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Emanuel Gruber
Emanuel Gruber Soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Emanuel Gruber started his cello studies with the distinguished Romanian pedagogue Paul Ochialbi. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv and under the auspices of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation completed his musical training with Gregor Piatigorsky and Janos Starker. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Neville Marriner, Rudolph Barshai, Shelomo Mmtz, Pinchas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Philippe Entremont, Jean Bernard Pommier, Tamas Vasary, and Janos Starker. He is the winner of Pablo Casals prize by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Artists' Guild in New York.

Mr. Gruber was principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and co-principal of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He was a member of the Sequoia Quartet, CamerataTrio, Tel Aviv Piano Quartet and leader of the Israel Cello Ensemble. He is a founding member of the Tel Aviv Chamber Music Society and currently teaches cello and chamber music at East Carolina University. Previously, he taught at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and was visiting professor at Indiana University, School of Music in Bloomington. He teaches periodically at the Barcelona School of Music, the International Cello Seminar in Israel, the Canetti International Summer Course and the Summit Music Festival.

He has performed in many festivals including Bath, Salzburg, San Sebastian, Northwestern (Portland), Eilat (Israel), Musike (France), Music Spring (St. Petersburg), and Rostropovich (Riga). He has served as a jury member at the Second Davidoff International Cello Competition in Kuldiga, Latvia, and at the Music Competition in Salou, Spain. Mr. Gruber recorded for GDI, Israel ("The Heart of Cello"), for EMS, Belgium (“Festival of the 20th Century") for Beit Hatefutsot, Israel ("In Hassidic Style”), and for Erasmus, Holland (“Clarinet Trios" with the Camerata Trio).

Emanuel Gruber plays a David Tecchler Cello made in Rome in 1706.

Arnon Erez
Arnon Erez's international career began in 1990, after winning, together with his duo partner Hagai Shaham, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, a prize which has not been awarded in the violin-piano duo category since 1971. Since then, he performed in numerous leading concert halls such Carnegie Hall (New York), Beethoven Halle (Bonn), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Herkulessall (Munich), Musikverin (Wien), New Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), and the Wigmore Hall (London). He has appeared in many major concert venues and in festivals around the world including Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Rolandseck Festival Pro, Banff Festival, Radio France Festival in Montpellier and the Israel Festival.

As a soloist, Arnon Erez has performed with various orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWF Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Banff Festival Orchestra. In addition, he has given many recitals and recorded for radio and television stations in Germany, Austria, Israel, Turkey, Mexico and France. He has recorded several CDs including contemporary piano music for the American company CRI, Jewish violin music "Stempeny" by Joseph Achron for the English company Biddulph, and the music of Bloch and Grieg for Hyperion.

Apart from the Munich International Prize, Arnon Erez has won several major competitions including first prize of the Francois Shapira competition (1989), Israel's most prestigious national competition.

Born in Israel in 1965, he graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel-Aviv University, where he currently serves as a teacher.

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