Jan 01 2009
Uzi Wiesel was born in Tei Aviv, Israel. After graduating with honors from the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, he went to the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Felix Salmond and Bernard Greenhouse, and was awarded the highest prize from the school upon his graduation. He was awarded the Piatigorsky prize in 1953, and a year later, he began studies with the great Pablo Casals in Prades, France.
Wiesel was a prize winner in the International Concours in Moscow (1957), and the Pablo Casals International Concours (1961). In 1975, the Israeli Council of Culture and Arts honored him with a special prize. He has been soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as well as all of the other orchestras in Israel and many orchestras in Europe. Mr. Wiesel has also given recitals throughout the world.
In addition to the regular repertoire, Uzi Wiesel dedicates much time to Baroque and 20th century music. He has performed cello concerti by Berio (Milans, Berio conducting), Ligeti, and Lutosiawski (Copenhagen, EBU direct radio broadcast to Europe, later broadcast to other parts of the world.) He has premiered and recorded concerti, other pieces with orchestra, and works for solo cello by Israeli composers, most of which were written for and dedicated to him (concerti by Ben-Haim, Tal, Partos, Radjinski and others; solo cello works by Tal, Ben-Haim, Sheriff, Stutchewski, Avni, and others).
Uzi Wiesel has played with many internationally known musicians such as Menuhin, Barenboim, Lukas Foss, Zuckerman, Perlman and others. He was a member and co-founder of the Tel Aviv String Quartet, which made many recordings and toured the world for more than 30 years.
As a full professor at the Academy of Music in the Tel Aviv University since 1965, Uzi Wiesel dedicates much of his time to teaching. He has been invited as a guest professor to the United States, Germany, and Australia, and has given masterclasses in London, Moscow, Berlin, Budapest and many other places. Some of his students have won international prizes, and many others have gone on to become concert artists, chamber music players, and teachers.
Uzi Wiesel is often invited as a jury member in international competitions. He has contributed many articles to the Strad magazine, and has just completed a long thesis on the performance of J.S. Bach’s Suite in C Major for solo cello.