Hailed as “The new hope of Israeli music” by Ma’ariv and described as possessing both “ironclad technique” and “ample suppleness” by the New York Times, Eliran Avni is an emerging force in the contemporary classical music scene. Having made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 17, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber music collaborator throughout Europe, North and South America, as well as in his native Israel. He has also made several recordings for the Naxos and Tzadic labels and has played for live broadcasts for the Israeli and German broadcasting systems. A charismatic lecturer and teacher, Eliran has presented master classes and lectures on the connection between music and emotion in both the United States and Israel, and has taught at prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School and the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival.
Having begun his childhood musical training at the Tel Aviv Academy with Marina Bondarenko, Eliran won first prize in both the Clairmont and Rachmaninoff Competitions at the age of 16. Additionally, from 1989-2000, he was an annual scholarship recipient of the Israel-America Cultural Foundation. After studying with world-renowned musicians Yo Yo Ma and Isaac Stern, he soon developed a strong affinity for chamber music and has since collaborated with extraordinary artists such as Yehonatan Berick, Daniel Müller-Schott, Sharon Kam, Terrence Wilson, Jennifer Aylmer, William Sharp, the Chicago Chamber Music Players, as well as actors Sigourney Weaver and Richard Chamberlain
As a soloist, Eliran is known as a preeminent interpreter of the music of composer Avner Dorman and has been privileged to record two CDs of Dorman’s music. The first, The Piano Works of Avner Dorman, was recorded at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in 2006. It was released on the Naxos label and was produced by Grammy winner David Frost. The second, a recording of Dorman’s Chamber Concerti with the Metropolis Ensemble and Maestro Andrew Cyr, was released in 2010, also on Naxos.
Dr. Avni received both his BM and MM degrees while studying with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School and completed his DMA degree as a student of both Dr. Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal. His dissertation: “The Musician’s Challenge: Merging Emotion and Structure in Performance”, written under the advisement of Carl Schachter, presents an original methodology designed to assist musicians in discovering and understanding the emotional content of musical works.
At present, Eliran serves as Artistic Director of SHUFFLE Concert, an original performance concept that has the audience select the music performed at each concert. A mixed-chamber ensemble of 6 virtuoso musicians, SHUFFLE Concert offers a rich selection of more than 30 pieces in 15 different musical styles. Since its inception in February 2010, SHUFFLE Concert has been in high-demand, and has performed extensively throughout the world. The ensemble’s debut album was released in October 2013.
Recent performances include the piano solo in Dorman’s Azerbaijani Dance with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta at Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Alabama Symphony, the Grieg Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and a SHUFFLE Concert tour to Israel in 2017. Future performances include SHUFFLE Concert tours to Arizona and Colorado in 2017-18 as well as recitals at SUNY Fredonia and elsewhere with cellist Natasha Farny and violist David Rose.