SIVAN MAGEN

Praised by the press as “a magician” (New York’s WQXR), whose “virtuoso playing
conjures an astonishing range of colour and dynamic” (The Daily Telegraph), Sivan
Magen transforms the harp into an expressive, colorful and virtuosic instrument,
moving it to center stage through the exploration of the standard repertoire, the
commissioning of today’s composers and his new adaptations to the harp of some of
the greatest music of the last three centuries.
The only Israeli to have ever won the International Harp Contest in Israel, Magen is a
winner of the Pro Musicis International Award and in 2012 was chosen by a
committee headed by Dame Mitsuko Uchida as the winner of the Borletti-Buitoni
Trust Award. He appeared as a soloist across the US, South America, Europe and
Israel, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Sydney Opera House and
the Vienna Konzerthaus, and with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the
Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony,
the Sydney Symphony and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In fall 2014 he had been
invited by Carnegie Hall to return for a recital in celebration of the American release
of his first solo CD for Linn records, Fantasien, a recital which also included the
world premiere of the Carnegie Hall commissioned Fantasy for solo harp by
American composer Sean Shepherd.
Aside from his activity as a soloist, Mr Magen is an avid chamber musician and has
appeared in Paris (Salle Gaveau), NY (Allice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum,
Bargemusic), with Musicians from Marlboro, and at the Marlboro, Kuhmo , Giverny,
and Jerusalem International Chamber Music festivals, collaborating with artists such
as Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Gary Hoffman, Michel Letiec, Charles Neidich,
Carol Wincenc, Emmanuel Pahud, tenor Nicholas Phan, soprano Susanna Phillips and
members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets.
He is a founding member of trio Tre Voci with flutist Marina Piccinini and violist
Kim Kashkashian, with whom he has toured extensively in Europe and the US, and
has released this past season to great critical acclaim a new CD for ECM of music by
Debussy, Gubaidulina and Takemitsu.
Since January 2007 Mr Magen is also a founding member of the Israeli Chamber
Project, a group which performs in both outreach venues and major concert halls in
Israel and the US, including Enav Center in Tel Aviv, the Embassy Series in
Washington D.C. and Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony
Space, the Morgan Library and Bargemusic in New York City. The ICP is the winner
of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award
In past seasons were released to great critical acclaim a CD with the Israeli Chamber
Project for Azica Records as well as an all-Britten CD Still Falls the Rain with tenor
Nicholas Phan for Avie (listed in the NY Times’ “Best recordings of 2012”). This
Fall was released his second solo CD for Linn: French Reflections. His performance
of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro is featured on the Marlboro festival’s 60th
Anniversary CD.
Mr Magen is also gaining a reputation as a sought-after teacher, presenting
masterclasses in the US (The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute, The Peabody
Institute, The New England Conservatory, Duquesne University, University of
Texas), Colombia, Taiwan and Israel, the Paris Conservatory, the Utrecht
Conservatory, London’s Guildhall School and Trinity College, the summer Academy
in Nice, the Kuhmo Festival Academy in Finland, and the Jerusalem Music
Academy’s International “Music in the Valley” seminar for strings. In addition, he has
been invited to serve as member of the jury of the International Harp Contest in Israel,
the first Netherlands International Harp Competition, the Lyon & Healy Awards and
the 2011 Vera Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow, and served as
Head of the Jury of the 2007 National Harp Contest in Taiwan. He is currently a
faculty member at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
Born in Jerusalem, Sivan Magen studied the piano with Benjamin Oren and Talma
Cohen and the harp with Irena Kaganovsky-Kessler at the Jerusalem Academy for
Music and Dance. After completing his military service as an “Outstanding Musician”
in 2001, he continued his studies with Germaine Lorenzini in France and then joined
Isabelle Moretti’s harp class at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) from which he
graduated with a “Premier Prix”. He has then completed a Master of Music degree as
a student of Nancy Allen at the Juilliard School. He currently resided in New York
City.

Chamber music of 20th and 21st centuries and Repertoire for viola, flute and harp Seminar