In the spot where the desert meets the sea and the red mountains cast their shadow from above; at a meeting point between Asia and Africa, the greatest musicians from all over the world meet once a year to play music, give master-classes and workshops. Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city is its leading tourist resort, visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The Eilat Chamber Music Festival was founded seven years ago by Leonid Rozenberg, who serves today as the artistic and general director of the festival. In its six years of existence, the festival hosted the best international and Israeli musicians, who gave exciting performances to music from the time of Monteverdi and until the very recent musical compositions.
Artists such as Pieter Wispelwey, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Franz Helmerson, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Haendel; orchestras and ensembles such as Gabrieli Consort & Players, Concerto Koln, Concergebau Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Red Priest, to name a few, gave concerts and taught master-classes. Special guests included John Malkovich, Sir Roger Moore, Amos Oz, Moni Ovadiah and Giya Kancheli.
Since 2013, the festival has been hosted by the Dan Hotel Chains. All concerts take place at the Dan Hotel Eilat and master-classes and workshops take place both at the Dan Hotel and at the Dan Panorama, Eilat.
The 14th Eilat International Chamber Music Festival will present renowned classical music artists from Europe alongside other established world-famous artists. This year, the festival is hosting two orchestras, famous soloists, programs of classical and Baroque music, jazz, music for various instruments, vocal music, with a rousing, foot-tapping Flamenco event to wind up the festival.
Leonid Rozenberg, music and general director
Violinist, conductor, teacher, visionary.
With over 40 years of devotion to music, as an acclaimed performer, teacher, and educator, Leonid has changed the musical landscape of Israel and left his mark with many around the world. Music and general director of the acclaimed Eilat Festival for chamber music, Leonid started his way as a violinist, teacher and music director of the Ganei Tikva music conservatory for 13 years. He was a faculty member of the Idyllwild Arts Festival (CA, USA) for more than a decade, and he is the director of the Red Sea music center since 1998.
With thousands of students he taught, dozens of orchestras he conducted, and many hundreds of solo and chamber-music performances, Leonid sees music as the means to make the world a better place.