Ron Silberstein

    Grant Recipient

    Tel-Aviv, Israel

    I was born in 1990 in Tel-Aviv.  I am a graduate of the Alon high-school in Ramat Hasharon, which I graduated in excellence in music, the joint program between the CJS (the Center for Jazz Studies) at the Israeli Conservatory and the New-School university, and the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.

    During high-school I started performing professionally in different bands and ensembles in some of Israel’s well-known clubs and venues, and in festivals like the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Jerusalem Jazz Festival, The Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival, the Hot Jazz Festival, Israel Festival and more, and also had the honor to share the stage with some of the country’s well-known pop artists such as Yehuda Poliker, Matti Caspi, Shiri Maymon, Shlomi Shabat, Avraham Fried, David Daor, Efrat Gosh, Shlomi Shaban, Marina Maximilian Blumin and others. Upon graduating, I began my studies in the first year of the Israeli Jazz Center’s joint program with the New-School, played actively in the school’s different ensembles, like the big-band (in which I played lead trombone) and the world music ensemble directed by Harel Shachal, and studied with Yonathan Volchok, Gil Sorin and the then principal trombone player of the IPO Mr. Daniele Morandini.

    I began my studies as a tenor soloist with Mr. Jeffrey Francis and Mrs. Efrat Ben-Nun, under whom I studied at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. At the Academy I participated in many mastercalesses, competitions and numerous concerts. I also performed the leading role in “Dido & Aeneas” (Purcell), Tito in “Giulio Sabino” (Sarti), Nachman in the first production in 70 years of the first hebrew opera “Dan HaShomer” (Lavri), and in numerous other roles in various scenes as part of the academy’s opera workshop.

    I made my professional debut in the Ela Milch-Sheriff opera “Barcuhs Schweigen”, produced through the Israeli Music Festival 2014 at the Tel-Aviv museum, with the 21st Century Ensemble conducted by Noam Zur. Later on performing the role of Beppe/Arlecchino in “Pagliacci” (Leoncavallo) with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stefano Romani, Don Basilio in “Le nozze di Figaro” (Mozart) and Goro in “Madama Butterfly” (Puccini) with the Jerusalem Opera conducted by Omer Arieli, and also as a part of the IVAI International Workshop I sang the role of Lacouf in “Les mamelles des Tirésias” (Poulenc), Don Basilio/Don Curzio and in childrens’ shows directed by Shirit Lee-Weiss and Ari Teperberg.

    I am a laureate of the Amarica-Israel Cultural foundation scholarship in classical singing, and in the past also jazz trombone.