Gilad Karni, viola | Barry Shiffman, violin | Aizuri Quartet | Danny Koo, violin | Kevin Ahfat, piano
MOZART: Duo in B-flat major for violin and viola, K.424
PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet Suite
BRAHMS: Viola quintet
GILAD KARNI, viola
Violist Gilad Karni has been praised throughout the world for his tone and interpretation. His technique and musicality have earned him countless honors, from first prizes at competitions to leadership roles in some of the world’s finest orchestras. Equally at home in orchestral and solo or chamber music settings, Karni can be heard on concert stages around the globe in a range of repertoire, as well as on recordings.
Karni has left his mark on many international viola competitions, including taking First Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition 1994 and Third Prize at the ARD Munich International Music Competition in 1993. Among Karni’s career highlights were concerts performing with the late Isaac Stern at his 70th birthday celebration in Tel-Aviv, with the Guarneri String Quartet in Carnegie Hall, and giving the 2009 world premiere of Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet” arranged for viola and orchestra with the Berlin Symphony. Karni was a founding member of the Huberman quartet (1996-2001) and performed as a guest with the Jerusalem Quartet on tour with world famous pianist Menachem Pressler. He is currently Principal Violist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and prior to that, he was Principal Viola at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Karni plays on a viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka in 1982, previously owned by American violist and pedagogue Emmanuel Vardi.