"There are many young promising cellists today, the level of performance has become unprecedentedly high. However one could say that the essence of music making has changed over time and the level of technical performance has superseded the importance of musical expression. I have followed Liav Kerbel for many years and am happy to witness his complete devotion towards the quality of musicianship and technique as a whole, not sacrificing one for the other. I find Liav to be a young exceptional musician as well as having become a young promising cellist!"
- Mischa Maisky
Belgian-Israeli cellist, Liav Kerbel,is a major prizewinner at several international competitions, the most recent being the winner at the Manhattan School of Music’s Eisenberg-Fried concerto competition where he performed the Shostakovich cello concerto No.1. He was also awarded the 3rd prize and two special prizes at the Gershwin International Strings Competition, which gave him the opportunity to give his in Carnegie Hall- Weill Recital Hall debut in 2018.
In June 2016 Liav made his Center for Fine Arts of Brussels debut performing the Brahms Double Concerto together with violinist Maxim Vengerov and the Belgian National Orchestra. A few years later, he performed Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto with the eminent cellist Mischa Maisky, who later described Liav as a “young exceptional musician”. Other performances include appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria and Nuove Musiche with Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and appearances with the Belorussian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Pleven Symphonic Orchestra and the Flemish Symphony Orchestra.
Liav has had the honor to perform for many influential musicians including Renaud Capucon, Ivry Gitlis, Clive Greensmith, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Hans Jørgen-Jensen, Heinrich Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Jian Wang, Uzi Wiesel, the Borromeo String Quartet and the Talich String Quartet.
Liav started his musical studies in Belgium with Prof. Claudine Steenackers and Prof. Vladimir Perlin. He now holds a Bachelor of Music degree as a recipient of the International Advisory Board scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Prof. Philippe Muller. He is currently finishing his Master of Music degree under the guidance of Prof. Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory.
Liav plays on an instrument by Giovanni Battista Ceruti, made in Cremona in 1798, generously granted on an extended loan from the Bank DELEN in Belgium, and a private donor.
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