Israeli cellist Chagit Glaser played as principal cellist and soloist for the length of five years with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Orchestra in New York under the baton of Mr. Jens Nygaard and also played as principal cellist at the Lyric Theater Orchestra in Hoboken NY.
Chagit made her debut at the age of 14, playing Tchaikovsky Rococo variations with the Beer Sheva Sinfonietta Orchestra, and has been performing regularly ever since. Isaac Stern, who later invited her to play with him on his 65th birthday gala concert in Carnegie Hall, recognized her talent. Mrs. Glaser has performed as a soloist with various orchestras such as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Academy of Music Orchestra in Germany and the Fontainebleau Orchestra in France. She has collaborated with artists such as Pinkus Zuckerman, Mark Neikrug, Shlomo Mintz, and Lukas Foss, and has participated in numerous national and international festivals, including the Israeli Baroque Festival, the Indian River Festival in Canada, Summer Trios in Up State NY, the Isaac Stern Project for Young Musicians in Israel (Mishkenot Sha'ananim), and the Rolandseck Festival in Germany. She has performed in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. on major stages around the world including the Kennedy Center, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, St. Martin in the Fields in London and in various cities in Switserland.
Mrs. Glaser began playing the cello at age 8, and received her first award from the America-Israel Culture Foundation at the age of 10. She has been a regular recipient of the award for twenty years. She has been first prizewinner of the Clairmont Competition in Tel Aviv a few years in a row and was a first prizewinner of the Joachim Stochevsky Cello Competition in 1993. In 1994, she received the Nori grant from the American Israel Culture Foundation. Mrs. Glaser participated as principal cellist in the 2001 Fontainebleau Music Festival winning the coveted Best Performer Award. While there, she was discovered by conductor and pianist, Philippe Entremont, performed with him and played as a soloist under his baton. Mrs. Glaser began her studies with Israeli cellist Tommy Hass, Shmuel Magen in Jerusalem and continued with cellist Uzi Wiezel in Tel-Aviv. At age 16 studied with Yhuda Hanani at Peabody.
Recognized as a unique talent by the Israeli Army, she did her military service as a musician and later enrolled in the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree, Mrs. Glaser moved to New York to pursue her studies at the Juilliard School, earning her Master of Music degree. Studying with Zara Nelsova and Harvey Shapiro she then completed the Professional Studies Program and proceeded on to a Post Graduate Studies Program with Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music in New York. Later on Chagit also studied with Irene Sharp (who also assisted Mr. Yo Yo Ma) She is regularly called upon to play as a principal cellist in numerous orchestras, such as Lyric Theatre in New Jersey, New Jersy Symphony Orchestra, the NYU Opera Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the New Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra and many others. She is frequently invited to play and record in Israel, and often tours Europe. Mrs. Glaser started the Incarnation Center Chamber Music Festival in Ivoryton, CT, and served as its director and principal teacher.
Mrs. Glaser performs extensively throughout the US giving recitals of solo and chamber music. She is invited from time to time to give master classes and concerts in Prince Edward's Island, Canada, Cultural Crossroads in Cyprus, The International Chamber Music Fstival in Zefat.
. Mrs. Glaser has released a CD recording playing music by contemporary composer Stephen Perillo (Centaur Records). She is often invited to play in the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mrs. Glaser was a faculty member teaching at the Mannes School of Music and was invited once in a while to substitute at the Juilliard Pre-College to teach cello and chamber music. Mrs. Glaser was a faculty member in the Rubin Academy of Music at the Tel-Aviv University for cello and chamber music. With the teaching and guidance of Mrs. Glaser, young cellists have entered highly esteemed colleges such as Juilliard, Mannes and University of Texas (with Lynn Harrell).
After living for 13 years in New York. Chagit came back to live in Israel and she continues to perform as a soloist and as a chamber musician in various concerts and festivals also throughout Israel (Gergiev Festival in Eilat, Kfar Blum Festival, Cello festival in Mizra, the Israeli Composition Celebration and many others). She is regularly invited to judge in acclaimed music competitions such as Excellent Musicians for The Israeli Army, The Aviv Competition, The Israeli-American Cultural Foundation Competitions, The Tel-Aviv Academy of Music and others.
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