About the musicians

 Zvi Semel
Born in Israel, holds an Artist degree (with distinction) from the Jerusalem Academy for Music & Dance and a Masters degree from the  Departments of Musicology and Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University, and these days is working on his PhD thesis on the music in Ghetto Terezin at the Musicology Department.
 Zvi Semel is a member of the teachers staff of the Jeruslaem Music & Dance Academy since 1989, where he serves as a vocal coach in the vocal department, where he leads the History of the German art-song" course.
 Since 2009 he serves as the head of the vocal department in the Academy.
 Zvi serves also as director and teacher at the Music Department of the Academy's summer course entitled "Sounds in the Valley" in Kfar Bloom and has been an invited to teach at the Summer Academy for Music "Palazzo Ricci" in Montepulciano, Italy, working alongside with professor Jeanette Favarro Reuter. From the coming summer, he will also direct a summer course for young gifted singers in an new program sponsored by the Jerusalem Music center and the America-Israel cultural foundation. 
 In 2001, he initiated a concert series of Israeli Music in cooperation with the Jerusalem Academy for Music & Dance  and the department of music in the National Library at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since then, he serves as the musical director of these concerts that concentrate on vocal Israeli music.Zvi has been accompanying leading Israeli singers in concerts held in Israel and abroad. He recorded for radio and television, some of his recordings  have been made publicly available.
 Ye’ela Avital, soprano
Ye’ela Avital studied at the Music and Dance Academy in Jerusalem and the Hochschule für Musikin Mainz, Germany
She frequently performs alongside well known European artists and conductors as Mr. Andrew Parrot, Mr. Mathew halls Mr. Tim Brown and Mr. Rene Jacobs in concerts and recitals in Israel and abroad.
As a soloist, Ye'ela has performed with leading Israeli orchestras such as the Israeli Camerata , the Barocade , The Jerusalem Symphony orchestra, the early music orchestra of Holland and more. She sang as well as in international festivals such as the York Festival for Early Music, the German Mozart festival and in the Jerusalem international chamber music festival.
Prize winner of best concert in The early music festival in Cruatia
Prize winner in the Concours International de Chant Baroquein Chimay, Belgium. over the years she received, many awards for excellence in early music singing. Since 1998 she has been the recipient of the Israeli American Culture Foundation scholarship, and in 2010 became an examinerin the Foundation.
In 2010 performed in London (the wigmore hall), Venice, Budapest, Sophia and the U.S.

 Yonit Shaked-Golan
Yonit Shaked-Golan, Israeli-born singer, The Inspiration Prize winner of The Second International Jewish Music Competition In Amsterdam 2010, specializes in Israeli artistic and ethnic music. She has a distinctive voice, a combination of her Yemenite and Syrian roots, and her classical training, with a very wide range (from contralto to mezzo-soprano). Yonit graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. 
 She has performed as a soloist with some of the best-known orchestras in Israel, such as: The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, The Beer Sheba Sinfonietta Orchestra, and the Israel Stage Orchestra - Holon. She has sung under the baton of well-known conductors: Mendi Rodan, Yaron Gottfried, Roni Porat, Eitan Globerson, Menachem Nevenhoiz, Talia Ilan and Michael Wolpe, amongst others. 
 Yonit regularly appears in the Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival, the Women’s Festival in Holon, and other festivals throughout Israel and abroad. She took part in a series of concerts founded and produced by Michael Wolpe, in the ‘Music in the Desert’ festival in Sde Boker, and appeared in several evenings in the ‘Tones in the Desert’ festival, dedicated to the songs of Moshe Wilensky, Mordechai Ze’ira, David Zahavi and Natan Alterman. 
 Ms. Shaked-Golan also sings regularly in concerts produced by Dr. Gila Flam, Director of the Department of Music at the National Library of Israel. She has recorded music there as part of a project to preserve Israeli classical and artistic music. In one such project, she recorded a CD with 12 unknown songs by Sasha Argov, with texts written by Uzi Shalev.
Yonit also participated in numerous productions with the Israeli Opera, under the baton of some of the great conductors: Daniel Oren, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, and others. 
 A soloist in the ensemble “Wandering Sands” with Ora Boazson-Chorev, contrabass, Udi Chorev, guitar and arrangements, and Chayim Paskov on percussion, they currently perform throughout Israel, promoting their new CD “Passages”; Israeli songs from the 1930’s to 1960’s in ethno-jazz arrangements.
 Yonit Shaked-Golan performs in Israel and abroad in an assortment of different programs which incorporate Israeli songs with classical arrangements, arias from varied operas and folk music.  She appears in shows across the land singing famous songs under the directive of Dr. Dan Almagor, and in several concerts, singing Ramirez’ “Misa Criolla” (Creole Mass) according to. Mercedes Sosa’s version for Alto solo. 
 In the coming season, Yonit will perform in several programs:
"The Singer from Tukuman- A tribute to Mercedes Sosa" with the Latin AmericanFolkloreEnsemble.
"The Scent Of The Rose- A tribute to Shoshana Damari"
, where she shares with the audience the musical journey Shoshana Damari has taken in her life.
"Larger than Life" portrays songs performed by great musical divas, from Israel and abroad.
"The breath of the earth" – A special program of early Israeli songs which were written in Arabic oriental influence, renewed in arrangements with touches of jazz and ethnic music. And more……    These programs are accompanied by some of Israel’s leading musicians, and the musical directors are pianists Gabi Argov or Rami Harel.

Shereen Daniel


Singer ;alum of the Rubin Academy for music and dance in Jerusalem.
Israelian native ,sings and teaches songs and music to young children.
Shereen is a member of the Israeli opera choir in Tel-aviv.
Participated for several years in the International opera workshopin T-A.
Performed both classical music and Arabic music.
Performed in Germany in 1997 for the peace festival , and  in 2010 in Seoul for the G20 conference.
Performs with several orchestras included the Nazareth orc. For Arabic music .
Today in addition to singing and teaching Shereen works with two choirs at the AJCC . The Shirana women's choir and Nitzanin children choir.



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Program of the Other days of the Conference
Monday, July 2, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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