Menachem Wiesenberg

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1950 born in Tel Aviv, Israel 1959-1971 grants for piano performance from the ‘America-Israel Cultural Foundation’ 1968-1972 studies at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv and the Tel Aviv University; B.A. degrees in piano performance and in economics. Studies piano with Prof. Karol Klein and theory with Prof. Abel Ehrlich. 1972-1975 grants from the ‘America-Israel Cultural Foundation’ for playing chamber music and jazz and for theory 1976-1977 studies at the Mannes College, New York; Post graduate Diploma in Piano Performance and Theory. Studies piano with Edith Oppens and theory with Robert Cuckson, and Ernst Oster. 1977-1979 studies at the Julliard School of Music, New York; M.A. degree in piano performance. Studies piano with Jacob Lateiner 1977 Helena Rubinstein Prize for Julliard students 1982- back in Israel; faculty member at the Tel Aviv Music Teachers College (until presence) 1987 “The Second Viennese School – Schצnberg, Berg, Webern” – solo and chamber music performance, Israel Festival 1987-1997 accompanist to contralto Mira Zakai (Israel, Germany, Czech Rep.) 1987- consultant to the Young Musician Group at the Jerusalem Music Center 1989-2003 composition grants from the Council for Culture and Arts and from The Jehoshua Rabinowitz Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts 1990 Council for Culture and Arts Prize for performing Israeli works, received jointly with contralto Mira Zakai 1991- faculty member at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance 1992 composition grant from the Israel Music Heritage; solo and chamber music concerts - “Encounters” in Paris (Chatelet) and Dunkirk 1992-1996 composition grants from Discount Bank Enterprises 1993 ACUM Prize for outstanding achievement of the year 1992 in concert music 1994 composition grants from Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Germany and from the Lille Festival, France 1995 performances of chamber music at the Kfar Blum Festival, Israel 1996 recitals with clarinetist Charles Neidich, USA; composition grant from Wisconsin University, USA 1997 tour in the USA with “Fusions” – solo and chamber music with שd and cello 1998 Prime Minister Prize for Composition; composer-in-residence grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for a month at the Bellagio Study and Conference Centre, Italy 1999-2000 recitals with violist Tabea Zimmermann, Dubrovnik Festival, Croatia and Israel 2000 Composer-in-residence grant from the Bogliasco Foundation for a month at the Liguria Study Centre, Italy 2000- Head of Jazz and Applied Music Department at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance 2001 Composer-in-residence fellowship for six weeks at the VCCA, Virginia, USA 2002 grant from the Israel National Lottery Council for the Arts 2003- Senior Lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Mr. Wiesenberg is married + 2, and lives in Tel Aviv, Israel