Yehonatan BERICK


Yehonatan BERICK
Professor - Violin

Artist Diploma, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Music, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

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Yehonatan Berick


A prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, violinist Yehonatan Berick is in high demand internationally as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, whose busy concert schedule has taken him throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Israel. Solo performances include Quebec, Winnipeg, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies, and the Israeli, Cincinnati, Montreal and Manitoba Chamber Orchestras, Thirteen Strings and Ensemble Appassionata. Festival and chamber series’ credits include Marlboro, Ravinia, Seattle, Vancouver, Ottawa, Jerusalem, El Paso, Maui, Domaine Forget Great Lakes, Music@Menlo, Giverny (France), Leicester (U.K.), Moritzburg (Germany), Agassiz (Winnipeg), Killington (Vermont) and Bowdoin (Maine).

Berick's many recital programs include offering of complete cycles, including Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas, Paganini’s 24 caprices (each cycle performed in a single day or concert), as well as complete Sonata cycles by Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, and Grieg.

He has collaborated with many world renowned artists, including pianists Menahem Pressler, James Tocco, Gilbert Kalish, and Awadagin Pratt; violists Michael Tree, Paul Neubauer and Kim Kashkashian; cellists David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Stephen Isserlis, David Finckel, Michel Strauss, and Yehuda Hanani, clarinetists James Campbell and Wolfgang Meyer, flutist Julius Baker, and many others from a long list of internationally renowned artists.

An avid chamber musician, Berick previously held the position of co-artistic director of the Quebec Chamber Music Society. Touring as a chamber musician with Musicians from Marlboro, The Lortie-Berick-Lysy Piano Trio, the Huberman String Quartet, Concertante Chamber Players, The Walden Chamber Players, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and other chamber ensembles, he has been featured in the world's most important music centers: in Europe (London's Wigmore Hall, Paris's Musee du Louvre, Milan's Sala Verdi), the US (New York's Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Museum, Washington's Kennedy Center, Freer Gallery and the Phillips Collection) and Canada (Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio and St. Lawrence Centre, North York's Ford Centre and Quebec City's Grand Theatre and Palais Montcalm).

On CD, Berick has recorded for the Centaur, Summit, Gasparo, Acoma, JMC and Helicon labels. His recording with the Amici ensemble, entitled Contrasts, has won rave reviews in the Canadian press. Other CD features include the Grand Concert for violin, pianoand string quartet by Chausson; The Complete Bartok and Berio Violin Duos; Chamber Music by Paul Ben Haim; The Impossible Dream by Gerhard Samuel; and Mordechai Seter's unaccompanied violin sonata. Many of his concerts are broadcast on Radio and TV in Canada, Europe and Israel. His DVD of Paganini’s 24 Caprices will be out on BluRay in 2013.

Berick is equally sought after as violin teacher and chamber music mentor. Prior to his appointment as Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa, he served on the faculties of McGill UniversityThe University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, and the Eastman School of Music. He has been invited as teacher and artist-in-residence at Bowdoin Music Festival (Maine), Killington Music Festival (Vermont), The Shouse Institute (MI), The Beethoven Seminar (New York), Music@Menlo (CA), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Sounds in the Valley (Israel), and the JMC Young Players' Unit (Israel). He is featured in masterclasses worldwide.

Yehonatan Berick started his musical education at the age of six. His principal violin teachers were Ilona Feher, Henry Meyer, Kurt Sassmanshauss, as well as Dorothy Delay and Yair Kless. He had theory teachings with composer Sergiu Natra, and attended masterclasses with such artists as Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng, Max Rostal and Josef Gingold. Berick won several Clairemont Awards in his Native Israel, and received yearly stipends from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Yehonatan Berick is currently performing on a 1761 violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, generously on loan from the University of Ottawa, as well as on a violin by Honoré Derazey Père from 1852, and on a viola by Stanley Kiernoziak from 2003.

Courses taught

  • Applied music - violin
  • Chamber music

Selected publications

Paganini : The 24 caprices (BluRay and DVD, Equilibrium)

Awards and Achievement

Prizewinner, 1993 Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition

Fields of Interest

  • Solo, recital, and chamber music performances on violin and viola
  • Music theory
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