Erez Ofer
violin | Israel, °1965
 
VIOLIN 1989 : Fourth Prize
Born in Israel, Erez Ofer began his violin studies with Ilona Feher, teacher of S. Ashkenazy, P. Zukerman and S. Mintz. Soon he began performing, and at age 12 he won the Israeli Broadcasting Service competition. At age 15 he was chosen to perform with Isaac Stern and the Israel philharmonic. A year later Erez Ofer was accepted to the class of Josef Gingold at Indiana University, where he won the I.U. Paganini competition. His studies were cut short by the mandatory military service in Israel, but after 3 years he continued his studies in Germany with Nicholas Chumachenco at the Freiburg Musikhochschule. In 1989 he won 4th prize at the Queen Elisabeth competition, followed the same year by the gold medal at the Zino Francescatti Competition in France.

In 1991 Erez Ofer continued his studies at the Juilliard school in with Dorothy Delay. A year later he was the winner of the Munich Violin competition, followed by an offer to join the prestigious Bavarian Radio Orchestra under Maestro Lorin Maazel as concertmaster, which he accepted. In 1995 he was offered a new concertmaster position, this time with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he held until 1998. In 1999 he joined the Amernet String Quartet, based in Cincinnati, Oh., as first violinist, which he held until 2002.

Erez Ofer has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Belgium National Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Bochum Simphoniker and others.

In 2001 Erez Ofer was appointed concertmaster of the Berlin Radio Orchestra. He plays a 1729 D. Montagnana of Venice.
Audio
Programme
Final (29/05/1989)
André Laporte Fantasia Rondino Con Tema Reale
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata n. 4 in A minor op. 23
Johannes Brahms Concerto in D major op. 77
Erez Ofer, violin
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Georges Octors
Semi-final (16/05/1989)
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata in D minor op. 27/3
Daniel Capelletti Fleurs du Mal n. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 4 in D major KV 218
Pablo de Sarasate Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen op. 25
Sergey Prokofiev Concerto n. 1 in D major op. 19
Erez Ofer, violin
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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