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Meitar Ensemble

The Meitar Ensemble has firmly cemented itself as a leading presence in the contemporary music world over the past 17 years.

Founded in 2004 by artistic director Amit Dolberg, the Tel Aviv-based collective of virtuosos has been hailed by The New York Times for its “excellence, poise and precision” and is acclaimed for its role in enriching Israeli music and culture.

The ensemble in residence at the Israel Conservatory of Music, the Meitar Ensemble has also appeared at highly prestigious venues and festivals worldwide, including ManiFeste in Paris, the Venice Biennale for Contemporary Music, 92Y in New York and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival. 

The group’s many accolades include the 2006 Binyaminy Award, the 2008 Partosh Award and the 2010 Landau Award. Their Philippe Leroux profile album ‘Ailes,’ conducted by Pierre-André Valade, won a Coups de Cœur prize for outstanding contemporary music album​​ from the Académie Charles Cros in 2018.

The ensemble regularly collaborates with renowned composers like Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux, Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas, Philippe Hurel, Ivan Fedele and Chaya Czernowin in addition to leading Israeli composers.

The group is also active in a number of projects that help foster the next generation of contemporary musicians. In 2017 it launched Tedarim, a Master’s Degree track for contemporary music performance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, and serves as the program’s artistic director.

It also founded CEME — whose Mastercourse for young professional musicians has become a well-known event in the international contemporary music scene — and has oversaw the prestigious Matan Givol International Composers Competition for the past five years.