Hillel Zori (Israel)
Hillel Zori, an eminent Israeli musician, cellist, composer, and conductor, is described by the international press to “have his playing linked directly to the Romantic tradition”, Hillel hasinternaonally distinguished himself by winning coveted and top prizes at the Barcelona, Geneva, Saint–Louis Whitaker, Rostropovich and Stradivarius competitions. A veteran consecutive awardee of the AICF, he graduated with distinctions from the Tel Aviv Academy with Uzi Wiesel and later studied with Bernard Greenhouse at NEC, USA.
As soloist, he was featured with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Bremen Kammmerphilarmonie and the Sco_sh BBC Symphony to name a few. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed in nucenters such as the Wigmore Hall, the Moscow Dome, the Tel Aviv Museum, the Zankel Hall at Carnegie NY, as well as at Tanglewood, Marlboro, Jerusalem, and Dartington festivals. In January 2008 he was personally selected by Mehta as his soloist at the UN General Assembly in NY.
His Cello Classics CC1030 virtuoso CD was the BBC’s “January 2014 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.