Kika Nieuwenhuis
Territory: the Benelux

Amihai Grosz, viola

His tone is confident and passionate, he is an eloquent narrator without words, sovereignly covering the melancholic-dreamy width of the score.”

Frederik Hanssen, Der Tagesspiegel

Amihai Grosz looks on a very unusual career path: At first a quartet player (founding member of the Jerusalem Quartet), then and until today Principal Violist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and also a renowned soloist.

Initially, Amihai Grosz learned to play the violin, before switching to the viola at age 11. In Jerusalem, he was taught by David Chen, later by Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as in Tel Aviv by Haim Taub, who had a formative influence on him. At a very early age, he received various grants and prizes and was a member of the “Young Musicians Group” of the Jerusalem Music Center, a program for outstanding young musical talents.

Amihai Grosz works on solo and chamber music projects with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Mitsuko Uchida, Daniel Barenboim, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Gustavo Gimeno, Tugan Sokhiev and David Geringas. He performs in international concert houses like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Wigmore Hall in London or the Philharmonie Luxembourg and at festivals all over the world, including the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Delft Festival, Salon Festival and Verbier Festival, the BBC Proms, Bahnhof Rolandseck, the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, Spectrum Concerts Berlin and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Highlights of this season are engagements with the Zürcher Kammerorchester (with Daniel Hope and Willi Zimmermann), the Orquestra Sinfónica Vigo (under Vicente Alberola), an Israel-tour with the Manhatten Chamber Players and chamber music projects e.g. with Kirill Gerstein, Claudio Bohórquez, David Greilsammer, Baiba Skride and Alban Gerhardt.

Amihai Grosz plays a Gaspar-da-Salò viola from the year 1570, which is a lifelong loan made available to him by a private collection.