Chopin winners join Israel’s Camerata Jerusalem for Polish brilliance

Music lovers can look forward to a world-class concert weekend next Saturday as Israel’s Camerata Jerusalem joins three award-winning pianists in a celebration of Chopin, Penderecki and Mozart under conductor Avner Biron.

Held in Zichron Ya’acov, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, The Winners – Rubinstein meets Chopin brings together three young musical talents on one stage. They are the Polish pianist Szymon Nehring, the Canadian pianist Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu and the Japanese pianist Kyohei Sorita. Nehring, 26, won the gold medal during the 2017 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, becoming the first Pole to do so. He will perform alongside the winners of the 18th Chopin Piano Competition in 2021: Liu, 24, who won first place for his performance of Piano Concerto No. Chopin’s 1 in E minor, and Sorita, 27, who won second place ex aequo. (in the same position) with the Italian pianist Alexander Gadiev in the competition held in Warsaw.

Under the direction of the 73-year-old Biron, Nehring will perform Piano Concerto no. 20, K. 466 in the three programs. Liu will perform the Piano Concerto No. Chopin 1, op. 11 in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and Sorita will perform it during the Zichron Ya’acov concert. The program also includes Penderecki’s Polish Requiem Chaconne and Ligeti’s Romanesque Concerto.

Serving as a musical bridge between Poland and Israel, these performances are the result of the excellent relationship between the Ludwig van Beethoven Association in Poland, led by Penderecki’s widow, Elzbieta Penderecka, and the Camerata.

“On an artistic level, good things are happening between Poland and Israel,” Biron said. The Jerusalem Post, noting that the Polish embassy in Israel helped a lot to make these concerts take place.

Flag of Poland, variant Polish coat of arms. (credit: OLEK REMESZ / WIKEPEDIA COMMONS)

Chopin’s music was taken into the cosmos on the space shuttle Endeavor and inspired a vodka from the same brand. The Judeo-Arab Youth Musical Orchestra offered an Arabic music adaptation of works by the Polish genius in 2003 and a rock-jazz adaptation of Chopin’s works was performed in the shadow of the pyramids by, among others, the Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak. in 2010. Why does his genius still speak to us today?

“I think his music is easy to listen to,” offered Biron, “it’s extremely communicative and has a kind of sentimentality that everyone can connect with.” He noted that music is also extremely attractive to performers, as “the same musical phrase can be understood in an infinite number of new ways.” Biron said in his experience that there is a greater potential to freely interpret Chopin than, say, Bach or Mozart.

Music fans’ ears will undoubtedly perk when they learn that Liu is currently studying with Canadian-Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, who won first place in the 1980 Chopin Piano Competition. Not only are the Israeli public You will be able to enjoy this brilliant young talent, but you will also be able to observe the influence of the rich experience of decades of his mentor, who is one of the most respected interpreters of Chopin today.

As a conductor, Biron explains, you need to come to rehearsal with a better understanding of the work being performed than all the musicians in the room put together. Dispelling the misconception that the conductor tells the orchestra what to do with the baton, like a traffic cop, he points out that “I never tell anyone what to do, the conductor comes up with a concept, the musician may or may not accept it” .

“Music is not a museum,” he offered, “you have to bring it to life over and over again, in each and every moment.”

The Winners: The Rubinstein Meets Chopin Concert Series will take place on Saturday, November 13 at 8 p.m. at the Elma Arts Center in Zichron Ya’acov, on Sunday, November 14 at 8 p.m. at the Tel Aviv and on Monday November 15 at 8 pm in the Henry Crown Hall of the Jerusalem Theater. The last concert will also be broadcast on radio on Kan The Voice of Music (Kol Hamusika) and Polish Radio. Seats are available at NIS 120 per ticket in Zichron Yaakov, NIS 155 per ticket in Tel Aviv, and NIS 185 per ticket in Jerusalem. To purchase tickets, call (02) 502-0503 or visit

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