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Sligo International Chamber Music Festival


In the great and often underappreciated art of piano duo playing, Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg are setting a new standard: acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the duo has been invited time and time again by top orchestras, festivals, and concert organizers. They have performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Vienna Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, and the Berlin Philharmonie; they have concertized in approximately 70 countries on five continents; and they collaborate regularly with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.

Their recording of Mendelssohn’s concertos for two pianos and orchestra, with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic under Christopher Hogwood, has been called “breathtaking” (Bayerische Rundfunk), “extremely exciting” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and “brilliant” (Rondo). The Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung raved about the “lyrical sensitivity and the ravishing technical mastery” of the duo, noting that only rarely does one experience “such spontaneous shouts of ‘bravo’” at the end of a concert. The Independent concluded: “What a wondrous evening!”

The two Israelis, who live in Berlin with their son, can be heard during the 2014-15 season in North America, Latin America, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and in numerous European countries – both with orchestra and in recitals. Upcoming engagements also include tours with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Brno Philharmonic across the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria – in the Vienna Konzerthaus among other notable venues.