Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg

Praised for their "lyric sensitivity, extraordinary inner perception and overwhelming technical mastery" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo enjoys a flourishing international career, performing in more than fifty countries on five continents.

Their many concerts have taken them to prestigious venues including Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Sydney Opera House and others.

The duo performs with numerous orchestras: The Israel Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Melbourne Symphony, Berlin Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie, WDR Rundfunk Orchestra, Frankfurter Museum Orchestra and Munich Chamber among many others. They perform regularly with all the major orchestras in Israel.

They perform at festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Kremlin Festival, Israel Festival, Niedersächsische Musiktage, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Passau European Music-Weeks, Audi’s Sommerkonzerte, International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York and many others. They were Artists in Residence at the Canberra Chamber Music Festival and Gil is the artistic director of the Braunlager Maikonzerte in Germany.

Sivan and Gil studied with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Rubin Music Academy of Tel-Aviv University and later made their “Solo Exam” at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Hanover, Germany. They have won first prize in more than a dozen national and international competitions, both as soloists and as a duo.

Silver and Garburg gave master-classes at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Sibelius Music Academy in Helsinki, Beijing Central Conservatory and the Tel-Hai International Piano Master-Classes in Israel. This year they are artists in residence at the Australian National Academy of Music. Since October 2001 they have been teaching a class for piano duo at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hanover.

Sivan Silver & Gil Garburg record for Oehms classics. They collaborated with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie and Maestro Christopher Hogwood to record their first CD, Mendelssohn’s concerti for two pianos, which was released in 2009. A year later the duo released a solo CD, presenting works for piano, four hands by Mendelssohn, including his original version for four hands of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Next year, the duo will record the Poulenc Concerto with the WDR Rundfunk Orchestra, followed by a CD of Schubert’s last works for piano, four hands.

Coming engagements include tours with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Alexander Liebreich culminating in Vienna’s Musikverein, with the Deutsche Kammerpilharmonie and with the Concertverein and Vladimir Fedoseyev, Orchestral Debut in New Zealand and Italy (Mantua Chamber Orchestra) as well as reengagement with the Israel Philharmonic. They are repeatedly invited to perform with major orchestras in Australia. Their concerts will take them to the US and Canada, South America, Australia, Japan and the Far East. In September this year they will play at a concert moderated by Alfred Brendel who will read about Schubert’s last works.

Sivan & Gil live in Berlin with their son, Itamar.

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