Giora Feidman is an Israeli virtuoso of clarinet who specializes in klezmer music (secular music of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe). Feidman began his musical career in Buenos Aires as a member of the Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra, later he immigrated to Israel to become the youngest clarinetist ever to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with some of the world’s best orchestras, such as the Berliner Symphoniker, the Kronos Quartet, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Munich Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, and the “Moscow Virtuosi”. Giora Feidman is also very popular for having played the clarinet solos for the soundtrack of “Schindler’s List”.
Feidman skillfully combines his solo career with teaching activities in Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and Bar-Ilan University, he also founded the “Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee” seminar and master class programme, which takes place every year in Safed, Israel.
Giora Feidman is one of the most distinguished musicians of our time who, through research of the Jewish musical art origins, made klezmer tradition the world’s treasure, a part of global musical culture. Famous for technically surpassing clarinet playing skill, wide variety of tones and accents, and a jazz-like sense of rhythm, Feidman performs a wide repertoire from Gershwin and Bernstein to his own compositions, numerous Klezmer and classical pieces of music.