Israeli Chamber Project - Friends of Chamber Music

Israeli Chamber Project

October 18, 2016 8:00 pm The Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.

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Single tickets available July 2, 2016


Tibi Cziger / clarinet
Carmit Zori / violin
Michal Korman / cello
Assaff Weisman / piano


Aram Khachaturian
Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano

Erwin Schulhoff
Duo for Violin and Cello

Gilad Hochman
Slightly Disturbed (Clarinet, Violin, Cello)

Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Trio in A minor, Opus 114

The Friends are thrilled to present a first visit by the Israeli Chamber Project, with an exciting and varied programme. This dynamic ensemble of piano, clarinet and strings has garnered rave reviews while on tour on both sides of the Atlantic.

“These players have to be heard to be believed.” –American Record Guide

“A band of world-class soloists… in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” –Time Out New York

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Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)

Andante con dolore, con molto espressione

The Trio dates from 1932, while Georgian composer Khachaturian was studying with Nikolai Myaskovsky at the Moscow Conservatory. What first distinguishes Khachaturian’s Clarinet Trio from nearly all others written earlier is his use of the violin rather than the mellower-sounding viola or cello. The higher-sounding string instrument becomes more of a partner to the clarinet, sharing the melodic duties throughout the piece. In three movements, the trio displays Khachaturian’s trademark use of cross rhythms, folk songs, and harmonies that could be thorny at some times or bittersweet at others.

Watch the Israeli Chamber Project perform Khachaturian’s Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano.

Duo for Violin and Cello Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Zingaresca. Allegro giocoso

Born in Prague, Schulhoff established himself as a composer and concert pianist. After World War I, he settled in Germany where he came under the influence of Schoenberg. An avowed communist, Schulhoff took Soviet citizenship in 1941, but his efforts to avoid the Nazis failed. A Czech Jew now associated with an enemy nation, he was captured and imprisoned in the Wälzburg concentration camp, where he died from tuberculosis on August 18, 1942.

The Israeli Chamber Project perform Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello below.


Slightly Disturbed (Clarinet, Violin, Cello) Gilad Hochman (1982- )

Israeli composer Gilad Hochman’s father was from Odessa and his mother was from Paris; he currently lives in Berlin. He began playing the piano at six and started composing at nine. He graduated from the Herzeli’ya Music Conservatory, and proceeded to the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University. At age 24, Hochman became the youngest composer awarded the prestigious Israeli Prime Minister Award (2007) and the youngest to be appointed composer in residence by the Ra’anana Symphonette. He founded and artistically directed the Arco String Ensemble and the New Sounds concert series of the Israel Composers’ League.

The Israeli Chamber Project perform Hochman’s Slightly Disturbed.

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Andante grazioso

By the end of 1890, Brahms let it be known that he did not plan to write any new compositions. But in March 1891, on a visit to the court of the duke of Meiningen, Brahms heard the principal clarinetist of the Ducal Orchestra, Richard Mühlfeld. Captivated by his skill, Brahms was inspired to write four works for clarinet, including this trio. It was completed by July, and the public premiere took place in Berlin on December 12, 1891 with Mühlfeld playing clarinet, Robert Hausmann cello, and Brahms himself at the piano.

Watch Brahms’ Trio in A minor, Op. 114 performed by Martin Fröst clarinet, Clemens Hagen cello, Leif Ove Andsnes piano at the 2010 International Chamber Music Festival.