Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Lahav Shani: An Exciting Young Conductor

Lahav Shani: Ένας συναρπαστικός νέος μαέστρος

Ο Lahav Shani γεννήθηκε στο Τελ Αβίβ το 1989. Ξεκίνησε τις σπουδές του στο πιάνο στην ηλικία των έξι, με τη Hannah Shalgi, και τις συνέχισε με τον καθηγητή Arie Vardi στο Buchmann-Mehta School of Music στη γενέτειρά του. Ολοκλήρωσε τις σπουδές του στη Μουσική Ακαδημία "Hanns Eisler" στο Βερολίνο, στη μουσική διεύθυνση με τον καθηγητή Christian Ehwald και στο πιάνο με τον καθηγητή Fabio Bidini. Προστατευόμενος, τα τελευταία χρόνια, του Ντάνιελ Μπάρενμποϊμ, ο Lahav Shani κέρδισε, το 2013, το πρώτο βραβείο στον Διεθνή Διαγωνισμό Μουσικής Διεύθυνσης «Γκούσταβ Μάλερ», ο οποίος διοργανώνεται στη γερμανική πόλη Μπάμπεργκ.

Προκαλώντας μεγάλη εντύπωση με την εκπληκτική ωριμότητά του και το μουσικό του ένστικτο, καθιερώθηκε ταχύτατα ως μαέστρος, διευθύνοντας μεγάλες και ιστορικές ορχήστρες, όπως τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Βαυαρικής Ραδιοφωνίας, τη Φιλαρμονική της Βιένης, τη Φιλαρμονική του Λος Άντζελες, τη Σταατσκαπέλε του Βερολίνου, τη Σταατσκαπέλε της Δρέσδης, τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Ραδιοφωνίας του Βερολίνου, τη Φιλαρμονική της Τσεχίας, την Ορχήστρα Tonhalle της Ζυρίχης, τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Ολλανδικής Ραδιοφωνίας, την Ορχήστρα Φιλαρμόνια του Λονδίνου, τη Βασιλική Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Στοκχόλμης, τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Γκέτεμποργκ, τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Ραδιοφωνίας της Φρανκφούρτης, τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Κολωνίας, τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Μπάμπεργκ, τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Γαλλικής Ραδιοφωνίας, την Εθνική Ορχήστρα του Καπιτωλίου της Τουλούζης, τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα του Ρότερνταμ, τη βελγική Βασιλική Φλαμανδική Φιλαρμονική, την αγγλική συμφωνική ορχήστρα Hallé, τη βρετανική Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Μπέρμιγχαμ, τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Σεούλ και τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα Yomiuri Nippon του Τόκιο.

Ο Lahav Shani έχει προσκληθεί ως επισκέπτης αρχιμουσικός από τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Βιένης, για την περίοδο 2017-2018.

Prodigiously gifted 27 year old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani's conducting career was launched when he won first prize at the 2013 Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg. Since then he has quickly established himself as one of the most talked about young conducting talents making a huge impression with his astonishing maturity and natural, instinctive musicality.

In January 2016 Shani stood in for Philippe Jordan conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra on a major European tour including concerts in Paris, Frankfurt and Munich. In the 2017-2018 season Shani will become Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

In June 2014 Shani made a sensational debut in Berlin, replacing Michael Gielen, with the Berlin Staatskapelle with concerts at the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Berlin Philharmonie. He returns to conduct the orchestra for four performances of "La Bohème" in December 2016 at the Berliner Staatsoper and for orchestral concerts in the Berlin Philharmonie in May 2017. In December 2015 Shani stepped in, at short notice, for an indisposed Franz Welser-Moest for concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein when he directed Bach: Concerto in D minor from the keyboard and conducted Mahler's Symphony No.1 winning high praise from the critics and a standing ovation from the public.

In the 2015-2016 season and beyond, Shani will conduct orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Dresden Staatskapelle, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National du Capital de Toulouse, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony.

In October 2013 Shani was invited to open the season of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – Globes, reviewing one of the performances, wrote that "this concert will be remembered as a dizzying, perhaps even historic event in the history of the Israel Philharmonic". An immediate re-invitation followed for the next two seasons. His close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic started in 2007 when he performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and continued in 2010 when he joined Mehta and the orchestra on tour in Asia, where he participated as solo pianist, conductor's assistant and as double bass player.

Shani was born in 1989 in Tel Aviv. He started his piano studies at six with Hannah Shalgi, and continued with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. He then went on to complete his studies in conducting with Prof. Christian Ehwald and piano with Prof. Fabio Bidini, both at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. In recent years he has been mentored by Daniel Barenboim.


Shani imbued the work (Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1) with such a mature, noble composure and a striving for perfection that was clear to everyone on the day that nobody could believe he was only 26... pure authority, refined by exceptional skill. — Wiener Zeitung, November 2015

Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, Bamberg

Incredibly assured, self-composed and with lightning-quick musical reactions... Shani already has an astonishingly professional baton technique, is always ahead of the orchestra with his markings, turns musical ideas into expressive movements with his hands, does not gesticulate, does not lose himself in details, but rather possesses a distinct structural awareness... He creates an unerring sense of atmosphere and the finest musical depiction of light and shadow. — Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 2013 

An instinctive and communicative clarity of expression... The two middle movements of Mahler's sixth symphony with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra once again confirmed the astonishing maturity of Lahav Shani who not only chiselled a razor-sharp sound in the scherzo, but also in the Andante moderato demonstrated a command which matched the thoughtful reflections he had given in conversation that day. — Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 2013

Shani already displays an almost uncanny ability to inhabit physically the precise character of a phrase or musical gesture. Praising his natural musicality, the warmth of his communication and his relaxed, charismatic body language, the judges saw in him an extra spark that merited the coveted first place. — Jessica Duchen, Jewish Chronicle, June 2013

Photo by Peter Eberts

See also

Ernest Bloch: Schelomo, Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra – Nicolas Altstaedt, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Lahav Shani (HD 1080p)

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor – Vlad Stanculeasa, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lahav Shani

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1 in D major "Titan" – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lahav Shani

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