2022 Aviv Competitions

27 December 2022 – 4 January 2023

The Aviv Competitions were founded by America-Israel Cultural Foundation and provide vital support and exposure to top-tier musicians to help propel their careers to the next level.  Early career musicians perform before panels of distinguished professional judges in their field, critics, and audiences, providing them with invaluable exposure and access to leading members of the industry, media, and the general public. The Aviv Competitions are a springboard for the development of the contestants’ careers. Winners in each category receive a $6,000 prize, as well as Performance Prizes, Professional Mentoring Support, and a Recording Prize.

This year, 29 musicians between the ages of 21-33 will compete in the following categories: piano | cello | brass | voice

The Aviv Competitions 2022 will be held between 27 December 2022 to 4 January 2023 (candidates should be available for this entire period) in cooperation with the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Studio Annette, and are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport.

The First stage – Competitions in Brass, Piano and Voice, will be held between 27-29 December 2022 at “Studio Annette” of the Felicija Blumenthal Music Center.

The entrance to the First stage is FREE of charge, but the number of seats is limited. Please, assure your entry by registering for each category of the Competitions you would like to watch by clicking the button below:

The Second stage – the Finals in all categories, and the First stage in Cello, will take place on 2 & 4 January 2023 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, at the “Recanati Auditorium”.

At the end of the Finals, on January 4, 2023, there will be a Winners’ Ceremony in all categories of the Competitions, including the Prizes for The Outstanding Performance of the Israeli Instrumental and Vocal Pieces. There is an entrance fee applied to the Final stage.

2022 Competitions Prizes

The Goldie R. Feldman Piano Prize, provided by the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, in the amount of $6,000 – Tom Zalmanov
The Rachel and Dov Gottesman Family Cello Prize, in the amount of $6,000 – Assif Binness
The Lillian Shapiro and Lester Beryl Radlo Brass Prize, donated by their grandson, David Eliezer Lieberman, in the amount of $6,000 – Elai Grisaru Drori, trombone
The Michal Oren Voice Prize, in the amount of $6,000 – Rona Shrira, contralto
The Rafi Guralnik Prize for Outstanding Performance of the Israeli Instrumental Piece, donated by the Guralnik family, in the amount of ₪7,500 – Elai Grisaru Drori, trombone
The Mira Zakai Prize for Outstanding Performance of the Israeli Vocal Piece, donated by the Zakai family, in the amount of ₪7,500 – Tamara Navoth, mezzo-soprano


The Candidates



Raz Binyamini
Victor Derevianko
Yaron Gottfried
Miri Yampolsky
Einav Yarden


Noa Frenkel
Gal James
Yael Kareth
Lior Navok
Yoav Talmi


Molly Carr
Micha Haran
Hila Karni
Inbal Megiddo
Moshe Zorman


Lior Navok
Yuval Shapiro
Benny Sluchin
Yossi Arnheim
Dalit Segal

Management & Production

Avigail Arnheim – Chair
Iris Reff Ronen – Executive Director, AICF
Jessica Hadler – Competitions Manager, AICF Israel
Tibi Cziger – Artistic Adviser
Tali Hermetz – Music department Manager, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Sharon Shwartz – Music department, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Production: AICF Israel team (Evelina Zayats, Shahar Regev, Ophir Lotan)
Social Media: “Modus”
Public Relations: “Dolphin”
Graphic Design: “The League”