MALCOLM MILLER reports on the
recent Israeli and Bloch music competitions
Competition finals frequently attract audiences since the level of focus and concentration surpasses many regular concerts. Such was the impressively high standard of artistry coupled with highly engaging programming at the Royal College of Music [London, UK] on 14 July 2011, where eight young talented soloists performed as competitors in the Fourth Israeli Music Competition and Third Ernest Bloch Music Competition. Four works by Israeli composers of each generation interwove with four works by Bloch, including two versions of his most popular work, Nigun from the Baal Shem Suite.
The event was organised the enterprising cellist Sagi Hartov, who presided over a distinguished Jury comprising Professor Malcolm Troup, Chairman of the International Ernest Bloch Society, international concert pianist Daniel Adni, violinist Paul de Keyser, composer Julian Dawes, singer Teresa Cahill and arts administrator Ken Gould, Director of the Jewish Music Festival in Holland.
Compere of the evening was Cantor Jeremy Burko who introduced each participant, starting with the Israeli recorder player Inbar Solomon, who gave an atmospheric account of To a Pine Tree on Mount Carmel, by Avishai Yaar, a poetic miniature for soprano recorder dating from 1999...
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