Zvi Plesser


Israeli Cellist Zvi Plesser has concertized worldwide and collaborated with some of our time’s leading instrumentalists and conductors. As soloist he has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, under conductors Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Asher Fisch and Sergiu Comissiona. In January 2015, Mr. Plesser appeared as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  He was a member of the Huberman String Quartet and is a founding member of Concertante. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated on tour with the Jerusalem, Aviv and Ysaye quartets, and has performed with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Goode, Nabuko Imai, and Michael Tree, among others. He has participated in Music festivals around the world, including the Marlboro Festival, the Cervantino Fetsival in Mexico, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, and the Rolandseck Festival in Germany. In recent seasons, he has appeared regularly in the concert houses of Paris, London, and Berlin.  He was the music director for the” Voice of Music Festival in the Upper Galilee” from 2011-2021, Israel’s oldest chamber music festival.  Mr. Plesser is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Zara Nelsova, and his other teachers included Zvi Harel in Israel and David Soyer in the United States. Mr. Plesser has been on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 1998, and he won the prestigious Francoise Shapira Competition, the 41st Washington International Competition and was the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships.

He made his American debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17 and has performed with many leading orchestras both in Israel and abroad, including the Israel Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 2002 he performed the world premiere of Bardanashvilli’s Dialogues for Cello and Orchestra with the Israel Symphony Orchestra. Zvi Plesser is currently on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

He is frequently invited to give master classes and to coach in music centers in Europe and the USA. Read more…

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