Kurt Weill: Suite from "The Threepenny Opera"
Luciano Berio: Opus Number Zoo
Richard Strauss: Wind Serenade in E flat major, op. 7
The Tel Aviv Wind Quintet was founded in 2009 by young Israeli musicians, seeking to bring the existing repertoire as well as commissioned works to wider audiences.
Today, the quintet performs more than 20 concerts each season all around Israel, including its most prestigious concert venues, such as the YMCA (at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival), the Jerusalem Music Centre, the Mormon University, Henry Crown Hall in the Jerusalem Theater, the Israel Conservatory and the Tel-Aviv Museum, together with educational activities, workshops for composers and several activities in communities outside of the state's center. In June 2017 the TAWQ will go on its first international tour in Switzerland.
The quintet was awarded the Eilam prize for Israeli performers (2011).
In addition to their work with the TAWQ, the quintet's musicians are also active as soloists, working and collaborating with international orchestras and musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Guy Braunshtein, Martha Argerich, Pierre Boulez and Andras Schiff.
An integral part of the quintet's credo is to perform and record music by leading Israeli composers of both the younger and the older generations. Recent collaborations include Menachem Zur, Eitan Steinberg, Aharon Harlap, Arie Shapira, Amit Gilutz and Tzvi Avni.
The TAWQ's debut album was released at the end of 2016, including works by Bach, Beethoven, Ari Ben-Shabetai (World premiere recording) and Piazzolla.
Roy Amotz, Flute, After having studied in Israel with Vladimir Silva, Moshe Epstein, Yossi Arnheim and Avner Biron, Roy attended the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart with Jean Claude Gérard and the University of Arts Berlin with Roswitha Staege, where he received his soloist Diploma with honors in 2013.
Roy won first prizes in the International Flute Competition in Volos, Greece and in the Pergamenchikow Competition in Berlin with "Trio Vis".
He is the Flutist and the European projects manager of the acclaimed Meitar Ensemble. Roy has played as a principal player in the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Rishon le'Zion, and has taken part in projects of the Stuttgarter Kammer Orchester, SWR Baden Baden Freiburg and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is is a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra since 2007 and as from September 2013, principal flautist of the Geneva Camerata.
Yigal Kaminka, Oboe, Yigal holds a double M.A degree and a third degree in Oboe and Recorder from the Karlsruhe University, Germany. He performed as both a soloist and as principal oboist in various orchestras, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
He is a founding member of the international “Berlin Counterpoint” sextet, with whom he has performed at numerous music festivals around Europe and South-America. Yigal has won numerous scholarships (AICF, DAAD, Starck and others) and competitions, including the 2009 “Aviv Competition”, where he won the first prize in all 3 possible categories.
In 2010 Yigal founded JoyTunes, a startup company developing new technological solutions to music education. The company has grown to have over 3 million users in over 110 countries and has been awarded a prestigious U.N. award.
Danny Erdman, Clarinet, Danny Erdman has performed across Israel, Europe, and United States both as a soloist and a chamber musician. The youngest artist to perform at the first EuroCass convention in 1997, Danny has also participated in festivals such as Ostend, Paris, Norfolk (Yale Summer School of Music), Sarasota, Aspen and Jerusalem. Following the completion of his Bachelor of Music degree at Tel Aviv University and his Master of Music degree at Yale University, Danny won the position of the principal clarinetist at the Israel Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber and new music performer, he is now a member of the 'Israel contemporary Players' ensemble.
Danny served in the IDF as an "Outstanding Musician". Since 1996 he had been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships. Among his mentors are Eva Wasserman, Ron Selka, and David Shifrin.
Itamar Leshem, Horn, Born in Israel and started playing the horn by the age of 12. He has graduated the Jerusalem Academy of Music and the Roosevelt University, studying with Mr. Dale Clevenger in Chicago. His studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships. Itamar is performing regularly with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel, U.S.A, Asia, and Europe and recently performed with them as a soloist under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta in Israel and on tours in South America and Europe.
Itamar is a member of the West-Eastern Divan orchestra under Maestro Daniel Barenboim and a member of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Rishon le'Zion. He is a leading chamber music musician, playing in the Else Ensemble - a chamber group of international soloists. Itamar has performed in some of the most distinguished festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, the Proms, Jerusalem Chamber music Festival, Landsberg Chamber music Festival and in venues including Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, La Scala and others.
Lately performed the Strauss concerto in addition to lectures and recitals in China.
Nadav Cohen, Bassoon, Nadav studied bassoon at the Jerusalem Academy for Music with Uzi Shalev and Mauricio Paez, and composition with Yinam Leef and Eitan Steinberg, after serving in the IDF as an Outstanding Musician. He continued his bassoon studies under the tutorship of Ole Kristian Dahl at Cologne, in addition to baroque bassoon studies with Donna Agrell at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Nadav was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ronen Foundation. He won the Jerusalem Music Academy's President's Excellence Award as well as the first prize at the Yidor-Avni Composition competition. Nadav has since gone on to be Principle Bassoon of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the award winning Meitar Ensemble, performing as a Soloist with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra of The Hague. He has been a member of the 2012-13 International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt; Nadav Cohen is a member of "Le concert impromptu" ensemble in Paris since June 2014.
"The Tel-Aviv Wind Quintet is an excellent woodwind ensemble, it was established seven years ago and stands out in the chamber music scene thanks to a high performance level and a varied, intriguing repertoire.
Their first CD is exactly the kind of albums that break the routine and which I will hurry and buy... a promising program, especially for those who admire the special sound of a wind quintet... a curiously colourful and enjoyable cocktail of tones"
Amir Mandel, 'Weekly recommendation', Haaretz 22.12.2016