SELECTED REVIEW

"…Third was the first performance of a work commissioned by Mr. Hochman from his compatriot Menachem Wiesenberg, a nice, tightly wound piece called “Metamorphosis I.” It combined the agility of the Bach with the expressivity of the Berg, shifting from nervous energy to more lyrical expansiveness and back to a kind of jazzy syncopation without ever lingering too long over any one part
New York Times, by Anne Midgette reviewing Benjamin Hochman's recital at the Metropolitan Museum

RESUME

Menachem WiesenbergMenachem Wiesenberg

Menachem Wiesenberg, composer, arranger, pianist and educator is one of Israel's most varied and acclaimed musicians.
 

Mr. Wiesenberg is signed as a composer with EMI Classics (now Sony).

He is winner of the "2012 Prime Minister prize for composition", the 2010 life time achievment Award in Composition granted by the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel (ACUM Ltd.), the 2008 Landau prize for the Performing Arts in the Classical Composition category and the "1998 Prime Minister prize for composition". He was awarded the 1992 prize for outstanding achievement in the concert music field byACUM Ltd.. He was granted fellowships as composer in residence by the “Rockefeller Foundation”, the “Bogliasco Foundation” and the “Virginia Center for Creative Arts”.

Mr. Wiesenberg's commissions and composers' awards have been received from the Oregon Bach Festival, the Arts Council of England, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, the Lille Festival in France, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Wisconsin University, the Relache Ensemble in Philadelphia, the Council for Culture and Arts in Israel, the Tel-Aviv Foundation for Culture and Arts and the Arthur Rubinstein Foundation among many others.

His oeuvre covers a wide range of styles from orchestral, chamber and vocal works in the classical field to light music and jazz. His music has been performed in Germany, England, Austria, France, Spain, Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Russia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Brazil, Japan and Taiwan. Performances of his Orchestral music have been done by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie, the Mahler Chamber Otchestra, the Potsdam Kammerakademie Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and every major Symphony and Chamber Orchestra in Israel including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Camerata-Jerusalem, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and many many more. His music was also performed by ensembles such as the the Berlin Philharmonic Strings Octet, the Jerusalem Quartet, The Borromeo Quartet, the Huberman Quartet, the Aviv Quartet, The Ariel Quartet, the Lumina Quartet, the Relache Ensemble, the Musica Nova Ensemble, the 21st Music Ensemble The Meitar Ensemble, and by well known soloists such as the German Violist Tabea Zimmerman, the American cellist Ron Leonard, The former Principal Clarinet Player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Karl Heinz Steffens, the Israeli Violinist Hagai Shaham, the Cellists Hillel Zori and Zvi Plesser the Oud player Taiseer Elias and the singer Mira Zakai.

Mr. Wiesenberg has garnered renown for his arrangements of Israeli and Yiddish folk songs, and his interest in the folk music of his native land serves as a fundamental influence throughout all of his compositional activity. He has received a prize-together with the well known singer Mira Zakai- for performing Israeli music and in particular for his playing and arrangments in the CD "Song of Land".

His music appears internationally on several CDs, distributed most notably under the EMI, Koch International and Live Classics labels. Performances of his music have received many broadcasts by Radio Cologne, Radio Bavaria, Radio Geneva, French Internatinal Radio and by the Israel Broadcasting Service.

He has performed as a soloist as well as chamber music pianist in Israel, Europe and America.In addition, Mr Wiesenberg used to be also a proffessional Jazz Pianist performing with his Jazz Trio all over Israel.

Mr. Wiesenberg has given Composition Master Classes and Lectures in many Academies in the States and in England, among them should be mentioned The USC, The Harvard Musis Department, the Oregon University, the New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, the Colburn College of Music and Mannes College in the USA, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, the RNCM in Manchester and the Faculty of Music at the Oxford University.

Mr. Wiesenberg got his Phd Degree in Composition at the Music Department in the Bar Ilan University and graduated with a Masters degree from the Juilliard School of Music. He is a Professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and was until recently Dean Faculty of Composition Conducting and Music Education. Before that he served as Dean Faculty of Cross Disciplinary Music (which he has founded) at the Academy. In addition, Mr. Wiesenberg is the Director of theory and analysis activities for the Young Strings Players Group and Director of Piano Program Course for the Young Musicians Group at the Jerusalem Music Center founded by the late Maestro Isaac Stern. He was nominated the first Visiting Israeli Composer by the J.M.I. in London.

His music is published by the Schott Edition and by the I.M.I.

SELECTED LECTURES

2007
Royal Academy of Music, London
2006
Mannes College, NY
New-England Conservatory, Boston
Faculty of Music, Oxford University
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, England
2005
Royal College of Music, London
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, England
USC, Los-Angeles
The Colburn College of Music, Los-Angeles
Department of Music at the Oregon University, Eugene
University of Mass., Amherst, Mass.
Truman State University, Division of Fine Arts, Missouri
2001
USC, Los Angeles