The winners of AICF’s 19th Aviv Competitions were announced on January 3 at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. This year, thirty five candidates competed in four categories: piano, singing, cello, and brass.
The winner of the Rafi Guralnik Award for Piano, a prize of $6,000: Yuval Chen.
The winner of the Michal Oren Award for Singing, a prize of $6,000: Sivan Keren.
The winner of the Gottesman Family Award for Cello, a prize of $6,000: Haran Meltzer.
The winner of the Benny Gal-Ed Award for Brass Instruments, a prize of $6,000: Noam Fresko.
The winner of the the Ministry of Culture and Sports Award for Best Performance of an Israeli Piece, a prize of 15,000 Shekels: Elisha Kravitz.
The winner of the Eva and Georg Koigen Award for Best Performance of an Israeli Vocal Piece, donated by Mira Zakai, a prize of 7,000 Shekels: Sivan Keren.
The Winners of the Meira Geyra Audience Choice Award, donated by the Gottesman family, a prize of 2,500 Shekels each: Yuval Chen (piano), Michal Doron (singing), William Weil (cello), and Noam Fresko (brass).
Due to the high level of skill throughout the competitions, the AICF decided to award a special prize, to the sum of 7,500 Shekels, to the following musicians: singer Michal Doron and pianist Rafael Skorka.
The winners of each category will perform a special concert, accompanied by the Israeli Sinfonietta Orchestra of Be’er-Sheva, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, conducted by Yuval Zorn, and hosted by Sandra Sade.
We congratulate the winners, and wish them much success in their future endeavors!