Chen Halevi

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Chen Halevi is a clarinettist. A native of the Negev desert in Israel, he studied the clarinet with Yitzchak Kazap and Richard Lesser, continuing with Mordechai Rechtman and Chaim Taub for his chamber music studies.


His debut was with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.[1] Since then he has performed with several of the most important orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the European Soloists, the Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Jerusalem Radio Orchestra, the MDR Philharmonic Leipzig, the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.


Today, Chen Halevi is considered to be one of the world’s leading virtuoso clarinettists, playing recitals, concertos, and chamber music with equal success.[1] He is known for his impressive repertoire range that goes from the most difficult contemporary music to playing early music on authentic ‘period’ instruments.[1] Haaretz wrote: “ This boy is blessed with a wonderful fusion of artistic musicality and amazing playing technique, all in the service of the muses.” [1]

A frequent participant in summer festivals, Chen Halevi has appeared at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Santa Fe Festivals in the United States, while his European appearances have included stops at Schleswig Holstein, Colmar, Forcalquier, Prussia Cove, Davos, Rolandseck, Aldebburgh and Verbier Chamber Music Festivals, as well as the PMF Festival in Japan and the Perth International Arts Festival.

A great lover of chamber music, Chen Halevi has performed with Pinchas Zukerman and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as numerous well-known string quartets, including the Keller, Szymanowski, Fine arts, Miro, Prazac, St. Lawrence, Arcanto, Vogler and Kronos Quartets. His close ties with composers has led him to perform a great number of works by, amongst other, Luciano Berio, György Kurtág, Magnus Lindberg, Osvaldo Golijov, Yan Maresz, Michael Jarrell, Brian Ferneyhough, Marco Stroppa, Bruno Mantovani and Thomas Adès. Chen Halevi is a dedicatee of a cycle of pieces by Denis Cohen, Nodus for solo clarinet, Ombre for clarinet and electronics and soft machine for clarinet and cello as well as Les asperges de la lune for solo clarinet by Sven-Ingo Koch and a clarinet trio by Lior Navok.[1] He also premiered Sven-Ingo Koch's Doppelgänger, a concerto for clarinet and orchestra.

Projects and Teaching[edit]

He is now working on a recording project, which presents an anthology of 20th Century music for clarinet, and includes his selections of the solo, chamber music, concerto, and electronic works. Halevi is currently the Clarinet Professor in the Trossingen Hochschule fur Musik in Germany and has travelled all over the world to give master classes to spread his school of teaching and playing. Since 2007 he is a Faculty member in the summer master classes at the Banff Centre.[1]

In 2007 Chen Halevi founded ClaRecords – a company that will commission, produce and record new pieces from today’s leading composers as well as young and upcoming ones. ClaRecords will be working with other modern art forms to stimulate dialogue between different modes of expression in the 21st century. In its first year Clarecords had commissioned 5 new pieces and made a music video in 3D computer animation.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Chen Halevi Biography - The Banff Centre". Retrieved 2009-04-05. 

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