Guy Ben-Ziony grew up in Israel’s scenic Jezreel Valley. At the age of 9, after seeing The Waltz King, the Walt Disney film about Johann Strauss, he wanted nothing more than to play the violin. A short time later he switched over to the viola and took lessons with leading teachers of his homeland, including Chaim Taub, Gad Lewertoff and David Chen.
An encounter with the renowned violist Tabea Zimmermann influenced him so greatly that he went to Frankfurt to study with her. As a pupil of Tatiana Masurenko at the Universtiy of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, he performed Bartók's Viola Concerto for his concert exam under the direction of Daniel Harding, passing with distinction. Soon thereafter, he was invited to important music festivals as an internationally respected chamber musician, including the Lockenhaus Festival, the Young Artist's Festival in Davos, the Spannungen Heimbach Festival and the legendary Prussia Cove Festival. In addition, he was a member of the Zapolsky String Quartet from Denmark and the Waldstein Ensemble Wien, performing in many of Europe’s major concert halls (Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London). His close collaboration with contemporary composers in the Israeli Chamber Project has taken him upon numerous innovative paths. He has also searched for symbiotic collaborations in Germany, for example with the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, with which he performed highly acclaimed choreographic concert Gefaltet.
Moreover, as a solo violist he has been a welcome guest with many leading chamber orchestras throughout Europe, including the Camerata Salzburg, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Camerata Bern. Since 2006 Guy Ben-Ziony has been a professor at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. He plays on a modern viola by Alexandre Breton (2014) and lives with his family in Berlin.
Foto: Giorgia Bertazzi
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.guybenziony.com
Works for Viola Solo by Georg Philipp Telemann, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky and Menachem Wiesenberg
Guy Ben-Ziony, Viola