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The viola-player Gilad Karni has won praise worldwide for his tone and interpretation. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, in Israel and the United States. He won first prize in the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and was a top prize winner of the world renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Other awards include Third Prize in the 1992 Bryan International String Competition (USA), First Prize in the Israeli Broadcasting Authority Competition for Best Performance of 1991, the Peter Schidlof Prize for the Most Beautiful Tone in the 1991 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition (England), and the Best Interpretation Prize for the commissioned concerto in the 1989 Third International Maurice Vieux Viola Competition in France.

He is in great demand not only as a soloist but as a chamber musician and string pedagogue, and has performed in chamber music festivals worldwide, collaborating with the most distinguished colleagues. He has been a faculty member at the prestigious Banff and Aspen Music festivals, as well as by personal invitation to Charles Dutoit’s CISMA summer academy in China. In 2004 Gilad Karni was appointed Principal Violist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, after holding similar positions with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Deutsche Oper. Previous to that he was the youngest member of the New York Philharmonic.

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