The Endless Mountain Music Festival will bring two Israeli musicians to the Clemens Center in July: violinist Asi Matathias, whom many in the Jewish community met last year, and pianist Yevgeny Yontov. Their recital, which is the Festival’s only concert in Elmira, will be on Wednesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. The JCF will host a reception after the performance.
Asi Matathias made his debut at the age of fourteen with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and has since played in festivals such as Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the Con Anima Festival in Austria, Vienna Bezirk Wochen Festspiele, and the Israel Festival.
He started playing the violin at age six. In Israel, he studied with Chaim Taub, and later on at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna as the youngest student ever enrolled. He then earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Pinchas Zukerman.
Yevgeny Yontov was born in 1989 in Ukraine and immigrated with his family to Israel in 1990. He began piano studies at the age of six, later received a B.Mus degree summa cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, and is now pursuing a D.M.A. degree at the Yale University School of Music.
In 2013, he won the gold medal at the Wideman International Piano Competition. He also won first prize in the Tel-Hai International Concerto Competition in Israel, and received a special prize for an outstanding performance of a Beethoven sonata in the finals of the International Piano Competition in Pinerolo. He has performed with most of the important orchestras in Israel, including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets are $30 but will be available from the JCF in July for $10 each.