Members Bio

Yigal Tuneh - First Violin

Born in Israel and received his MA at the Rubin Music Academy, Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Professor Rami Shevelov and Professor Pyotr Bondarenko.
He won first prize at the Violin Competition of the Academy and a Diploma at the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genova, Italy.
In 1987 he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as Concertmaster, after serving in this position with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Symphonietta Beer-Sheva.
He appeared several times as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and European orchestras under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, David Robertson, Roger Norrington and others.
Since 1978 he has been the First Violin of the Israel String Quartet, with which he makes many appearances throughout the country, tours abroad and makes many recordings.
As an active chamber musician he has made several appearances at the Israel Festival and at international festivals abroad, where he also gave master classes for violin and chamber music.
His CD recordings include the Four Seasons by Vivaldi and Beethoven's Triple Concerto, besides numerous recordings of the ISQ.
In 2011 he founded a chamber music concert series in the Chelouche Gallery for Modern Art in Tel-Aviv, where he serves as music director. In these concerts, the ISQ performs its repertoire, besides hosting other artists and chamber music groups.

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Avital Steiner - Second Violin

Born in Israel and studied with Professor Ilona Feher in Israel and Professor Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
She started her professional career at the age of 18, as leader of the Second Violin section of The Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra under Professor Uzi Wiesel.
At the age of 19 she was appointed Concertmaster of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and 5 years later she joined the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Sergiu Celibidache.
During her residence in Hamburg, Avital founded a string trio, and served as the Second Violin leader of the Hamburg Soloists.
Since 1994 she has been a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Avital Steiner has appeared in many concerts, both in chamber music and recitals, and has participated in various chamber music festivals in Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the USA.
Ms. Steiner joined the Israel String Quartet in 2004.

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Robert Mozes - Viola

Born in Romania, where he studied under Edith Broch. He is a graduate of the Cluj Academy of Music.
After immigrating to Israel in 1977, he continued his studies under Professor Rami Shevelov at the Tel Aviv Rubin Academy of Music, where he earned his Master's Degree.
In 1978 he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a member of the Jerusalem String Trio for many years, and later as the Violist of the Israel String Quartet, Mr. Mozes has performed in Israel, Europe, US, Canada, Japan and South America, including recording CDs and playing for radio broadcasts.
Besides being an active violinist and violist, Mr. Mozes is also a composer, who writes for various chamber music ensembles, and his works are performed in Israel, Europe, Japan and the USA.

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Emanuele Silvestri - Cello

Born in Milano, where he received his Master's Degree at the Conservatorio di Musica G. Verdi. In 1996 he received the Diploma Ad Honorem from the Academia Chigiana in Siena, and in 1997 a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Academie der Stadt Basel.
He was awarded many first prizes in Italy and abroad in cello competitions, and a second prize at the Domnick Preis International Cello Competition in Stuttgart in 1996.
In 2003 he was appointed Principal Cellist of the Orchestra del Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, after playing as principal cellist in orchestras such as Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino.
Among his activities as a chamber music player, he was the cellist and co-founder of the Quartetto D’archi del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, in which he appeared until his immigration to Israel in 2011.
Since the beginning of the 2011/12 season, he has been the Principal Cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the cellist of the Israel String Quartet.

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