It has been such a pleasure working with the Israeli Chamber Project. Executive Director, Assaff Weisman, went above and beyond to help coordinate 1:1 lessons for a few of my beginner string students. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these children and gave them something to look forward to during a very trying time. I cannot thank the ICP enough, especially Assaff, Michal, and Daniel - I am eternally grateful for the memories that were made with my students.
The Israeli Chamber Project performing for our middle school, Parkside Intermediate School in San Bruno, CA was absolute distinguished pleasure. To have the incredible world renown musicians Assaff Weisman (piano), Daniel Bard (violin), Tony Rymer (cello) and Tibi Cziger (clarinet), take their personal time to create a group focused on giving to others, music education, and playing for children is a truly unique gift for students. The students may either love music and/or may never have an opportunity to experience such a genre or group of incredible musicians. Parkside Intermediate School is in a small suburb of San Francisco, has a wide variety of demographics and all were included in their performance for music students with a population of nearly 400 (nearly half the school) in April of 2019. Additional classes also participated.
During the ICP visit, the musicians showcased a variety of repertoire that included classical and folk music. The wonderful leaders interacted with our students making sure they were engaged and comprehending the information, asking questions, and answering student inquisitions such as the discussion of circular breathing and the interaction of individual parts of a piece. ICP not only opened the students view to new learning but also connected with students by keeping them interested and discussing their familiarity with the importance of sports, practicing one’s instrument, and finding the balance in life.
Parkside connected with the Israeli Chamber Project via the brilliant Elyse Mahfouz, Director of Orchestras at Parkside bringing The Kohl Mansion of Burlingame, CA and wonderful liaison Anneke Gaenslen together with the Parkside Orchestras and Concert Bands, Nancy Kraus, and the City of San Bruno.
For the past six years, the San Bruno community has been the incredible power and driving force of making the fantastic Parkside music program reality and The Israeli Chamber Project casts a brilliant light upon each student’s path to an exquisite musical experience.
Thank you from San Bruno, Elyse Mahfouz, and Ciana Whitfield!
Director of Orchestras and Director of Bands
As a member of the public, I've enjoyed attending stellar concerts by members of the Israeli Chamber Project. In addition, as an employee of a NYC nonprofit, I've had the pleasure of witnessing some of their educational outreach programming firsthand. These amazing musicians have donated their time and expertise multiple times to visit under-resourced schools and perform for children who would otherwise never have access to hearing this level of musicianship up close and personal. They introduce the children to aspects of culture beyond music. Just this month, they visited a Manhattan school and performed musical selections by Argentinian, Austrian, Armenian and Hungarian composers, while incorporating visual art, language and dancing into their presentation, and also included time for Q&A with the students. It was amazing to witness, and it was a valuable experience for the children. On top of that, the artists from ICP are a joy to work with. We are looking forward to their next visit.
I have been involved with the ICP since its inception, and continue to work with them ever since. in more than a decade of activities, the ICP has exceeded all the high expectations than I had for them. They have become one of the best chamber music ensembles I have known, not only in Israel, but world wide. and have achieved this while adhering to their credo of widening audiences and the repertoire. their programmes are always emotionally engaging as well as mind expanding, and the excellence in performance is matched by an ingenuity of music programming, and deep commitment to the music, and the audience. They have nurtured a meaningful relationship with their audience, and rely on the trust from that audience in daring to explore and introduce new repertoire (with being tagged as a "new music" ensemble or "fringe music" but, instead, treating the vast repertoire on its musical merits, and their audience as equals in this experience. On top of this all, the ICP continues to reach out to students and musical institutions (from Julliard, to the remotest conservatories in Israel) committing to a long term meaningful engagement with the students and teachers.
The adventure that the ICP has taken its members, audiences and supporters continues to unfold, and everyone that has been exposed to this ensemble is filled with amazement and excitement as their journey continues.
