Michael Melzer

מיכאל מלצרMichael Melzer is considered to be the father of artistic Recorder-playing in Israel as well as a most prominent artist of the Early-Music scene in Israel.

Professor Melzer was the Vice-President for Academic Affairs in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance 1997-2013.

Born in Haifa. B.A. from the Tel-Aviv University, and Diplome in Early-Music (both Recorder and Baroque-Flute) from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. First winner of the Francois Shapira Prize (1978) and the first Cylinder Prize of Omanut La’am (Israel’s Arts’ Network).

Frequent Soloist with all Israeli orchestras. Guest-Conductor with orchestras such as Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony, Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the Israel Sinfonietta Be’er-Sheba.

Soloist with Orchestras in tours of Spain, Great Britain (Aberdeen Festival), Norway, Finland, Germany (including in Berlin Philharmonie and Köln Philharmonie), Holland, Austria (including in the Musikverein Wien) and the U.S.A. (New York, Boston, Los Angeles and more), under the baton of Rudolph Barshai, Frans Bruggen, Iona Brown, Mendi Rodan, Avner Biron, Andrew Laurence King and Shalom Ronly-Riklis.

Michael played in chamber-music ensembles with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman (in the framework of the Israel Festival), Boris Berman, Christoph Coin, Nigel Rogers, Maurice Bourg, Jerusalem Quartet, Aviv Quartet, Shlomo Gronich and numerous Israeli artists.

Michael designed and directed special productions for all Israeli festivals as well as for Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Barcelona Festival (Spain) and Bnei-Brith Festival (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London). He was the Artistic Director of the Voice of Music in the Upper Galilee Festival 2000-2010, and of the Renaissance Festival in 2005.

He recorded more than 90 Discs including his own arrangements of Bach’s Organ music (the Melzer Consort) and Yehezkiel Braun’s Flute Concerto (for Schwann-Koch Label).

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