IPO CLARINET TRIO
Since their formation in2015, the IPO Clarinet Trio has appeared at the most prestigious venues in the US and Europe. Their performances have been lauded in the international press.. A recent sold-out tour in Israel led to an immediate re-invitation for the next season. They are frequent guests at music festivals around the world. In 2016 The Trio made a successful Debut tour in China including concerts in Wuhan, Changsha, and Beijing (the Forbidden City Concert Hall). A New album is set to be released, featuring three trios by Brahms, Zemlinsky and Frühling, that were composed within a decade near the end of the 19th Century
Ron Selka, Principal Clarinetist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, has appeared in recitals and chamber music concerts in Europe, the USA and Israel. He has performed as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta as well as with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Lezion and the IDF Chamber Orchestra. His performance of the Mozart clarinet concerto is frequently broadcasted in the French Television channel “Mezzo”
An active chamber musician, Ron Selka was a prizewinner in both the Coleman and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions in the USA (1994). He has collaborated with artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin and Mischa Maisky, Mira Zakai & Aviram Reichert. He is a founding member of the New Israel Ensemble. His festival appearances include the Israel Festival, Kfar Blum and Pro Festival (Germany). He frequently records for Israel Radio and is a faculty member of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv University.
Born in Israel, he studied with Mr. Eli Heifetz and Mr. Richard Lesser. He earned his B.M. and M.M. at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with Eli Eban and James Campbell and where he won the Woodwind Concerto Competition (1994)
Born in Milano, where he received his Master's Degree at the Conservatorio di Musica G. Verdi. In 1996 he received the Diploma Ad Honorem from the Academia Chigiana in Siena, and in 1997 a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Academie der Stadt Basel.
He was awarded many first prizes in Italy and abroad in cello competitions, and a second prize at the Domnick Preis International Cello Competition in Stuttgart in 1996.
In 2003 he was appointed Principal Cellist of the Orchestra del Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, after playing as principal cellist in orchestras such as Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino.
Among his activities as a chamber music player, he was the cellist and co-founder of the Quartetto D’archi del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, in which he appeared until his immigration to Israel in 2011.
Since the beginning of the 2011/12 season, he has been the Principal Cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the cellist of the Israel String Quartet.
STEVEN VANHAUWAERT– PIANO
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his ‘impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique’, Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, amongst which the First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert has made his solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles performing the world premiere of Fratello, by Magnus Lindberg,
and he was featured again in the Piano Spheres series at Disney Hall with a daring program consisting exclusively of 20th and 21st century etudes for piano, including special commissions by Veronika Krausas and Eric Tanguy. He also appeared as a soloist at the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kiev, amongst others.
His discography features Schubert, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Schumann, and Debussy, as well as a wide range of lesser-known composers. His albums Joseph Woelfl: The Paris Years (Sonarti Records) and Pensées Intimes (Hortus Records) were included in the Top 10 award on the Belgian radio and received 5 diapasons in France. His album Dispersion (Hortus Records) featuring works by Hindemith, Vierne, Casella, Schulhoff and a world premiere recording by Belgian composer Raymond Moulaert, received rave reviews in Germany, France, Holland, the UK and the US.
Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.