I've known and worked with this group of young musicians since their founding in 2008. Each of them is outstanding on their instrument, but when they play together they are absolutely magical!!! Also, they have a fascinating variety of programming. Programs have a theme, such as the recent program illustrating the influence of Debussy around the time of his death. Each piece on the program has a different group of instruments, including harp, strings, piano, clarinet, flute (depending on the program), which is very refreshing to the ear.
They also participate in a variety of outreach programs for students both in the US and Israel. These range from introductory, interactive sessions on musical subjects to master classes and occasionally concerts where the students can rehearse and play on stage with professional musicians. For young musicians this is a very special opportunity.
I'm also on the board, so I've observed how totally dedicated both Tibi Cziger and Assaff Weisman are and the progress they've made in organizing concert tours, donors, publicity and all the time-consuming work necessary to keep a group like this going. They've had some great successes in the difficult world of chamber music. I hope to see them continue with this project for many years to come and they could use some help.
By the way, they are also fun to work with and hang out with.
I've known the key members and founders of ICP for more than ten years.
When I created my own foundation, I knew at once that ICP was an organization of such excellent business management and superior musical achievement, that I wanted to be a substantial funder, and have been for nearly ten years. Over the last decade I've had the great pleasure to attend programs both in New York City and have traveled specially to Israel to follow the group.
Truly there is no shortage of truly great musicians here in New York, but lasting for ten years as a musical group is an achievement all its own. Such endurance is owing much to their thought-provoking, eclectic approach to the repertoire. Attendance at their concerts will change the listener, without fail, I've come away with a desire to learn more about the music on which they shine a very thoughtful light.
For five years members of Israeli Chamber Project have come to work with students in the chamber music program at Special Music School High School in New York City. I have been a part of the collaboration over the past two years and the musicians of Israeli Chamber Project can turn a relatively short, limited experience into a meaningful, powerful educational and musical moment that inspires, illuminates and energizes the young people they work with. Pairing the masterclasses and coaching work the ensemble offered our students with a visit to their New York recital was rich and the result exponentially more generative and resonant.
It wasn't until a few days after the concert and coaching that I heard a rehearsal of one of the groups that worked with the ICP musicians. The positive change was dramatic and obvious. The young musicians had gained confidence and self-assuredness. They spoke with clarity and their rehearsal patter and rhythm were lively and spirited; not rushed or hurried in any way. They had incorporated the musical suggestions made of them and filled them with new life. They had entered into a deep, thoughtful conversation guided by this amazing group of musicians and were transformed in an afternoon. I continue to recommend them to others as one gets the highest level of artistry and the great insight of master teachers.
As someone who has closely followed and has collaborated with the Israeli Chamber Project since its inception more than ten years ago, I can attest to the tremendous and groundbreaking contributions the ensemble has made in the fields of chamber music and music education in both Israel and North America.
ICP is a cultural asset par excellence and deserves to be supported generously.
Dr. Raz Binyamini - Music Director
Chamber Music Center
Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel-Aviv
ICP has been on an impressive 10+year journey staying true to its mission. They perform at the highest level, they promote and encourage new composition thru by featuring new composers and new works and they also have as part of their mission an important educational piece making sure that they touch as many young lives as possible when they are not performing .
The Israeli Chamber Project is chamber music on a very high level. ICP always has innovating programming which engages and educates the audience. The group is an expert in taking the listener on a carefully curated musical journey and at the end of the adventure, you still want more. I attribute my love of Schoenberg, Martinu, Gilad Cohen, and Matan Porat directly to the Israeli Chamber Project. Here is an ensemble that each player as a soloist is a force to reckon with and together, some of the most unforgettable musical experiences I've ever had. They consistently exceed all my expectations.
The Israeli Chamber Project is an exceptional synthesis of music making at the highest level, intelligent and innovative programming and all around incredibly human beings with an inspiring and very important vision.
I have been moved and memorably impacted by every performance I’ve experienced and also very impressed by their stunning growth as an organization over the last few years.
I cannot recommend them highly enough!
ICP came to present an event to Juilliard Evening Division piano students and it was a great success! The students had a wonderful experience learning from these top-notch musicians and educators. I would definitely recommend this group.