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Inbal Megiddo
Inbal Megiddo

 

Cellist Inbal Megiddo began her cello studies at the age of two, and gave her first performances a year later. At the age of six, she was a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, under the patronage of Isaac Stern. She also won the William Waite Concerto Competition, the Max Varon Fund competition, and was selected by the Stradivari Society as arising star.

She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Yale University, where she studied with Professor Aldo Parisot. She has also worked and performed with Erick Friedman, Jesse Levin, Ben Verdery, Peter Oundjian, Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Among her cello teachers were Prof. Uzi Wiesel at the University of Tel-Aviv and Sydney Conservatorium, Prof. Shmuel Magen at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and private lessons from Mstislav Rostropovich (later performing as part of Maestro Rostropovich’s cello ensemble to mark the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall). She has performed in master classes with such artists as Janos Starker, Heinrich Schiff, and Michel Strauss. Ms Megiddo has participated in the Manchester, Banff, Rolandseck (Bonn) and West-East Divan festivals as a soloist and chamber musician, where she performed in the master classes of Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman and Yuri Bashmet.

Ms. Megiddo taught at Yale University for five years as assistant to Aldo Parisot, and has given master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, University of North Texas, University of North Carolina, the La Salle School for the Arts, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Dublin International Master Classes Festival, the Israel Cello Festival. She has received many awards and prizes.

Ms Megiddo has given many concerts in Europe, Asia and America. Among these are a recital in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, her Berlin debut with the Berlin Symphony and Maestro Lior Shambadal at the Philharmonie, and a recital at the Staatsoper. She has given performances and radio broadcasts with the Jerusalem Symphony under the direction of Sergiu Comissiona, live recital broadcasts in several countries including Israel, Germany, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, the USA (the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, and New York’s Bob Sherman Show on WQXR), the Mishkenot Shaananim Music Center in Jerusalem, and has toured extensively with recital partner, pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar.

A champion of contemporary compositions, Ms Megiddo has made a recording of Israeli composer Hanna Levy's works, a recording of works by Douglas Lilburn for the Atoll label, and premiered works of composers including Ezra Laderman, Dave Brubeck, and Ofer Ben Amots. She has also regularly recorded and performed with the Grammy Award nominated group, The Yale Cellos. Other recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Lithuanian Philharmonic Society, and concerts at the Lincoln Center in New York and at the Israel Music Festival.

Ms Megiddo brings years of experience to her performances and teaching. Maestro Zubin Mehta describes her as “an extremely talented, very musical musician.” At her New York debut at the Lincoln Center, her playing was described as having “magical expression and technical expertise” and a “warm lustrous communicative way... sincerity personified!”

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:50