Guy Ben-Ziony, when not under Pandemic, enjoys a colourful musical life as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and guest leader for the viola groups in some of the finest orchestras in Europe. May we all be healthy and meet soon in the concert halls and musical venues.
At age 32 Guy Ben-Ziony was appointed as professor for viola at the University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig. since then he has been also guest professor at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, and he continues to teach in masterclasses all over the world, including the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Musik, Budapest, Yale University, USA, Ljubljana Festival, or the Royal Conservatory, Antwerp.
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Guy Ben-Ziony grew up in Israel’s scenic Jezreel Valley. At the age of 9, after seeing "The Waltz King", the Walt Disney film about Johann Strauss, he wanted nothing more than to play the violin. A few years later, when he discovered chamber music he wanted nothing more than to play the viola and took lessons with leading teachers of his homeland, including Chaim Taub, Gad Lewertoff and David Chen.
Encounters with the renowned violist Tabea Zimmermann influenced him so greatly that he went to study with her at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Some years later he continued studying with Tatiana Masurenko at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, where he performed Bartók's concerto for viola for his concert exam under the direction of Daniel Harding, passing with distinction. After meeting the legendary violinist Gidon Kremer in Kronberg Academy's "Chamber Music Connects the World", he was invited to Lockenhaus Festival. Soon after he was a regular guest at important music festivals such as Leicester, Delft, Zagreb, or the legendary "Open Chamber Music" in Prussia Cove playing alongside artists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Christian tetzlaff, Alexander Lonquich or Menachem Pressler.
As a soloist he played with many Israeli and European orchestras such as the Camerata Nordica, Offenbacher Kammerorchester, Israel Chamber Orchestra or the Tel Aviv Soloists.
He was a member of the Zapolski String Quartet from Denmark and the Waldstein Ensemble Wien, performing in many of Europe’s major concert halls (Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall in London, among others). His close collaboration with contemporary composers as founding member of the “Israeli Chamber Project” has taken him upon numerous innovative paths. He has also searched for symbiotic collaborations in Germany, for example with the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin, with which he performed highly acclaimed choreographic concert "Gefaltet".
Guy Ben-Ziony is a welcomed guest principle violist with many leading chamber and symphonic orchestras in Europe, including, Hamburg, Berlin and Frankfurt Radio Symphony orchestras, Bamberg Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, or Amsterdam Sinfonietta. His Debut solo CD, entitled Monodialogue was released in 2016 with Genuin Classics to great critical acclaim. From 2006 untill 2017 Guy Ben-Ziony has been a Professor for viola at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. The 2017-2018 season featured him as member of the Internationally renowned Pacifica String Quartet and Visiting Professor Viola and Chamber Music at the Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana. He continues to give masterclasses in Europe and in the USA.
He plays on a viola made for him by Alexandre Breton (Berlin 2014).
Works for Viola Solo by Georg Philipp Telemann, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky and Menachem Wiesenberg
"The CD offers a worthwhile listening experience not only for viola lovers. It seduces to contemplative listening and to immerse oneself in the perfect sound culture of an instrument which, instead of superficial virtuosity, is virtually predestined for a profound tonal exploration."
"Ben-Ziony has what distinguishes a truly great player: an unmistakably distinctive tone that clarifies its message from the very first listen. And he never needs to produce himself too superficially through too much emphasis. He brings controlled dancing grace to swing in the moving parts of the fantasies. Then again he meditates, lingers and sings his game." read in original
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