Announcing AICF’s 2020 Aviv Competition Winners

On the evening of January 5th, 2020, The winners of the 20th spring competitions of the America Israel Cultural Foundation were announced at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. 

This year, 32 musicians between the ages of 21-32 competed in the following fields: piano, violin, viola, woodwinds instruments and composition. 

Prize for piano in honor of Rafi Guralnik in the sum of 6,000 Dollars was awarded to: Almog Segal

Prize for violin in honor of Ilona Kornhauser, gift of the Kornhauser family, Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, in the sum of 6,000 Dollars was awarded to: Yamen Saadi

Prize for viola in honor of Rachel and Dov Gottesman in the sum of 6,000 Dollars, was awarded to: Maya Tal

Prize for woodwind instrument in honor of Susan and Emanuel (Bob) Kornhauser, gift of the Kornhauser family, Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, in the sum of 6,000 Dollars was awarded to: Jonathan Leibovitz

Prize for composition in honor of Fransua Shapira in the sum of 6,000 Dollars was awarded to: Udi Perlman 

Prize for performance with excellence of an Israeli instrumental piece in the sum of 15,000 NIS was awarded to: Almog Segal (piano) and Jonathan Leibowitz (Clarinet) 

Prize for audience’s favorite in honor of Meira Gera, gift of the Gottesman family, in the sum of 2,000 Dollars was awarded to: Almog Segal (piano)

Winners in all categories performed in a special concert on Thursday, January 9th at the Tel Aviv Museum.

The concert evening included chamber music, solo pieces and personal introductions of the award winners. The winning piece for composition was performed by “The Israeli Chamber Music Project”, whose members are: Tibi Zeiger, clarinet; Gi Eshed, flute; Jonathan Keren, violin; Michal Korman, cello. 

We congratulate the competition winners and wish them much success!

Photos: Yoel Levi