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Roman Spitzer was born in 1969 in St. Petersburg, Russia, where began his violin studies at the age of 6 with Prof. S. Zabejinsky, and continued in Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in Prof. Mazel's class. While studying he won several prestigious prizes, played as soloist with the school and college orchestras in St. Petersburg and abroad.

 


After immigrating to Israel in 1990 he continued his studies as a violist at Tel Aviv Academy of Music in Lewertoff's class and was soon invited to be Principal Violist of the Tel Aviv Symphony Orchestra, while also being a member of the New Tel Aviv String Quartet. This quartet won several prizes in several competitions and participated in International Quartet Festivals in Tel Aviv. Since 2000 Roman Spitzer is the Principal Violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

 


Roman is the violinist of the Sapphire String Quartet consisting of four orchestra leaders. He has appeared as soloist in the Musikverein, Vienna. in the Gewandhaus, in Leipzig, in Costa Rica with the National Symphony, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the button of Zubin Mehta and Ilan Volkov, in Engelmann Hall, New York. He teaches in the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, gives master classes for viola and chamber music in Israel and abroad, and has participated in festivals such as Verbie, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Mendelssohn Festival Wengen (all in Switzerland), Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker (Germany) and others.

 


Roman Spitzer plays chamber music in Israel and abroad with musicians such as Yefim Bronfman, Sol Gabetta, Natalia Gutman, Steven Isserlis, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Konstantin Lifshitz, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Gil Shaham, Peter Wispelwey and leading IPO members. As principal violist of the IPO, he has been working with conductors such as Blomstedt, Burgos, Dudamel, Gergiev, Maasel, Masur, Nagano, Pappano, Robertson, Sawallisch, Barenboim, Sinopolli, Temirkanov and many others.

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