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works of Schubert and Brahms, with
perform both as a soloist and chamber
Tocco at the piano.
musician. But, although he may be
In addition to the Emerson Quartet
new to Detroit-area audiences, he's
— half of whose members are Jewish
certainly no novice.
— the festival also features several
By the time he was in his teens, the
other Jewish performers well known to cellist had won various honors and
Detroit audiences, including pianist
awards in Israel. Then visiting
Ruth Laredo, violinist Shmuel
American musicians Leonard Bernstein
Ashkenazi and Detroit Symphony
and Isaac Stern heard him play.
clarinetist Larry Liberson.
"They picked me up and brought me
Along with presenting established
over here," says Hanani, who first came
musicians, the GLCMF is home to the to the United States in 1964. "It was
Catherine Filene Shouse Chamber
like a fairy tale — one minute I was
Music Institute, which each summer
there, the next minute, I was here."
brings young ensembles to study and
At Bernstein's request, Hanani's army
perform with the festival artists.
duty was postponed and he enrolled at
The Aviv String Quartet, an Israeli
New York's Juilliard School of Music,
group founded in 1997, is one of the
where he studied primarily with cellist
four Shouse ensembles at this year's
Leonard Rose. He graduated in 1966,
festival. Three of the group's perform-
just as the school moved to its present
ers are Israeli citizens: violinists Sergey
headquarters at Lincoln Center.
Ostrovsky and Evgenia Epstein, both
"Marc Chagall gave me an auto-
emigres from Russia who received
graphed poster of his stained glass
recognition as concertmasters of the
mural for the Metropolitan Opera,
Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,
which was just being installed," he
and violist Shuli
Waterman, who was
Hanani also studied
born in Haifa and stud-
with Pablo Casals at the
ied both in Tel Aviv and
Marlboro Music Festival
at London's Royal
in Vermont and at the
Academy of Music.
legendary Spanish cellist's
home in Prades, at the
Rachel Mercer, who
foothills of the French
studied with Shauna
Pyrenees. Studying with
Casals, who was then in
Lesser and Dmitri
his 90s, was the fulfill-
Fershtman, joined the
ment of a lifetime dream,
quartet last June.
The young group has
The Israeli-born cellist
won awards at music
went on to teach at near-
ly every major music fes-
Cellist Yehuda Hanani
Holland, Australia and
tival and school in the
world, including 25 sum-
ing the Daimler Chrysler Grand Prize
mers at the Aspen Music Festival. He
at the Third Melbourne International
has performed as soloist with orches-
Chamber Music Competition.
tras from Jerusalem to Buenos Aires to
At the GLCMF, the Aviv Quartet will
perform works of 20th-century Viennese
"He is such a master of his instru-
composer Alban Berg and of Festival
ment in every way that this critic can
Composer-In-Residence David Baker,
only express wonderment at such tal-
who chairs the Indiana University
ent," stated a writer for Berlin's Der
School of Music Jazz Department.
In addition, the quartet will perform
Returning to Casals' Prades as a
several times at concert preludes, the
mature artist was among Hanani's most.,
20-30 minute performances and/or
moving experiences. "It was very mean-
discussions that take place before each
ingful to me to come back to a place
subscription concert except for those
where my teacher — my rebbe — had
during opening weekend. Preludes,
made his home in exile," he says.
which are free to ticket-holders to that
Among Hanani's recordings is the
concert, are sponsored this year by the
first-ever of the cello sonata by Jewish
Edward C. Levy Co.
composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. The
recording was nominated for a Grand
Prix du Disque in the composer's
A new addition to the roster of
Now professor of cello at the University
GLCMF artists this year is Jerusalem-
of Cincinnati College Conservatory of
born cellist Yehuda Hanani, who will
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