considered one of the greatest Israeli clarinetists, he has been praised
internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major
voice in classical music.
Amit Arieli has drawn the attention of the musical world from a young
age, succeeding in major international clarinet competitions such as the
, the "Pergolesi" in
, the "Lefevre" in
. In 2000 he was awarded “Laureate” by the "Benny Goodman"
international clarinet competition in
Amit is nothing less than an original artist who has embarked on a
tremendous journey transforming the music of his Eastern European Jewish
heritage into something uniquely contemporary. That journey has lead
Amit to an astounding diversity of projects and collaborations ranging
from solo appearances with orchestras to major festival concerts with
his own improvisation based bands.
Arieli’s concert schedule is continuously growing, performing
throughout Europe and
. Some notable concert highlights include performances at Konzerthaus in
Wien, Festspielhaus in
, Grosses Philharmonie in
, Salle Cortot in
, Gasteig in
, Jack Singer Hall in
, Bass Hall in
in Washington, Teatro della Pergola in
, Teatro Marcello in
, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. He has thrilled audiences as soloist with
orchestras such as Wiener Symphoniker, Wurzurg Symphoniker, Orchestra
Sinfonica della Rai, Santa Monica Philharmonic, Orchestra Bruno Maderna,
Amit collaborates with many great interpreters, including Antonella
Ruggiero, Avi Avital, Yair Dalal, Miriam Toukan, Roberto Abbado and the
Jerusalem Quartet. Since 1998 he has toured in duo with his brother,
Arieli’s discography has begun in 2001 with a CD for the Italian label
Ethnoworld including classical music and klezmer. Together with some of
the greatest clarinetist in the world, he recorded the new complete
Weber edition produced by Taurus Classics. Since 2004 Amit records for
the Austrian label Arts. His 5 Arts CD's include Brahms Sonatas, two
Weber albums (Concertos, Concertino, Gran Duo Concertante), the World
Premiere Recording of Avni Clarinet Concerto. In 2005 Ethnoworld
released Arieli's first composition New Old Klezmer.
Critics and public alike have come to recognise Arieli’s
interpretations as communicating a deep emotion, he created contemporary
Jewish music that combined the joyous and mystical Yiddish tradition.
Amit Arieli graduated from the "L. Cherubini" Conservatory of
Florence and the Accademia del Clarinetto of
. He honored his talents as a student of great musicians like Giora
Feidman, Richard Stoltzman, Sabine Meyer, Riccardo Failli, Antony Pay,
Amit also writes and lectures on Jewish music and klezmer.