Country of origin: Israel
Birthday: August 5, 1950
About Menachem WiesenbergMenachem Wiesenberg, composer, arranger, pianist and educator is one of Israel's most varied and acclaimed musicians.
Mr. Wiesenberg is winner of the "1998 Prime Minister prize for composition" and was awarded the 1992 prize for outstanding achievement in the concert music field by the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel (ACUM Ltd.). He was granted fellowships as composer in residence by the “Rockfeller Foundation”, the “Bogliasco Foundation” and the “Virginia Center for Creative Arts”.
Mr. Wiesenberg's commissions and composers' awards have been received from the Oregon Bach Festival, The Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, the Lille Festival in France, Wisconsin University, the Relache Ensemble in Philadelphia, The Council for Culture and Arts in Israel, and the Tel-Aviv Foundation for Culture and Arts, among many others.
His oeuvre covers a wide range of styles from orchestral, chamber and vocal works in the classical field to light music and jazz. His music has been performed in Germany, Austria, France, Irland, Czech Republic, Croatia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Cyprus, USA, Australia, New Ziland, Columbia, Brazil, Japan and Taiwan. Performances of his music has been done by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Camerata-Jerusalem, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Rishon-Lezion Symphony Orchestra, as well as chamber ensembles such as the Jerusalem Quartet, the Huberman Quartet, the Aviv Quartet, the Lumina Quartet, the Relache Ensemble, the Musica Nova Ensemble and by well known soloists such as the German Violist Tabea Zimmerman and the American cellist Ron Leonard.
Mr. Wiesenberg has garnered renown for his arrangements of Israeli and Yiddish folk songs, and his interest in the folk music of his native land serves as a fundamental influence throughout all of his compositional activity.
His music appears internationally on more than nine CDs, distributed most notably under the EMI and Koch International labels. Performances of his music have received many broadcasts by Radio Cologne, Radio Bavaria, Radio Geneva, French Internatinal Radio and by the Israel Broadcasting Service.
He performs as a soloist as well as chamber music pianist in Israel, Europe and America. He has performed, among others, with the German Violist Tabea Zimmerman, the American clarinetist Charles Niedich, and the Israeli well-known singer Mira Zakai, violinist Hagai Shaham and the cellists Hillel Zori and Zvi Plesser.
He graduated with a Masters degree from the Julliard School of Music and currently is senior lecturer and head of the Jazz and Applied Music Department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music in Jerusalem. In addition, Mr. Wiesenberg is a Musical Advisor and Senior Instructor of the Young Musicians Group under the auspices of the Jerusalem Music Center founded by Maestro Isaac Stern.