Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra’s next concert will feature internationally renowned viola soloist Rivka Golani.

The concert on Saturday, April 15 at 7.30pm at Huddersfield Town Hall will feature a performance of music written by Slaithwaite Philharmonic’s music director Benjamin Ellin specially for Rivka who is recognised as one of the outstanding violists of modern times.

She has greatly contributed to the advancement of viola technique and inspired many composers to write for the instrument. More than 350 works have so far been composed for her, including over 90 concertos, a record matched by no other violist in history.

The piece Ben has written for her is called White Crucifixion and the concert will also feature Sibelius’ beautiful The Swan of Tuonela and Bruckner’s majestic 7th Symphony.

Ben said: “The White Crucifixion is the first work I composed for Rivka and marked the start of a musical relationship and friendship that has lasted two decades.

“She’s a formidable player, performer, person and also an incredible painter and artist which is why I drew direct inspiration from Marc Chagall’s image The White Crucifixion, a hauntingly powerful work that gave me so many ideas from which to create.”

Rivka Golani

Rivka has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras including BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, the Hallé, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and countless others.

She has also performed as a soloist at the Proms concerts in London three times, including on the Last Night of the Proms.

Rivka has recorded countless albums with many distinguished orchestras. A landmark among her albums is her world premiere recording of Elgar’s Cello Concertoon viola, with the Royal Philharmonic – the complete Bach Cello Suites,including performances of Bach’s Chaconneand Chromatic Fantasy.

Born in Israel, Rivka trained at the Music Academy of Tel Aviv with the great violist and composer Oedoen Partos and when she was 23 became a member of the Israel Philharmonic. She moved to Canada in the mid-1970s where she began her solo career.

Rivka, who lives is in London, is also a painter and her works have been exhibited in Israel, Austria, Germany, the UK, the USA and Canada.

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  • Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting