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Rivka Golani is recognized as one of the great violists and musicians of modern times. BBC Magazine included her in its list of the 200 most important instrumentalists and the five most important violists currently concertizing. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration not only to other players but also to many composers who have been motivated to write specially for the viola. More than 300 pieces have been written for Rivka, of which more than 70 are concertos.
“…carving out a place of her own that no other performer on the instrument can reach.” James North, Fanfare Magazine
”…a supreme viola virtuoso – white-hot in delivery, kaleidoscopic in tone colours, electrifying in rhythmic attack.” Financial Times, London
“…riveting, intensely physical stage presence… hurtling momentum, constant risk-taking, complete technical assurance… one can only be grateful that she dedicated herself to art rather than warfare, for she would be an awesome adversary.” Boston Herald
“No nobler music-making could be imagined than this eloquent performance… the grand tradition brought to the service of inspired musical insight.” Geoffrey Crankshaw, Musical Opinion
Familiar to audiences throughout the world, Rivka Golani has performed as soloist with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras: the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony and many others. She has made many recordings with orchestra as well as solo recitals. Landmark concerto recordings include works by Elgar, Colgrass, Britten, Berlioz, Bloch, Bax, Martinu and others.
She has recently been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and was presented with the Medal Pro Artibus by the Artijus Foundation for her contribution to the world of Hungarian contemporary music. A passionate teacher, she is professor of viola at Trinity College of Music in London.