Yehuda Hanani

Yehuda Hanani’s charismatic playing and profound interpretations bring him acclaim and reengagements across the globe. An extraordinary recitalist, he is equally renowned for performances with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and Taipei and Seoul symphonies, among others. He has been a guest at Aspen, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Yale at Norfolk, Round Top (TX), Bowdoin, Great Lakes, and Grand Canyon festivals, Finland Festival, Great Wall Festival (China), Leicester (England), Ottawa, Prades (France), Oslo, and Australia Chamber Music festivals, and has collaborated in performances with preeminent fellow musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Aaron Copland, Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Dawn Upshaw, Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman, the Tokyo, Vermeer, Muir, Colorado, and Manhattan quartets, and Cuarteto Latinoamericano, as well as members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Borromeo, and Emerson quartets.

In New York City, Yehuda Hanani has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully, and the Metropolitan Museum’s Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium. His recording of the monumental Alkan Cello Sonata —the first ever—received a Grand Prix du Disque nomination, and his other discs have won wide recognition. On CD and in live performances, he has premiered works of Nicolai Miaskovsky, Lukas Foss, Leo Ornstein, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, Osvaldo Golijov, William Perry, and Bernard Rands, among other composers. Mr. Hanani has been committed to extending the range of the cello repertoire and to collaborating with performers in many artistic realms, including choreographer David Parsons and actors Richard Chamberlain, Jane Alexander, and Sigourney Weaver. Professor of Cello at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he presents masterclasses internationally at conservatories and for orchestras, including the Juilliard School, University of Indiana at Bloomington, New England Conservatory, McGill University, the Peabody Conservatory, Paris Conservatoire, Berlin Hochschule für Music, Royal Academy of Music in London, Tokyo National University, Jerusalem Academy of Music, Guildhall School in London, Central Conservatory of Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Beijing, and the New World Symphony in Miami.

His engaging chamber music with commentary series, Close Encounters With Music, has captivated audiences from Miami to Kansas City, Omaha, Calgary, Arizona, and the Berkshires. A recipient of three Martha Baird Rockefeller awards, Mr. Hanani’s studies were with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School and with Pablo Casals. His best-selling recording of the Unaccompanied Bach Suites has become a standard-setter, and of his recent Naxos CD with the National Symphony of Ireland Fanfare Magazine wrote:

“Renowned cellist Yehuda Hanani, great virtuoso that he is, handles this with astounding aplomb…This is certainly a splendid release, and should by no means be passed up.”

He is “one of the most polished performers of the post-Starker generation and a consistently expressive artist.”– The New York Times

“The sonatas came bounding to life in vital interpretations rich in imaginative detail and virile strength. Mr. Hanani was rightly rewarded with cheers from the audience.”- The New York Times

“In this era of the cello, Hanani is among the best. His Bach was absorbing, imaginative, beautiful in all respects.”– San Francisco Chronicle

“He is such a master of his instrument in every way that this critic can only express wonderment at such talent.”– Der Tagesspiegel – Berlin “A luminously beautiful performance.” (Alkan: Sonate de Concert)–Stereo Review

“That…he should be considered in the pantheon of great cellists became increasingly evident as the Schumann Cello Concerto unfolded in all its grandeur before Sunday’s large and enthusiastic audience….There are many workmanlike performances of the Schumann and very few definitive ones. Hanani’s is one of the definitive ones.”– Nevada Events

“Elan and panache…Hanani delivers with commanding assurance.”–The Strad

“…Joan Tower’s romantically rhapsodic Music for Cello and Orchestra, with the solo part grandly played by Yehuda Hanani.”– Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“It was (Joan Tower Concerto) superbly played by Yehuda Hanani.”– Boston Globe

“Yehuda Hanani presented an exciting, unconventional programme in which he encapsulated a wide range of idioms, styles and compositional techniques…In all, Hanani spoke a powerful instrumental and emotional language.”– Jerusalem Post

“With a remarkable rapport with the orchestra members…Hanani forged a conception of breadth and intimacy (Dvorak Concerto). Hanani submitted a performance in which he let his instrument sing – and sing eloquently. His ample tone, his innate musicianship and his passion focused on the music. The virtuosity was there, but it was never with effort or indulgent. It was always the servant to noble purposes. The music came to vibrant life…characterized by nuance and implacable beauty. Hanani’s instrument was used as an extention of himself. Its tone was pure and supple from the bottom to the top of the scale. One was profoundly affected by music played so intensely and so profoundly.”– Bangor Daily News “Cellist Yehuda Hanani’s innate intensity is ideal for this work (“Schelomo”). Without overdoing it, he completely captured Solomon’s sense of anguished defeat. Omaha is lucky that Hanani, who also serves as artistic director of the Close Encounters chamber music series, has chosen to expend so much of his musical energies here.”– Omaha World-Herald

“The remarkable Yehuda Hanani delivered a performance of superb technical agility and hushed reverence. His deeply ruminative cello perorations were the essence of passionate, dedicated music making. Hanani (who performed the work in 1986 at New York’s Lincoln Center and is familiar to South Florida audiences for his Close Encounter With Music series) was the perfect artistic conduit for Kaufman’s unique creative voice….Hanani’s magisterial performance was a memorable tribue to the emotional power of music in the 21st century.”– Miami Entertainment News

“Cellist Yehuda Hanani and pianist Walter Ponce serve up the exquisite two-CD set, Beethoven: Complete Music For Cello and Piano (Close Encounters With Music, 2006), recorded last year at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.”– Albany Times Union

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