Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser has had a remarkably varied career, which has combined appearances as cello soloist, chamber musician and distinguished educator. Based in Israel, Mr. Plesser has concertized worldwide and collaborated with some of our time’s leading instrumentalists and conductors.
As soloist he has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Tblisi Symphony Orchestra, and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, under conductors Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner and Sergiu Comissiona. He was a member of the Huberman String Quartet and is a founding member of Concertante.
A dedicated chamber musician, he has performed with the Jerusalem, Aviv and Ysaye quartets, and has collaborated with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zuckerman, Richard Goode, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nabuko Immai, and Michael Tree. He has participated in music festivals around the world, including the Marlboro Festival, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland and the Montpellier Festival in France.
Mr. Plesser is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Zara Nelsova. His principal teachers have included Zvi Harel in Israel and David Soyer in the United States. Mr. Plesser has been on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 1998, and has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Encore summer school in Ohio, and the Perlman Music Program. A graduate of the Jerusalem Music Center, Mr. Plesser won the prestigious François Shapira Competition, the 41st Washington International Competition, and was a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.