One of the most exciting cellists of his generation, Hillel Zori has distinguished himself by winning coveted prizes in many important international competitions: the 1991 International Competition for Musical Performers Geneva, the 1991 Premio Stradivari Cremona, the 1990 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris, the 1989 Whitaker Competition in St. Louis and the 1986 Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona.
Hillel Zori made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta in 1984. Since then, he has performed with Israel’s major orchestras, conducted by Mendi Rodan and Cristian Mandeal among others, as well as with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie and the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra at the European gala concert for the 3000th anniversary of Jerusalem.
As a frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Hillel Zori has toured the USA, Europe and the Far East. He has also performed at the Athens, Israel, Graz, Kfar Blum, Tanglewood, Marlboro and Rovereto festivals and collaborated with artists such as David Soyer, Michael Tree, Atar Arad, Pnina Salzmann and Marissa Tanzini. In addition, Hillel Zori’s passion to pursue other musical interests has led him to compose and arrange pieces.
Born in 1966 in Tel Aviv, Hillel Zori completed his studies with Uzi Wiesel at Israel’s Rubin Academy “cum laude” and continued them at the New England Conservatory with Bernard Greenhouse. He has given masterclasses in Israel, Europe and China and enjoys an extensive reputation as one of Israel’s top teachers. Hillel Zori is a professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University where he serves as head of the string department.