Gilad Karni, Viola

Gilad Karni has appeared worldwide as soloist and chamber musician, including the world's great festivals - the Newport Music Festival (RI), the Rolandsek Chamber Music Festival and Dubrovnik Festival, to name a few. Gilad has won First Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (1994) and Third Prize at the ARD Munich Competition (1993), among many others. Career highlights include concerts with late Isaac Stern at his 70th birthday celebration in Tel-Aviv, with Guarneri Quartet in Carnegie Hall and the world premiere of Prokofiev's "Romeo & Juliet" arranged for viola and orchestra. He is a founding member of the Huberman quartet (1996-2001) and performed as guest violist with the Jerusalem Quartet, pianist Menahem Pressler and clarinetist Paul Meyer. Karni is a Prof. of Viola at HEMU Lausanne and Prof. of Viola & Chamber Music at the Kalaidos University, Switzerland. Karni was a scholarship recipient of AICF (1985-1991) and is an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music. He is Principal Violist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and plays on a viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka in 1982.