Hillel is a longtime Keshet Eilon Faculty member.