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Il Paganini del mandolino

The Spheres

Friday, 7PM to 9PM
21 September 2018


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Il Paganini del mandolino

The Spheres

Friday, 7PM to 9PM
21 September 2018




Il Paganini del mandolino – Mozart sonate per violino

Shmuel Elbaz – mandolino
Asaf Kleinman – pianoforte
W.A. Mozart – Sonate per violino e pianoforte, trascritti per mandolino

Sonata No.22 in A major KV 305
Allegro di molto
Thema. Andante grazioso- variation I-V , Variation VI – Allegro
Sonata No.18 in G major KV 301
Allegro con Spirito
Sonata No.21 in E minor KV 304
Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata No.17 in C major KV 296
Allegro Vivace
Andante Sostenuto
Rondo. Allegro



“Paganini of the Mandolin” (Jerusalem Post)

Shmuel Elbaz is one of the foremost and versatile musician emerged from Israel.
He performs as a Mandolin artist and as a conductor with all major orchestras in Israel including the Israel Philharmonic and others worldwide.

Shmuel was the first Israeli who brought the instrument to the front stage as a classical instrument . His world premiere recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin performed on a Mandolin has aroused a great interest , and broadcasted on numerous radio stations. He promotes contemporary music and performs many works dedicated for him. Shmuel is the winnerof the prestigious international plucked instruments competition in La – Rioja , Spain.

Shmuel’s interest in encounters between western and non- western music cultures brought him to many collaborations during the years. For more than a decade Shmuel served as the music director of the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra. During the period under his musical direction, the orchestra was awarded the prestigious “Israel Prize” for its contribution to society and state in culture. Hundreds of his orchestral arrangements has been performed and recorded by many orchestras, ensembles and singers.

As a part of his pedagogical activiy, Shmuel has taught at the Haifa and Ben Gurion Universities and serves as a lecturer in the department of soundtrack film studies at the Sapir college. As part of his commitment to the community and the periphery in israel Shmuel founded the Netivot Music Conservatory were he serves as it’s director.

Shmuel Elbaz was born in israel . He started his musical education at the Beer Sheva music Conservatory in the Mandolin class of the legendary Simcha Nathanson.
He graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and the Sweelink Music Academy in Amsterdam in the art of performance and conducting under the guidnace of
Mendi Rodan, Roland Kift and Peter Eötvös among others.

Since 2016 shmuel serves as the resident conductor of the NKO (Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra)
Asaf Kleinman has been praised as a “unique talent” by critics and audience alike and is quickly gaining the recognition as one of the most distinguished Israeli pianists in his generation currently based in Europe. Russian eminent pianist Nikolai Petrov described him as a “rare musician and pianist”, and since his debut at the “Musical Kremlin” festival in Moscow at 2004 by his invitation, he performs extensively as a soloist and a chamber music player in Israel, Europe and other parts of the world. Some of the venues he has performed including The Kremlin in Moscow, Xi’an Concert Hall in China, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Théâtre de Vevey in Switzerland or Chișinău Organ Hall in the Republic of Moldova.
Kleinman performs regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra and the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva, under Justus Frantz, Uriel Segal, Vag Papian or Doron Salomon, among others. His concerts appearances were broadcast on different TV and radio channels like the Israeli Television, the Russian Television, “Radio Clásica” in Spain or the Israeli “Voice of Music” network.
His interests in a large spectrum of music making made him collaborate with rock or folk musicians making a large amount of arrangements, as well in the improvisation field where he has been described as a “phenomenon”. Some of his early pieces like “Last Wishes” for Piano and Orchestra; “Love Song” for Voice and Piano; “Desires, Horrific and Sweet” for Piano Trio; “Dialogues” for Mandolin Quartet, String Quartet and Tape; “Lacrimosa e Galliard” for Three Mandolins; “Book of Hommages” for Piano or “Outbursts” for Mandolin Solo have been premiered and recorded.
Asaf Kleinman was born in 1986 in Israel where he started his musical studies in piano and composition at the age of seven. Among his teachers in Israel were Emanuel Krasovsky, Asaf Zohar and Dalia Feldman for piano, and André Hajdu, Michael Wolpe and Shmuel Elbaz for composition and improvisation. Asaf finished his studying under the legendary Russian pianist and pedagogue Dmitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.