MultiPiano is a unique keyboard project, presenting four of Israel’s virtuoso pianists in a celebration of pianos in ever-changing combinations – on one and two pianos, from 4 to 8 hands, with or without orchestra. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from original masterworks for multi-hand piano ensembles by Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Smetana, Ravel and many others, to dazzling virtuoso arrangements and commissioned contemporary works.
Now in its fifth year, the ensemble has already performed in four continents, from the Beijing Concert Hall to Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, from New-York’s Merkin Hall to Europe’s main venues, of London, Frankfurt, Riga & Tallinn; collaborating with world-class organizations such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Buenos Aires Mozarteum Argentino & Conciertos Grapa, the Philharmonic Society of Lima, the music festivals of Taipei, Xiamen, Ottawa, Baltic Sea, Huallien, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Universal Music Edition in Vienna as well as on television and radio networks from Asia to South America.
In 2015 MultiPiano was awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture prize for the “best Israeli Chamber Ensemble“.
The MultiPiano project was launched in the 2010-11 season under the umbrella of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music – a joint institution of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Featuring three of Israel`s most radiant young pianists and their mentor, Tomer Lev – one of the country’s most prominent musicians – the MultiPiano project attracted much international attention immediately upon its inauguration. In 2011 the group successfully toured the Far East, with performances in Beijing, Taipei, Kaohshiung and Tainan, including a Gala opening of the Kuandu Festival in Taiwan in cooperation with the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
In summer 2012 the group was presented throughout Latin America’s foremost concert halls in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Peru, including Teatro Colon and the Gran Rex (Buenos Aires), Teatro Del Sodre (Montevideo) and a live broadcast performance in Radio Nacional of Argentina, televised by PBS (TV Publica). Additional presentations included performances for the respected Mozarteum Argentino concert agency, The Philharmonic Society of Lima (opening concert of the Jubilee Festival), Sao Paulo Friends of Tel Aviv University, and concerts in Rosario and Cordoba.
Shortly thereafter the group performed for the second time in the Far East (Taipei and Hualien International Music Festival).
In spring of 2013 MultiPiano was presented at the Felicja Blumental Music Festival in Tel Aviv and the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, including solo performances with the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Bach-Vivaldi concerto for 4 pianos) and live broadcasts for Israel Radio (IBA). The Tel Aviv Soloists, Haifa Symphony and the Israel Netanya Kibbutz orchestras hosted MultiPiano for performances of Bach, Mozart, Poulenc and Levanon concerti for 2, 3 and 4 pianos. In addition, the ensemble had its third tour to the Far East (Beijing Concert Hall, Tienjin Grand Theatre, Chengdu Music Hall ).
In fall 2013 MultiPiano was presented in two North American tours, including performances at Merkin Hall in New York City, as well as in Montreal, Ottawa, and Chicago. The New York Times described their program as “a celebration of Multi-hands and Multi-keyboards”.
In Spring 2014 the ensemble toured South America for the second time, as soloists with the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, with concerts in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima and Bogota.
In Fall 2014 MultiPiano collaborated with the English Chamber Orchestra in a recording of Mozart Concertos for two and three pianos, as well as in a world premiere recording of Mozart’s “Larghetto and Allegro” – a 1781 fragment left unfinished and completed and orchestrated by Tomer Lev for two pianos and orchestra.
In spring of 2015 the ensemble toured the Far-East for the 4th time, with performances at the Xiamen-Gulangyu Music Mestival and Shanghai and a special collaboration for the Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, with principal percussionists of the Israel Philharmonic and the Percadu ensemble.
2015-2016 season was marked with extensive performances with Israel’s prominent orchestras and several world premieres: Concerti by Bach, Mozart and Frank Martin (world premiere of his Symphonie Concertante for 3 Pianos & Double String Orchestra) with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem in cooperation with Universal Music Edition in Vienna; Concerti by Bach, Levanon, Grieg & Mendelssohn (first professional performance of his newly discovered Fantaisie Brillante & Variations) with the Haifa Symphony; and Concert works by Saint Saens and Bach (world premiere of the Concerto for 4 Keyboards in a version for 2 Keyboards in 8 Hands) with the Netanya Kibbuz Orchestra.
Summer of 2016 was culminated by MultiPiano’s tour to the Baltic states, including performances at the Tallinn Philharmonia Hall, Riga Golden Hall and the Alion Baltic Music Festival.
Tomer Lev enjoys an intensive career of unusual diversity as concert pianist, lecturer and pedagogue. At the age of 37 he was appointed head of the Rubin Academy of Music at the Tel-Aviv University. Soon thereafter, with the collaboration of Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, Prof. Lev was among the founders of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and was appointed as its first director (2004-2009, 2015-present).
Tomer Lev was heard in such central venues as Lincoln Center in New York, Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, Beijin Concert Hall, Shanghai Municipal Theatre, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Rudolphinum in Prague, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Sala Sao Paulo, Glenn Gould Hall in Toronto and the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. He performed in major international festivals including Tanglewood, Norfolk, Prague Winter Festival, Madrid’s San-Isidro, Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer, and the Israel Festival. He has recorded for leading TV and radio stations in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Eastern Europe, South America and Israel.
