“Shelly Ezra is one of the leading musicians of her generation in her superior mastery of her instrument”

 – Sabine Meyer –

BIOGRAPHY

Shelly Ezra enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, a passionate chamber musician and a sought-after interpreter of both New Music and Early Music.

Her love for the clarinet was awakened by Itshak Kazap at the Conservatory Tel-Aviv. She first studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in the renowned class of Sabine Meyer and Reiner Wehle and was later educated by world-class teachers including Diethelm Jonas (Lübeck), Joy Farral (London), Martin Spangenberg (Weimar), Chen Halevi, Linde Brunmayr-Tutz and Anton Steck (Trossingen). Further she received important influences from Charles Neidich, Sharon Kam, Lorenzo Coppola and at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt.

Shelly Ezra is a laureate of national and international competitions such as ARD Music Competition in Munich, Braunschweig International Promotion Prize – Mozart Competition, Freiburg International Clarinet Competition, Stockhausen Prize and the Tel Aviv Conservatory Competition. With her chamber-music ensembles she won prizes at the European Chamber Music Competition Karlsruhe (duo), the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition Salzburg and the Possehl Music Prize Lübeck (trio).

She was granted scholarships by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, the German Music-Life Foundation, the Chamber Music Foundation “Villa Musica“, the Franz-Lizst Foundation, the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, the Gotthard-Schierse Foundation, the Marie-Louise Imbusch Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

As a soloist she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Munich, Classical Philharmonic Bonn, Jena Philharmonic, Philharmonic of the Nations, Collegium Musicum Basel, Camerata Moravia and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

She has performed extensively on important stages across Europe and the world, such as Musikverein Wien, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall in London, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Center Pompidou in Paris, Rudolphinum in Prague, Seoul Arts Center, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Herkulessaal Munich, Mozarteum Salzburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg, Bremen Concert House Die Glocke and Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Bielefeld. She was also invited to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Brahms Festival Lübeck, the Braunschweig Classix Festival, the biennial festival cresc … for Modern Music Frankfurt Rhein Main, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the International Music Festival Český Krumlov.

Shelly Ezra gained valuable orchestral experience as principal-clarinettist with Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal, with the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra in Seoul and with the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany. Her chamber music partners include Quatuor Ysaÿe, Apollon Musagete Quartet, Quatuor Psophos and the Eisler Quartet, as well as Menahem Pressler, Sabine Meyer, David Walter, Radovan Vlatković, Boris Garlitsky, Martin Ostertag, Rainer Kussmaul, Christian Lampert, Diethelm Jonas and Ingo Goritzki.

In addition, she has participated in CD productions of German Radio, Bavarian Radio and of the labels Naxos and Ars.

Since 2018 she is teaching at the Academy for Music Trossingen. Over the years she has given courses in Hanover, Frankfurt, Lübeck, Wolfenbüttel, Waldshut-Tiengen and the State-Academy Schlitz. Her teaching also lead her to Denmark, Slovakia, Portugal, Israel and South America and she is involved in various education programs such as “Rhapsody in School”.

CALENDAR

DateCityVenueCountry
28.11.2020Schmitten (OT Oberreifenberg)Hauskonzert FeldbergGermany
Time: 7:00pm. Address: Brunhildensteg 30. Venue phone: +49(0)6082 92 96 36. Joseph Haydn – Divertimento Quintet in B flat major, Anton Reicha – Quintet in A minor op.100 No. 5, Franz Danzi – Quintet in G minor, op.56 no.2, August Klughardt – Quintet op.79 / Frankfurt Winds Buy Tickets

REPERTOIRE

Baermann, Heinrich Joseph (1784-1847)
Adagio D flat major for clarinet and string orchestra

Bassi, Luigi (1833-1871)
Fantasia da concerto with motifs from Verdi’s Rigoletto

Ben-Haim, Paul (1897-1984)
Pastoral Variée for clarinet and and string orchestra and harp

Bottesini, Giovanni (1821-1889)
Duet for clarinet, doublebass and orchestra

Brossé, Dirk (* 1960)
“War Concerto” for clarinet and orchestra (or wind orchestra)

Bruch, Max (1838-1920)
Double concert op. 88 for clarinet, viola and orchestra

Copland, Aaron (1900-1990)
Concerto for clarinet, string orchestra, harp and piano

