Noga Shaham

    Grant Recipient

    Ra'anana, Israel

    Noga was born in Israel in 2001 and  has been playing the violin for 9  years, currently with Professor Hagai Shaham .  She previously studied with Dr Guy Figer.  

    Noga began studying the violin at age six with Susan Pascale at the South Pasadena Strings Program in California. There she played in a Children’s Strings Orchestra, up to age 12, winning first prize in Carnegie Hall at a National Youth Orchestras Competition Hall in April 2009.

    In 2011 and 2012, Noga won second and first prizes at the Raanana Music Center’s annual Spring Competition.  In 2013, she took second prize at the National Violin Competition in Raanana.  Noga won the AICF  Scholarship with Distinction in 2013 and Exceptional Distinction in 2015 and 2017. in 2017 she also won the 1st place among all violinists in a competition of Tzefunot Tarbut for a scholarship to a summer festival and was invited to perform as soloist with the Calgary Symphony Orchestra.
    In 2014 Noga had her solo debut playing Mendelssohn Concerto with Raanana Youth Symphony and Bruch Concerto with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon-Letzion conducted by James Judd.  With the same Orchestra she also performed Vivaldi Concerto for 4 violins. In June 2015 Noga performed at the highly prestigious concert –  ‘Stars of Tomorrow’, in Austria as well as at the Crans-Montana Classics Festival in Switzerland, invited by Shlomo Mintz. In August 2017 she performed in the final concert of the International  Summer Academy of the Vienna Music Academy, in Austria.

    Since 2012  Noga  participates in the Young Strings Unit of the Jerusalem Music Centre. She takes part of the David Goldman Chamber Music Program as a violist and a violinist. Since 2010, Noga participates and performs at the Keshet Eilon violin courses. In summer 2014 she participated National Art Canada strings course, directed by Pinchas Zuckerman in Ottawa, Canada. Noga was one of the youngest participants at the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton Virginia and performed at the 20th anniversary gala concert of the Heifetz Institute with Roberto Diaz,  director of Curtis Institute. Noga participated at the 2016 residency of the Perlman Music Program in Israel, and performed at the at the Israeli Knesset in the Genesis Award ceremony, when awarded to maestro Itzhak Perlman. In summer 2017 she participated at the Perlman Music Program at Shelter Island, NY, for 7 weeks with 30 other leading young musicians from around the world. Noga was one of the 5 invited by Maestro Perlman to join the program this year.

    Noga also plays the viola for the past 3 years in chamber groups.

    Noga played in master-classes for Ivri Giltlis, Itzhak Perlman, Murray Perahia, Catherin Cho, Mimi Zweig, Grigory Kalinovsky, Kolja Blacher, Michaela Martin, Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, Miryam Fried, Itay Shapira, Benjamin Schmidt, Li Lin and loves playing chamber music with family and friends.

    In the coming year Noga will perform her solo debut as a Viola soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with her brother Michael on violin. They will perform with the Netania- Kibutzim Orchestra in their ‘Rising Star’ Series.

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