Rochester, NY, United States
Israeli violinist Barak Schossberger is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music studying under the tutelage of Professor Renée Jolles. He previously received his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Masao Kawasaki and Laurie Smukler and his Bachelor’s degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, studying with Michael Gaisler.
Barak was a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships in 2003-2013. He is a Jerusalem Music Center’s outstanding young musicians program and the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra graduate. Barak served for 3 years in the IDF as an Outstanding Musician and worked as a faculty violin teacher in “Hasssadna” Conservatory in Jerusalem from 2011 to 2014.
Barak is most excited about his current research project which explores ways of shaping performers’ musical intuition and fantasy by rational means such as music theory and analysis, incorporating ideas drawn from a number of branches of philosophy. His research also includes extending Schenkerian theory beyond its original purview of tonal music, as part of which he examined the potential of Schenkerian devices for analyzing string quartets by Shostakovich and Penderecki. Insights originated in these research paths greatly enrich his music-making and teaching.
In 2009-2012 he played on an 1899 Riccardo Antoniazzi violin as a generous loan from the private collection of Yehuda Zisapel, and currently playing on a 2008 Massimo Negroni violin.