Sivann Maayani Zelikoff has acquired a name for herself as one of Israelʼs
leading young violinists through her many acclaimed performances as soloist
with prominent orchestras and as chamber musician. The program on this CD
was performed by Sivann in February and March 2011 in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,
and was broadcast live on national radio.
Sivann plays on a Geissenhof violin, lent to her generously by Yehuda Zisapel,
Founder President of RAD Group and Foundation.
Sivann performs regularly with pianist Ishay Shaer, with whom she will embark
on a concert tour of South America and London this year.
For more information, please visit www.sivannviolinist.com
The Polyphonic Violin
Assigning the adjective polyphonic to the violin could be considered a contradiction
in terms. The instrument is associated with breathtaking virtuosic fireworks, with
the secret of its magic lying in the stirring melodies coaxed out of the violin
by the bow. This naturally implies that the accompaniment of either a piano or
an orchestra is required in order to create a complete musical texture. This CD
demonstrates that the violin can stand alone without the support of any other
instrument; a single violinist can also conjure up a complex, polyphonic world,
simultaneously interweaving harmony and melody. This recording showcases
composers, ranging from Bach in the 17th century through Ernst, Ysaÿe and Bartók
in the 20th century, up to Israeli composers in the 21st century. Their solo works
for this essentially melodic instrument call upon the performer to sustain several
voices together, namely-polyphony.