Guy Ben-Ziony

Guy Ben-Ziony is principal violist with the Basel Sinfonietta and assistant principal violist with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin. He is also a guest principal violist with many leading chamber and symphonic orchestras in Europe, including the Hamburg, Berlin, and Frankfurt Radio Symphony orchestras, Bamberg Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He has been a regular guest at the Leicester, Delft, and Zagreb festivals, and "Open Chamber Music" at Prussia Cove, playing alongside artists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Christian Tetzlaff, Alexander Lonquich, and Menachem Pressler. A close collaborator of contemporary composers, he is a founding member of the “Israeli Chamber Project”, and collaborated with the Sasha Waltz dance company in Germany for the production of “Gefaltet”. His Debut solo CD, entitled “Monodialogue”, was released in 2016 by Genuin Classics to great critical acclaim. From 2006 to 2017, Guy was a Professor of Viola at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. He was a member of the Zapolski String Quartet from Denmark and the Waldstein Ensemble Wien, performing in many of Europe’s major concert halls (Vienna Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, and Wigmore Hall, among others). In the 2017-2018, season he was a member of the Internationally renowned Pacifica String Quartet and Visiting Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. He continues to give masterclasses in Europe and in the USA. Guy studied with Tabea Zimmerman at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, and with Tatiana Masurenko at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, where he performed Bartók's concerto for viola under the direction of Daniel Harding. He plays on a viola made for him by Alexandre Breton (Berlin 2014).