MultiPiano is a keyboard ensemble, founded in Tel Aviv in 2011. The ensemble is dedicated to the performance and distribution of the rich original repertoire composed for multi-hand piano formations from Bach to contemporary music. Since its foundation the ensemble was presented in four continents and was widely acknowledged for its unique contribution to this relatively unknown genre of keyboard repertoire.
MultiPiano is a resident ensemble at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, a collaborative institution of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Its founder and artistic director is pianist Tomer Lev. In 2015 the ensemble was awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture prize for the “best Israeli chamber ensemble”.
The ensemble`s current members are pianists Tomer Lev, Berenika Glixman, Nimrod Meiry-Haftel and guest member Daniel Borovitzky.
The MultiPiano project was launched in the 2010–11 season. Its main objective was to feature some of Israel’s most radiant young pianists and enable them wide international exposure and professional experience through collaborative playing on one, two, three and four pianos, from 4 to 8 hands. Based on the rich repertoire originally written for these keyboard combinations, the ensemble presented rare, forgotten and even unknown compositions by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Smetana, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schnittke, Czerny, Moscheles, among many others. Arrangements of works from Bach to Frank Martin, as well as commissioned works by contemporary composers, completed the ensemble’s repertoire, creating a rich kaleidoscope of eras, formations and genres in their programs.
Since their first international tour in 2011, MultiPiano was often heard in North America, South America, Europe, the Far East and Israel. The ensemble was presented in such venues as the Beijing Concert Hall, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon and Teatro Gran Rex, New-York’s Merkin Hall as well as in central venues in London, Frankfurt, Montreal, Chicago, Lima, Bogota, Riga, Tallinn, among many others; collaborating with world-class organizations such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Buenos Aires Mozarteum Argentino and Conciertos Grapa, the music festivals of Taipei, Xiamen, Ottawa, Baltic Sea, Hualien, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; the Philharmonic Society of Lima, “Universal Edition in Vienna, as well as television and radio networks from Asia to South America. The New York Times described their first performance in New York City as “a celebration of Multi-hands and Multi-keyboards”.
In Israel the ensemble has performed with most of the country’s leading orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Tel Aviv Soloists, Haifa Symphony and Netanya-Kibbutz Orchestra, with which it toured South America.
In September 2014 MultiPiano Ensemble collaborated with the English Chamber Orchestra in London, recording W.A. Mozart’s Concertos for two and three keyboards, as well as a world premiere of Mozart’s “Larghetto & Allegro” – a 1781 fragment, completed and orchestrated by Tomer Lev for two pianos and orchestra.