Wiesenberg, Menachem

Israeli composer. Born 05.08.1950. Pianist. Arranger. Musical Director. BA in Piano Performance at Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv; Winner,  Helena Rubinstein Prize at Julliard. Graduated with Masters from Julliard Schoool of Music (1979); Post graduate studies in Piano and Theory, Mannes College. Currently Head of the Jazz and Interdisciplinary Music Department and Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Musical advisor for Young Musicins Group at the Jerusalem Music Center. Since 1982, senior lecturer at Tel Aviv Music Teachers College. Known for arrangements of Yiddish and Hebrew folk songs. Examples of this are his 1999 CD with popular singer Chava Alberstein, “Chava Sings More Yiddish Songs” where he was Musical Director, Arranger and Pianist; and the 1983 record “At Home”, with Chava Alberstein. In 2004, was named a visiting composer to the Jewish Music Institute in London. He also had the premier of his Violin Concerto, performed by Hagai Shaham and the Israeli Symphony Orchestra. His piece, “Jerusalem” which had the world premiere, June 1996, was Commissioned by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra for the Celebration of 3000 years to Jerusalem. He was awarded the 1992 prize for outstanding achievement in the concert field by ACUM; Won the 1998 Prime Minister prize for composition. His music is available on more than 9 CDs on the EMI and Koch labels. Other recent premieres include: Reflections (2002); “Primus Inter Pares” (2002); “Concerto Da-Camera  La Folia” (2001); “Fantasy for String Orchestra” (prayer) (1994), “Between the Sacred and the Profane”, String Quartet(1991). His website includes a complete curriculum vitae and photographs.