Ofer Canetti – Violoncello
Born in Israel, 1987
Graduated his studies from The Buchmann-Mehta School of music at the Tel-Aviv
University, the Hochschule für Musik in Köln, and the Mozarteum University, Salzburg,
under the guidance of, among others, Prof. Hillel Zori and Prof. Clemens Hagen.
In addition, Ofer received regular guidance from his mentor Prof. Uzi Wiesel.
Ofer has performed his Debut Recital in the Carnegie-Hall, New-York in February,
Performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the world such as the Deutsche
Kammerakademie Neuss, the Jeaner Philharmonie, Georgische Kammerorchester
Ingolstadt, Moscow Chamber Orchestra of the Slobotkin Center and the Haifa
Ofer is regularly invited to teach and perform in many concerts, recitals and festivals
around Europe and Israel, where he had the opportunities to perform with numerous
appreciated musicians such as Howard Klug, Rudolf Koelman, Ida Bieler, Ludwig
Mueller, Tomer Lev, James Maddox, Vladimir Ivanov, Boris Giltburg and many others.
In 2015 Ofer joined the "Aviv" quartet for concert tours around Israel and Europe including concerts in the "Gaia
Festival" Switzerland and the Wigmore hall in London.
Prize winner of the “Bucchi” International Competition for Cello playing in the 20th-21st centuries, Rome, 2011. the
"Enerico Mainardi Competition", Salzburg 2012, the Buchman-Mehta school of music competitions in the Solo
instrument and Chamber music categories as well as special prizes in the "Allegro Vivo" festival in Austria, and the
"Paul Ben-Haim" competition in Israel.
Winner with excellence of the American-Israeli cultural foundation scholarship and from 2007 was granted the
prestigious scholarship for studies abroad.
Ofer is a founding member of the "Testore Quartet" and the "Testore Ensemble" with them he had won several prizes
and have had the opportunities to perform in many festivals and concert venues such as the Arnold Schoenberg Center,
Vienna and the ORF RadioKulturhaus, Vienna, the "35th Musical evenings of Piran" and the "Tartini Festival" in
Slovenia and in the 2nd "Salzburg Chamber Music Festival".
In 2014 Ofer was one of the principal cellists of the Jenaer philharmonie, Germany, and since 2010, Ofer is a principal
Cellist of the "Salzburg Chamber Soloists".
As part of his artistic values Ofer puts emphasis on performing and recording Israeli compositions such as the full Cello
repertoire by Paul Ben-Haim, "Kaddish" by M. Kopitman and "Confession" by N. Sheriff.
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