“Shelly Ezra is one of the leading musicians of her generation in her superior mastery of her instrument”
– Sabine Meyer –
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”.
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
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)
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Winner of “Possehl Music Prize 2009“, Trio Arion (Edith Escudero – piano, Shelly Ezra – clarinet, and Martin Henneken – violoncello) was founded at the Music Academy of Lübeck.
The Trio has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Gotthard-Schierse Foundation Concerts and in various chamber music series in Europe (St. Martin in the Fields, London), and in Central America (Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico).
During the years 2009-2015 Trio Arion was promoted by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “Live Music Now”.
Frankfurt Winds was formed in 2019 by a group of young and talented musicians, passionate about the art of chamber music: Jonathan Weiss – Flute, Nathanel Amrany – Oboe, Shelly Ezra – Clarinet, Deepa Goonetilleke – Horn, and Philipp Hösli – Bassoon.
The musicians have worked with a number of well known orchestras and ensembles throughout Europe and Asia including Bochum Symphoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and Frankfurt Opera. As well as performing the standard wind quintet repertoire, Frankfurt winds have a passionate interest in performing contemporary music, particularly composers of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Else Ensemble | The German-Israeli Ensemble
Years of collaborations and friendships between musicians from Israel and Germany led to the formation of a unique chamber music project: named after the poetess and painter Else Lasker-Schueler, the Else Ensemble is composed of young musicians awarded prizes at international competitions and performers in leading world orchestras.
Devoted to the performance of German and Jewish repertoire from the 19th Century and until the present times, and through a passionate research of neglected works and repertoire affected by political events, the ensemble creates a musical experience of the highest professional level, within a social-cultural context. Inspired by Else Lasker-Schueler, whose unique biography addresses both Israel and Germany, the ensemble premiers and celebrates women composers, giving stage to some of the best unknown repertoire of the past and present times.
The young ensemble collaborates regularly with diplomatic and multi-cultural institutions, and initiates innovative, cross-disciplinary concerts. With its unique energy and sound, Else Ensemble performed all over Germany and Israel, as well as in many European cities, contributing to some of the most important concert-series and venues.
The unique Israeli-Armenian Trio is named after the biblical figure “Noa”, who was one of Zelophehad‘s five opinionated and courageous women who challenged social rules and conventions, and are considered by many to be the first feminists of their times and a role model for gender equality.
Consisting of three virtuoso musicians, all prize-winners of international competitions, Trio Noa offers both brilliant as well as lyrical programs with highlights of the charming repertoire for flute, clarinet and piano.
Date City Venue Country 13.09.2020 Frankfurt am Main Naxos Hallenkonzert Germany Time: 11:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: +49(0)69 – 43 05 47 34. Address: Waldschmidtstraße 19. Venue phone: +49(0)69 – 43 05 47 33. Haydn, Reicha, Danzig, Poulenc / Frankfurt Winds, Leonhard Dering 21.08.2020 Bayreuth Das Zentrum, Europasaal Germany Time: 9:00pm. Address: Äußere Badstraße 7A. Venue phone: +49 921 9800800. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Fragment K.91 (561c), Louis Spohr – Fantasia and Variations op.81, Johannes Brahms – Quintet in B minor op.115 / Else Ensemble: Friedemann Eichhorn, Niklas Liepe | Violin, Lena Eckels | Viola, Valentin Scharff | Violoncello, Shelly Ezra | Clarinet More information 21.08.2020 Bayreuth Das Zentrum, Europasaal Germany Time: 7:00pm. Address: Äußere Badstraße 7A. Venue phone: +49 921 9800800. Heinrich Joseph Baermann – Quintet No.3 in E flat major op.23, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Quintet in A major KV 581 / Else Ensemble: Friedemann Eichhorn, Niklas Liepe | Violin, Lena Eckels | Viola, Valentin Scharff | Violoncello, Shelly Ezra | Clarinet More information 08.08.2020 Bad Hersfeld Stiftsruine Festspiele Germany Time: 8:30pm. Address: Im Stift 6. The Soldier’s Tale – Igor Stravinsky /
Sabine Kraut | Violin, Shelly Ezra | Clarinet, Theo Plath | Bassoon, Björn Diehl | Trumpet, Simon Kunst | Trombone, Pierre Dekker | Doublebass , Philipp Strüber | Percussion,
Sebastian Bethge | Conductor, Bettina Wilts | Director More information
United by the enthusiasm for song and chamber music, Chisa Tanigaki (soprano), Shelly Ezra (clarinet) and Katharina Schlenker (piano) met in summer 2016 and have been performing since then as “Trio Shulamit“, on different stages in Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Berlin, and most recently at the Music Festival Donau-Oberschwaben.
The trio puts a great emphasis on including in their concert programs masterpieces such as „The Shepherd on the Rock” by Franz Schubert, with less known repertoire, as the transcription of the soprano solo from Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony by the Israeli composer Arnon Zimra or five of Erich Kästner’s amusing and enjoyable aphorisms by Hermann Heiss. Furthermore, distinguished composers such as Oded Zehavi have been commissioned to write especially for the trio.