Tomer Lev collaborated with all major Israeli orchestras. His critically acclaimed debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta led to further collaboration with the IPO (including projects with Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Yoel Levi, Jerzy Semkow and others), as well as to performances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Camerata, Beersheva Sinfonietta, and Haifa Symphony Orchestra.
As a member of the Israel Piano Trio, one of Israel’s leading chamber ensembles, Tomer Lev toured Europe and South America.
Hailed by Maestro Zubin Mehta as “one of the greatest promises among the young generation of pianists today” and described by the press as “hypnotic” performer, Berenika Glixman emerged as one of Israel’s leading young pianists.
Ms. Glixman was born in the Soviet Union in 1984 and immigrated to Israel in 1991. She has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony at the PianoTexas Van Cliburn International Festival, Bucharest Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony under Zubin Mehta.
In 2010 she was called to replace pianist Yuja Wang as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic at last-minute notice, performing Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto to critical and public acclaim for IPO’s subscription series in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. Following her success she was also invited to play Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto under Zubin Mehta in 2011.
She is a prize winner of the 2011 Arthur Rubinstein International Master Competition, 2008 Van Cliburn International Festival Concerto Competition, 2008 Israel Radio Young Artist Competition, and 2005 Isidor Bajic International Competition in Serbia.
Berenika Glixman completed her B. Mus. and M. Mus. degrees with distinction under Prof. Tomer Lev at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, where she is currently a faculty member. A recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships since 1997, Ms. Glixman participated in master classes with leading artists, including Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Nikolai Petrov, Daniel Pollack, and Yefim Bronfman.
Nimrod Haftel-Meiri was born in Israel in 1994 and started playing the piano at the age of five. He is a graduate of the Israel Conservatory of Music and the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts with distinction, a member of the Young Musicians Unit of the Jerusalem Music Center founded by the late Isaac Stern and a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Nimrod won several prominent Israeli competitions such as the Turgeman, Ashdod, Israel Radio Young Artists Competition and the Israel Conservatory competition. He attended master classes with Boris Berman, Andrzej Jasinski, Gyorgy Sava and the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes.
He has performed in numerous broadcasts for Israel Radio and at some of Israel`s most prestigious venues such as Tel-Aviv Museum, Jerusalem Music Center, and Jaffa Music Center. Nimrod is now studying with Prof. Tomer Lev at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University.
In 2015 he was chosen to perform Mozart Concerto K. 242 with renown American pianist Emanuel Ax in a concert with the Jerusalem Symphony under Frederic Chaslin, live broadcasted nation-wide.
Almog Segal was born in Israel in 1995. He started his piano studies at the age of 11 with Luisa Yoffe at the “Sadna” Conservatory in Jerusalem, where he studied for 8 years.
In 2009 Almog joined the young musicians unit of the Jerusalem Music Center and the young pianists project of the Aldwell Center, both headed by pianist Murray Perahia. Within this frame he performed in several live broadcasted radio concerts, as well as in a concert for the Israel Festival.
During the years 2010-2013 Almog Segal studied at the Israeli High School for Arts & Sciences in Jerusalem. During these years he won several prestigious prizes and awards, such as first prize at the 8th Chopin Competition in Tel Aviv, first prize at the “Piano Forever” national piano competition (Ashdod, 2012), distinction scholarship at the America-Israel Culture Foundation national auditions, the Marina Bondarenko Award and concerto competition prize at the “Tel Hai International Piano Master-Classes” (2013), first prize at the “Pnina Salzman Memorial Piano Competition” (2015).
Outside of Israel, Almog performed at the Apple-Hill chamber music festival in New-Hampshire (US), the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado (US), “Music Fest Perugia” (Italy), “Hvide Sande” festival in Denmark and the “Musica Mundi” festival in Belgium, where he also performed in a radio concert of the European Broadcasting Authority, live broadcasted throughout Europe.
In 2014 Almog was invited by the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition to be a jury member at the competition in frame of their young jury project.
During the past years Almog Segal performed in many of Israel’s prominent concert halls, such as the Henri Crown Symphony Hall in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Music Center Hall, the Felicja Blumental Hall in Tel-Aviv, among others.Since 2014 Almog Segal is studying piano at Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann-Mehta school of Music with Prof. Tomer Lev, as well as composition with composer and conductor Israel Sharon.
Daniel Borovitzky was born in 1991 in Samara, Russia and immigrated with his family to Israel at the age of three. Daniel won international and national competitions, including a Grand Prix in the Piano Competition in Athens, Greece, and top prizes at the Youth Piano Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Rigei Si (“Climactic Moments”) piano competition in Israel. In March 2012 he won the first prize at the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Serbia. He performed in concerts and festivals in the United States, South America, the Far East, Germany, Russia and Greece.
In February 2011 Daniel was chosen by Maestro Zubin Mehta to play under his baton as soloist with the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra. His performance at Tel Aviv Mann Auditorium was hailed by the press as “superb pianistic abilities and lively interpretation” (“Globes”). In August 2012 he was featured at a Gala concert of the Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes at Tel Aviv Museum, of which the critics wrote: “a star is born” (“Ma’ariv”).
Daniel performed with several other major orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Noam Sheriff, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and Tel Aviv Soloists. He is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 2002. He began playing the piano at age of 7; among his teachers were Louisa Yoffe and Arnon Erez. He studied for the Bachelor degree with Prof. Tomer Lev at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University.