Guy Ben-Ziony

Guy Ben-Ziony grew up in Israel’s scenic Jezreel Valley 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. After graduating in Frankfurt, he continued studying with Tatiana Masurenko at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. As a soloist he played with many Israeli and European orchestras and was a member of the Zapolski String Quartet from Denmark and the Waldstein Ensemble Wien. His close collaboration with contemporary composers as founding member of the “Israeli Chamber Project” has taken him on numerous innovative paths.  Guy has been a guest principal violist with many leading orchestras in Europe, including Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestras, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. His Debut solo recording, entitled Monodialogue, was released in 2016 with Genuin Classics to great critical acclaim. From 2006 until 2017 Guy was viola professor at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig and currently he is a guest viola professor at the Trossingen University of Music, as well as principal violist in the Basel Sinfonietta, and assistant principal in the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Berlin (DSO). He plays on a viola made for him by Alexandre Breton (Berlin 2014). 

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