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Rivka Golani

  • Violist
  • Teacher


Rivka Golani: More than 250 pieces have been written for her including over 50 concertos, with several more in progress. Ms Golani has performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony and many others.
What do the critics think of Rivka Golani? James North of Fanfare Magazine suggested that she may be “. . . carving out a place of her own that no other performer on the instrument can reach.” And here is what the Financial Times of London had to say after one of her performances: “Rivka Golani stands at the head of today’s supreme viola virtuosi – white-hot in delivery, kaleidoscopic in tone colours, electrifying in rhythmic attack.”
The Boston Herald is no less effusive: “. . . riveting, intensely physical stage presence . . . hurtling momentum, constant risk-taking, complete technical assurance.”
Musical Opinion’s reviewer offered a different though equally enthusiastic perspective after one of Rivka’s appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall: “No nobler music-making could be imagined than this eloquent performance. I hope aspirant violists observed Golani’s immaculate bowing – the grand tradition brought to the service of inspired musical insight.”
Several of Golani’s many CD recordings have achieved landmark status, among them the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bartok Concerto with the Budapest Symphony, Martinu’s Rhapsody Concerto with the Bern Symphony, Chaconne by U.S. Pulitzer prizewinner Michael Colgrass, and a 3-CD set of solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach.
An inspiring teacher, Rivka Golani draws students from around the world to her master classes. Rivka Golani is also a painter of distinction and has worked closely with composers as a visual artist in presenting multi-media performances of works for the viola. Exhibitions of her visual art have been held throughout Israel, Canada, Germany and Great Britain.
Born in Tel Aviv, Rivka Golani trained at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv under the celebrated violist and composer Oedon Partos. A citizen of Israel, Canada and Great Britain, she currently resides in London, U.K.