Lihay Bendayan

Lihay Bendayan

Jerusalem Academy of music and Dance



Noticed and followed by Isaac Stern since the age of nine, Lihay Bendayan was bestowed the « American-Israel Cultural Foundation” award for the a consecutive 10 years. He also completed his postgraduate degree from the Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique at the age of 17. He has appeared as a young soloist in Israel and in numerous European cities, including Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy and England (where he played his Debut Concert in the year 2000 in London at St. Martin in the Fields). He has played numerous concerts as soloist under the direction of Tibor Varga and his chamber orchestra, performing virtuoso pieces such as the Concerto no. 5 of Vieuxtemps, Paganini’s « Moses Fantasy” and others in various concert tours in Switzerland and around Europe and recorded the « Nigun » by Bloch under Varga’s direction.

In 2002, Lihay founded with his brothers Yoav (piano) and Iftah (cello) the Bendayan Trio which performed regularly during the following decade in prestigious concert halls and festivals, and was broadcast on television and radio around Europe and in Israel. The Bendayan Trio, launched by Agneta Lansing Artist Management in 2003, recorded the trios by Mendelssohn, Faure, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff at “Fattoria Musica” in Germany. The recordings and concerts of the trio have been subject to passionate criticism:

« It’s standing that the public had thanked the musicians for the gift that he was given and for the symbiosis with the music that it had felt, the virtuosity of the interpretation, and the intensity of the emotion. Nor notes, but a river of feeling which are difficult to express by words” (La Revue Juive). “Played with heart and soul into a trance” (Osnabrücker Neue Zeitung). “Their Shostakovich was so beautiful that tears almost dropped…” (Suddeutche Zeitung). “A public in a trance” (Grafschafter Nachrichten). “This ensemble has the particularity of being composed by three brothers and the osmosis between them gives to their performances a particularly special depth” (Le Nouvelliste).


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