Versatile musician, Daniel Strahilevitz has been performing piano recitals, Piano duo, Liederabend and chamber music concerts around the world, in countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, England and Israel, to name a few. As a soloist, Daniel participated in master classes with renowned artistes including Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Olli Mustonen, Robert Levin, Gerhard Oppitz and Nikolai Petrov amongst others.
South-African born, Daniel moved to Israel with his family at the age of 3. He began playing the piano late at the age of 14, taking lessons with Mrs. Alla Astachova. Soon after, he was invited to play in Festivals in Belgium and Israel.
After playing the Berg Sonata in 2009, he recieved invitations to play and participate the following years at various international piano festivals, all fully funded, including “IKIF” in NY, HSMC in Denmark, and Oxford Philomusica in England. In the years 2007-10 Daniel took part at the annual Tel-Hai International Master classes, where he had classes with prestigious pianists including Dmitry Bashkirov, Nikolay Petrov and Eduard Zilberkant amongst many others.
In Lieder, Daniel has performed with many singers in Schubertiades and Liederabende, and has collaborated in workshops and Master classes with Charles Spencer, Yonatan Zak and Tamar Rachum. His vast repertoire consisted of Lieder from the classical era, Schubert’s cycles and individuals, Schumann, C. Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, Second Viennese School, British and contemporary.
Daniel was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces under a special status of a “Distinguished Musician”. This enabled him to continue pursuing his music career at the Tel-Aviv “Buchman-Mehta” School of Music where he completed his Bachelor degree with Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky. Daniel will pursue Master studies at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik, Berlin.
Daniel Strahilevitz has been awarded scholarships from the AICF (America-Israel Cultural Foundation), special awards from the South-African Zionist Federation, and scholarships from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music for students with distinction.
Forthcoming concerts are to take place in April in Copenhagen and Tokyo.
ノルウェー出身のインガー・ザックとイヴァー・グリーデランドが2000年に即興音楽レーベル”SOFA”を設立、野心的なアブストラクト作品を連発して注目を集めた。2006年からは同じノルウェー人のクリスティアン・ヴァルムルー、フランス人のザヴィエ・シャルルも加わったDans Les Arbres（フランス語：”木々の中で”）としても活動開始。インドのシュルティ・ボックス、ハルモニウム、そしてプリペアド・ピアノといった、実験的な楽器も用いる。欧州的な牧歌性とゆったりしたリズム、卓越したインプロヴィゼーション力を持ちながら、あえて過度な主張はせず、絶妙なバランスをキープする。
This quartet stems from work that Ivar Grydeland and Ingar Zach began in duo toward the end of the twentieth century. Grydeland and Zach established the label SOFA, performed as a duo, and started several ensembles in which the two worked with musicians from the European improvised music scene. The duo passed through several stages, but their music really took shape while Grydeland and Zach were studying for their Master’s degree in Chamber Music at the Norwegian Academy of Music between 2001 and 2003. Those studies focused exclusively on their own compositions and improvisations. Around the time they gave their graduate concerts, Christian Wallumrød’s “Sofienberg Variations” (ECM 1809) was released. Grydeland and Zach felt that Wallumrød’s music was related to their own. Seeing a possibilty for musical cooperation, they invited Wallumrød to participate in rehearsals and concerts. This work led Grydeland and Zach to record with Wallumrød.
Parallell to their duo, Grydeland and Zach were also working with bassist Tonny Kluften in a project-based ensemble with the obscure name, No Spaghetti Edition. The core of that ensemble was originally Zach and Kluften, but Grydeland gradually became an equal member. The ensemble core invited guest musicians from diverse genres to join their CD releases, tours and concerts, with a constant focus on large-ensemble improvising. Wallumrød took part in one of the earlier projects. In 2003, No Spaghetti Edition released their third CD (“Real Time Satellite Data”, SOFA513). On this release and on the following tour and concerts, French clarinettist Xavier Charles was a guest. Grydeland and Zach were impressed by Charles’ music. Feeling he could enhance the work that began with Wallumrød, they invited him to rehearsals.
In early July 2004 they had their first meeting as a quartet. Though it was successful, they weren’t able to meet again until 16 months later. That time, they met for another project with No Spaghetti Edition—recording the CD “Sketches of a Fusion” (SOFA520) with Tonny Kluften and the Canadian improviser, Martin Tétreault. Although the focus on “Sketches of a Fusion” is clearly different from “Dans les Arbres,” working with “Sketches of a Fusion” and playing concerts with this material and this lineup inspired them to continue their work as a quartet.
In July 2006 Charles, Grydeland, Wallumrød and Zach met again. This time to work on a band sound and to compose music for their first release called “Dans les arbres” – which also is the introduction of the quartet by the same name: Dans les arbres. Since then the band has been touring in Europe, North America and Japan as a quartet. Dans les arbres have also performed with guest musicians such as Yumiko Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O´Rourke and the young Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga.
In 2010 Dans les arbres started recording material for the 2012 release “Canopée” – also this on ECM.