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ISRAELI AVIV STRING QUARTET (article first published : 2005-05-29)

Friends of Music will present a recital on June 12 by the highly acclaimed, international award-winning Israeli Aviv String Quartet with well-known Israeli pianist, Dror Biran. Other members are Sergey Ostrovsky, Evgenia Epshtein, Rachel Mercer and Shuli Waterman.

The Aviv Quartet was founded in 1997 and ever since, these fine young musicians have regularly performed at all the leading music venues and festivals around the globe.

Dror Biran is acknowledged internationally as one of the foremost pianists working in chamber music. He has achieved top awards in the Cleveland International Competition in 1997, the Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain in 1998, and in 2000, the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists in Israel. He has performed with several leading orchestras in Lithuania, Cleveland, Spain, Italy and South Africa.

In 1999, the Aviv Quartet won the First Prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in all 4 categories. In 2003, they won the Special Interpretation award for Death and the Maiden and 2nd Prize in The Schubert Competition in Graz, Austria. Their performances everywhere have received rave reviews and immediate repeat invitations.

They have won acclaim and impressed audiences with their mature musical ability from Israel, London, Europe, South Africa and Australia to their debut in the USA. When they were in Durban in 2003, they received a standing ovation.

The concert will take place on a Sunday afternoon, making it more accessible for senior patrons to attend this musical treat. Works on the programme are Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat major Op.18 No 6, Bartók’s String Quartet No 5 and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No 2 in A Major, Op.81.

The concert takes place at 15h30 on June 12 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort Road, Durban. There is a cash bar and safe parking. Booking is at Computicket.




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