Praised by the NYTimes for their “excellence, poise and precision”, the Meitar Ensemble, founded in 2004 by artistic director Amit Dolberg, has established itself as a prominent array of virtuosos specializing in contemporary music. Based in Tel-Aviv, they have been featured at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals worldwide, including ManiFeste (Paris), Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato), Venice Biennale for Contemporary Music, Purcell Room (London), Radial System (Berlin), Brighton Festival (Brighton), 92Y (NYC) and the Heidelberger Früling Festival. The ensemble held residencies at Royaumont Festival and Academy, Cervantino Festival Academy (Guanajuato), MATA Festival (NYC) and is the ensemble in residence at the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv.
Over the past ten years, they have commissioned and premiered over 200 new works. They regularly collaborate with renowned composers including Philippe Leroux (composer in residence), Georg Friedrich Haas, Philippe Hurel, Ivan Fedele, Fabian Panisello, Mark Andre, Matthias Pintscher, Chaya Czernowin and many Israeli leading composers.
The Recordings of the ensemble were published and released by NEOS, VERSO, Albany, The Israeli Music Institute and more.
The ensemble has been acclaimed for its significant contribution to the development of Israeli culture and music, receiving the Binyaminy Award (2006), Partosh Award (2008), and the Landau Award (2010).
The Meitar Ensemble initiated a master’s Degree Program for contemporary music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, the Tedarim Program, featuring ten students from Israel and abroad.
CEME, the ensemble’s New Music Festival and Master Courses for young professional musicians have become a known winter event at the international contemporary music scene. Among their visiting guests are Georg Friedrich Haas, Ivan Fedele, Philippe Leroux, Franck Bedrossian, Fabian Panisello, Pierre-Andre Valade (conductor in residence) and Ensemble Modern members, as well as composition and conducting students from all over the world.
In addition, the members launched an international composers competition, The Matan Givol composers competition, which is winning great acclaim and reaches large audiences.