Tel Aviv Wind Quintet
The Tel Aviv Wind Quintet was founded in 2009 by young Israeli musicians, seeking to bring the wonderful woodwind 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 in the periphery. In June 2017 the TAWQ members went on their first international tour in Switzerland. During 2018 they toured France and Germany and in May 2019 they will tour China.
The quintet is supported by the Culture Administration of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. It was awarded the Eilam prize for Israeli performers (2011) as well as grants from the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Haifa Arts Foundation, the Ronen Foundation and the Mifal Ha'Pais Council for Culture and Arts.
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 in the end of 2016, including works by Bach, Beethoven, Ari Ben-Shabetai (World premiere recording) and Piazzolla. ‘LIVE’, the ensemble's second album, was released in April 2018. It includes live concert recordings, collaborating with pianist Yaron Kohlberg.
Roy Amotz - Flute
Born in Jerusalem in 1982, Roy Amotz resides in Berlin nowadays, performing as a soloist and in various chamber music formations around the world. His teachers in Israel include Vladimir Silva, Moshe Epstein, Yossi Arnheim and Avner Biron. He graduated degrees in musical performance and early music practice from the Berlin University of Arts (both with honours) and has been recently invited to perform with the prestigious Akademie für alte Musik, Berlin. In addition, Roy founded "Zoom Quartet", with which he won the Biagio-Marini international early music Competition in Germany. Other prizes he won include the first prize in the International Flute Competition in Greece and the Pergamenchikow Prize in Berlin with "Trio Vis", with whom he created the genre breaking "64 Things" Show inspired by John Cage.
Dedicated to developing the contemporary music scene in Israel, Roy is a member of the acclaimed Meitar Ensemble, specialized in performance and recording of contemporary chamber music. The Ensemble has performed in Israel and abroad in numerous festivals including the Venice Biennale and the Manifeste Festival in Paris. Since 2013 Roy serves as the principal flutist of the Geneva Camerata - an innovative ensemble performing music all the way from early music to contemporary music. His performances as a soloist include the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Scotland BBC Symphony Orchestra. These days Roy is creating a new platform for making classical music, aiming to bring this music to wider audiences, and to create a transformative experience for audience and performers alike: "Music and Beyond". The first project of this platform is called “Fantasies” and involves The Telemann fantasias for baroque flute and the fantasies of a chef, exploring sensual enhancement..
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, Sarasota and Aspen. He holds music performance degrees from Tel Aviv University, Yale University and the Zurich School of Arts. An Avid Chamber and new music performer, Danny is a member of the Israel contemporary players and a founding member of the Tel Aviv wind quintet. Between 2007 – 2015 he was the principle clarinetist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Now he is the principle clarinetist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Danny served in the Israeli army for three years as an "Outstanding Musician". Since 1996 he had been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship. Among his mentors are Eva Wasserman, Ron Selka, David Shifrin and Matthias Müller.
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
Born in 1983, Nadav started his bassoon studies with Uzi Shalev. After serving in the IDF as an Outstanding Musician, he completed his B. Mus degree in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) in bassoon with Mr. Mauricio Paez and composition with Prof. Yinam Leef. He continued his bassoon studies under the tutorship of Prof. Ole Kristian Dahl in Cologne alongside baroque-bassoon studies with Donna Agrell at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Nadav was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ronen Foundation. He won the JAMD President's Excellence Award and first prize at the Yidor-Avni Composition competition (Nadav's composer page).
Following his graduation, Nadav became principal bassoonist of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and has been chosen to participate in numerous advanced training programs such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience, the Britten-Pears Orchestra and the Aldeburgh World Orchestra. During 2012-2013 Nadav completed his Master degree of contemporary music performance as a member of the International Academy of Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt; since then he had collaborated regularly with Ensemble Modern in prestigious concert venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Oper Frankfurt and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
A devoted chamber music player, Nadav was a member of the Parisian woodwind quintet "Le concert impromptu" between 2014 and 2017. In addition to his activity as a founding member and a producer of the Tel-Aviv Wind Quintet he is a member of the award winning Meitar Ensemble (Since 2006), where he functions also as a faculty member of its "Tedarim" program - a unique Master’s degree for contemporary music in the Jerusalem Academy.
At the beginning of 2018 Nadav released his debut Solo CD "Animate", dedicated to new music written for bassoon.
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 both as 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.