Crusell, Bernhard Henrik (1775-1838)
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Song op.12
Concerto No. 1 in E flat major op. 1 for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 2 in f minor op. 5 for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 3 in B flat major op. 11 for clarinet and orchestra 

Danzi, Franz (1763-1826)
Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet and orchestra op.41

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918)
Première Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra

Donizetti, Gaetano (1797-1848)
Concertino for clarinet and orchestra
 

Eötvös, Peter (* 1944)
“Levitation” for 2 clarinets and string orchestra (+accordion) 

Finzi, Gerald (1901-1956)
Concerto op. 31 for clarinet and string orchestra 

Francaix, Jean (1912-1997)
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra
“Tema con Variazioni” for clarinet and orchestra 

Giampieri, Alamiro (1893-1963)
“Il Carnevale di Venezia” for clarinet and orchestra

Hartmann, Karl Amadeus (1905-1963)
Chamber Concerto for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra
 

Hindemith, Paul (1895-1963)
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra 

Hoffmeister, Franz Anton (1754-1812)
Concerto in B flat major for clarinet and orchestra
Double concerto in B flat major for clarinet, bassoon and orchestra 

Hosokawa, Toshio (* 1955)
Metamorphoses for clarinet, string orchestra and percussion

Krommer, Franz (1759-1831):
Concerto in E flat major, op.36 for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto in E flat major, op. 35 for two clarinets and orchestra
Concerto in E flat major op. 91 for two clarinets and orchestra 

Lindberg, Magnus (1958):
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra 

Mann, Johann Gottfried Hendrik (1858-1904)
Concert op.90 for clarinet and orchestra (1898) 

Mendelssohn – Bartholdy, Felix (1809-1847)
Concerto No. 1 in F minor, op. 113 for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra
Concert piece No. 2 in D minor, op. 114 for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra

Messager, André (1853-1929)
“Solo de concours” for clarinet and orchestra
 

Milhaud, Darius (1892-1974)
“Scaramouche” for clarinet and orchestra 

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, KV 622
“Sinfonia Concertante” for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and orchestra 

Nielsen, Carl (1865-1931)
Concerto op. 57 for clarinet and orchestra 

Pleyel, Ignaz (1757-1831)
Concerto in B flat major for clarinet and orchestra 

Rietz, Julius (1812-1877)
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in G minor, op.29 

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay (1844-1908)
Concerto for clarinet and wind orchestra 

Rosetti, Antonio (1750-1792)
Concerto No. 1 in E flat major for clarinet and orchestra 

Rossini, Gioacchino (1792-1868)
Introduction, theme and variations for clarinet and orchestra 

Saine-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)
“Tarantella” op. 6 for flute, clarinet and orchestra 

Seiber, Matyas (1905-1960)
Concertino for clarinet and string orchestra 

Shaw, Artie (1910-2004)
Concerto for clarinet and big band 

Spohr, Louis (1784-1859)
Concerto No. 1 in C minor, op.26 for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No.2 in E flat major op.57 for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 3 in F minor WoO 19 for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 4 in E minor WoO 20 for clarinet and orchestra 

Stamitz, Carl (1745-1801)
Concerto No. 3 in B flat major for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 7 in E flat major (1st Darmstadt concert) for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 10 in E flat major for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto for basset-horn and orchestra 

Stamitz, Johann (1717-1757)
Concerto in B flat major for clarinet and string orchestra (and 2 Hr ad lib.)

Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1976)
Ebony Concerto for clarinet and big band
„Soldier’s Tale“ 

Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)
Duet – Concertino for clarinet, bassoon and orchestra 

Tansman, Alexandre (1897-1986)
Concertino (1952) for oboe, clarinet and strings 

Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)
Concertino op. 26 in E flat major for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 1 in F minor, op.73 for clarinet and orchestra
Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, op. 74 for clarinet and orchestra
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, op.34, for clarinet and string orchestra

Westerhoff, Christian Wilhelm (1763-1806)
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in B flat major
Double concerto for clarinet, bassoon and orchestra in B flat major 

Yun, Isang (1917-1995)
Clarinet Concerto (1981)

CONTACT

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info(at)shellyezra.com

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