Biography

 

 

                                                                      

 

Widely 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 "Mozart" in Valencia , the "Pergolesi" in Naples , the "Lefevre" in Paris . In 2000 he was awarded “Laureate” by the "Benny Goodman" international clarinet competition in Chicago .
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 America . Some notable concert highlights include performances at Konzerthaus in Wien, Festspielhaus in Salzburg , Grosses Philharmonie in Berlin , Salle Cortot in Paris , Seoul Art Center , Gasteig in Munich , Jack Singer Hall in Calgary , Bass Hall in Fort Worth and Meridian Center in Washington, Teatro della Pergola in Florence , Teatro Marcello in Rome , 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, Classica-Israel Orchestra.
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, Omer.
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 Milan . He honored his talents as a student of great musicians like Giora Feidman, Richard Stoltzman, Sabine Meyer, Riccardo Failli, Antony Pay, Israel Zohar.
Amit also writes and lectures on Jewish music and klezmer.

 

 

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