Inbal Megiddo and Anna Grinberg
Israeli cellist Inbal Megiddo brings to her performances years of experience, the influence of master teachers, and praise from influential musicians. Maestro Zubin Mehta describes her as “an extremely talented, very musical musician.” At her New York debut at the Lincoln Center her playing was hailed by the press as having “magical expression and technical expertise.” She has a “warm lustrous communicative way... the performance was sincerity personified!”
Ms Megiddo has given many concerts in Europe, Asia and America. Among these are a recital in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, her Berlin debut with the Berlin Symphony with Maestro Lior Shambadal at the Philharmonie and a recital at the Staatsoper. She has had performances and radio broadcasts with the Jerusalem Symphony under the direction of Sergiu Comissiona, live recital broadcasts in several countries including Germany, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Israel (Mishkenot Sha’ananim Music Center, and Eden Tamir Center in Jerusalem), and the USA (Chicago - the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series - and New York’s Bob Sherman Show on WQXR). She has performed and toured extensively with recital partner, pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar. A champion of contemporary compositions, Ms Megiddo has made a recording of Israeli composer Hanna Levy's works, a recording of works by Douglas Lilburn for the Atoll label, and premiered works of composers including Ezra Laderman, Dave Brubeck, and Ofer Ben Amots. She has also regularly recorded and performed with the Grammy Award nominated group, The Yale Cellos. Volume 1 of her recording of the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations with pianist Jian Liu was released on Rattle Records in 2011 to critical acclaim, with Vol. 2 scheduled for release in 2013. In September 2012, she gave the New Zealand premiere of the Barber Cello Concerto, where her playing was hailed as “Superb!” and “virtuosic, brilliant and powerful.” Other recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Ukraine Philharmonic, the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, performance of Bloch’s Schelomo, performance at the Lincoln Center in New York, and recital tours of Israel, Australia and Asia.
Ms. Megiddo has received many awards and prizes, including first prizes at the William Waite competition, the Friends of Music competition, the Max Varon Fund, and the Aviezer Foundation. Since the age of six, she has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, under the patronage of Isaac Stern. She was selected by the Stradivari Society as a rising star as a musician “with the rare combination of extraordinary interpretive depth, virtuosity, and charisma to reach international stardom”, receiving use of a Stradivarius cello on loan.
Anna Grinberg is a sought-after pianist in solo, chamber and ensemble settings in Australia and internationally. Born in the former Soviet Union, and later becoming an Israeli citizen, Anna’s career has seen concertizing in the U.S., Australia, Israel, England, Italy, Germany, and Belgium. While studying at Yale University with Boris Berman, Anna was awarded the top music prize – the “Horatio Parker Award”. During earlier study in Israel Anna won prizes in several competitions, including the Katz Piano Competition on two occasions. She has also been the recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships, and was sponsored in a year of study at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Anna was a major prizewinner in the Connecticut Young Artists Piano Competition on two occasions.