First Principal Violinist of the Berlin Philharmonic Amihai Grosz will perform a recital with pianist Yaron Rosenthal on 19 October at 8.00pm at the Convent Ballroom. The concert was organised by the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society.

Grosz was born in 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, and initially learned to play the violin at five-years-of-age, before switching to the viola at age 11.

In Jerusalem, he was taught by David Chen, later by Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as in Jerusalem by Haim Taub, who had a formative influence on him.

Amember of the ‘Young Musicians Group’ of the Jerusalem Music Center, a program for outstanding young musical talents, Grosz received scholarships through the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation.

This gave him the opportunity, at a very young age, to work with renowned artists such as Isaac Stern or the Guarneri Quartet.

He won 1st prize in the Braun Roger Siegel Competition of the University of Jerusalem and received the renowned Gottesman Prize for Viola in the Aviv Competition, the most prominent competition in Israel.

Amihai Grosz works, in solo and in chamber music projects, with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Mitsuko Uchida, Oleg Maisenberg, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and David Geringas; he performs in concert houses and at festivals all over the world, including at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Delft Festival, Salon Festival and Verbier Festival, at the BBC Proms, in the Bahnhof Rolandseck, at the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, at Spectrum Concerts Berlin and at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

After ten years of professional work, 2010 marked the start of something new for Grosz: Beginning in the 2010/11 season, Grosz was the Principal Violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, an orchestra with which worked on various projects in recent years.

Yaron Rosenthal is member of Piano Faculty, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He has played as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, National Orchestra of RAI, Turin, Calgary Philharmonic, Santiago de Chile Philharmonic, the Camerata Virtuosi of New York, and other orchestras. Rosenthal has given recitals and participated in chamber-music concerts in Israel, Europe, North and South America, Australia, and South Africa.

The programme will feature compositions for viola and piano by J.S.Bach, E.Bloch, R. Schumann and F. Schubert.