Asi Matathias

    Grant Recipient

    New York, NY, United States

    Still in his twenties, violinist Asi Matathias is already recognized as one of the most celebrated talents of his generation. He made his debut at the age of fourteen with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond his years.

    This success was immediately followed by another invitation from Maestro Mehta to play with him in the following season. Since then, Mr. Matathias has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the globe with many distinguished conductors including Zubin Mehta, Frederic Chaslin, Gunter Kahlert, Leon Botstein, Mendi Rodan and Yaron Traub.

    He has recorded for BBC, WQXR,CBC, IBA and ORF (The Österreichischer Rundfunk). Mr. Matathias is a frequent recitalist and has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, South America, Asia and Israel. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has collaborated with renowned international artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Kiril Gerstein, Nikolaj Znaider, Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai and Christian Altenburger. He has performed in Festivals such as the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, The Con Anima Festival in Austria, Vienna Bezirk Wochen Festspiele, Israel Festival and Prussia Cove in England.

    Mr. Matathias started playing the violin when he was 6. In Israel, he studied with Chaim Taub, and later on at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna as the youngest student to be enrolled at the University. He then continued his studies with violinist Aaron Rosand. Mr. Matathias was awarded a scholarship and a certificate of merit, and has been supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1997. Mr. Matathias earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a long time student of the famed Pinchas Zukerman and his teaching associate Patinka Kopec.