Pictured here with PostClassical Ensemble’s Pianist & General Manager, LURA JOHNSON
“PostClassical Ensemble is a remarkable group of selected musicians from the best the East Coast can offer. It is always a great musical experience bouncing ideas off of maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez and the musicians – there’s a sense of freshness to each performance!” – Netanel Draiblate
Violinist Netanel Draiblate is a rising star in the classical world whose artistry has been praised as “confident and eloquent.” His recent orchestral appearances as well as his performances as a chamber musician, recording artist, and concertmaster serve to highlight his versatility.
This season, Mr. Draiblate’s first solo CD, Perspectives, was released by Azica Records. The recording features works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Elgar, Grieg and Kreisler. Future projects include a recording of his original arrangement of Introduction/Theme and Variations on The Star Spangled Banner for solo violin.
Draiblate’s recent solo engagements include his debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie hall, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and orchestras across four continents including the National Theatre Orchestra of Brasilia, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Le Zion Symphony Orchestra, the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, MSO Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra, the Tel-Aviv Soloists and the Bursa Symphony Orchestra in Turkey. Hailed as “an extremely gifted and natural violinist with a strong stage personality and charisma,” he has appeared with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured China as soloist.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Draiblate has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, ltzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Mauro Bertoli and Cho Liang Lin, performing in many of the world’s premiere venues, including Carnegie Hall. As a member of Times Two with duo partner pianist Lura Johnson, they record their second disc in the 2014/15 season.
A sought-after teacher, Mr. Draiblate is on the faculty of Georgetown University, The Campina-Grande International Music Festival in Brazil and the Dali Quartet Summer Festival. He has led master classes at Towson University, Goiania University (Brazil), Brasilia University (Brazil), Recife Conservatory (Brazil), the Holon Young Artists Festival (Israel) and has previously taught at the West Branch International Festival, the Endless Mountain Music Festival and the World Youth Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, Draiblate is currently Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as Concertmaster of the Tel-Aviv Soloists, the World Youth Orchestra, Lancaster (PA) Symphony Orchestra, Israel Young Philharmonic as well as held a leading position with the historic West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Barenboim.
Mr. Draiblate, a native of Israel, represented his country at a concert hosted by the King of Norway, celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Oslo Accords. His awards include first prize at the Jerusalem Academy Solo Competition (1998), the Ben-Haim Competition (1995), finalist at the Young Artists Competition in Haifa (1999), and a major prize in the Peabody Conservatory’s Yale Gordon Competition (2006). He was the first violinist to be supported by the Ilona Feher Foundation and performed in the foundation’s Gala concert at Carnegie Hall. He is a scholarship recipient from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation as well as scholarships from the Ronen Foundation, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Buchman Haiman Foundation and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Adding another aspect to his varied career, Draiblate created ND-Publishing in 2012 to publish his original compositions alongside cadenzas for celebrated concertos.
Mr. Draiblate studied with the renowned Pamela Frank, Vali Blutner, Hagai Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Salness and has participated in master classes with Isaac Stern, Dorothy Delay, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron and Miriam Fried.
Mr. Draiblate plays on a Dölling bow generously donated by Merlyn J. Jenkins.
When not concertizing, Mr. Draiblate enjoys cooking, watching and playing soccer. For more information, visit www.netaneldraiblate.com.