Praised by the NY Times for their “excellence, poise and precision,” the Meitar Ensemble, founded in 2004 by artistic director Amit Dolberg, has established itself as a prominent array of virtuosos specializing in contemporary music. Based in Tel-Aviv, they have been featured at some of the most prestigious venues worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Purcell Room (London), the Radial System and BKA Aminy Award (2006), Partosh Award (2008), and the Landau Award (2010). Winners of the Silver Palm award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival for their historical performance at the Wannsee Vila, “Am Grossen Wannsee – The Wannsee Recordings”, directed by Emre Amram Sonmez.
The Meitar Ensemble has initiated a unique educational youth program, the Tedarim Project, offering young musicians in all fields (performance, conducting and composing) an opportunity to learn, explore and perform new music at the highest level. A special program for children “What’s that noise?”, offering contemporary music for the whole family has won great success and claimed many praises. In addition, the ensemble has established the CEME New Music Festival and Master Courses for young professional musicians. Among their visiting guests are Ivan Fedele, Philippe Leroux, Fabian Panisello, Pierre-Andre Valade (conductor-in-residence) and members of Ensemble Modern.
The present tour by the Meiter Ensemble mixes a repertoire of leading Canadian composers, Israeli and Israeli-Canadian composers from several generations and backgrounds. One of the programs’ focuses is Philippe Leroux, a professor of composition at McGill University and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. He has been a composer in residence of the Meitar Ensemble for the last five years, during which the ensemble has performed eight of his works, two world premieres, and recorded a portrait album. The Arte Musica foundation has commissioned a new piece by Leroux to be premiered on this tour. Three Israeli composers are included in the program of the tour and will allow Canadian audience to be encountered to music from this region: Ruben Seroussi, a professor in Tel-Aviv Music Academy, and two young Israeli composers, Ofer Pelz and Uri Cochavi, both settled in Canada and who are drawing international attention to their unique musical voice. During the tour, the ensemble will also include Laurie Radford’s recent quartet, written for the ensemble and recently premiered in Tel-Aviv. Well-known French conductor Pierre-André Valade, who has worked closely with the ensemble since 2014, will join the ensemble for this tour, his first performances in North America in over a decade. It will be a rare opportunity for the Canadian public to encounter his talent and experience.