Robert Canetti-international conductor, violinist, professor, music director and conductor of The New Israeli Chamber Ensemble
Robert Canetti received his musical education in Israel with Zvi Rottenberg and Rami Shevelov. At the age of 18 he led the Pro-Musica Ensemble conducted by Dalia Atlas. At 20 was leader of the second violin section and soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Gary Bertini. Subsequently received his training at The Juilliard School of Music in New York. Studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas, as well as The Juilliard Quartet. Played in the New York City Opera; was concert-master of Cullowee Music Festival in North Carolina; founded the Hebrew Art School String Quartet in New York.
In 1978 Robert Canetti accepted the invitation of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra to return to Israel, and during the next 13 years he acted as concertmaster, soloist and conductor with the orchestra. During this time he was invited to conduct in Cordoba, Argentina and with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in India. He has also given master-classes in Violin and Chamber Music in those places, as well as at Brussels Conservatoire in Belgium, Conservatoire de Boulogne in Paris and in Bochum, Germany.
In 1996, Professor Canetti has been the musical director and organizer of a unique International Music Course. Once a year renowned music teachers from around the world join together with their students for 7 days of intensive training, master classes, chamber groups and concerts. This Music Course is taking place every year in a different country in the world.
In 1996 Robert Canetti founded The New Israeli Chamber Ensemble. This musical group includes the 13 leading string players of the major orchestras in Israel, who joined to work together on a regular basis in the Ensemble. Senior woodwind players join the group when needed. He is the music director and conductor of the Ensemble, at times playing as soloist. The Ensemble plays a varied repertoire from baroque to contemporary music and has also been invited to perform in unique Festivals of vocal music (Abu Gosh, Nazareth, and more). The New Israeli Chamber Ensemble has achieved a reputation as the best of its kind in Israel.
Robert Canetti is guest Professor of the Lvov Music Academy. He has been giving master-classes in violin and chamber music in world known music academies and Music Festivals: Jerusalem Music Academy, Moscow conservatory, Paris - Boulogne Conservatoire, Brussels Conservatoire, Saint-Petersburg Conservatory, Lithuania Music Academy, University of Arts in Seoul- Korea, College of Arts in Tainan- Taiwan, Indianapolis University in Athens, Music Academy in Riga- Latvia, Shanghai and Beijing conservatories, Athens Music Consevatory, Magnitogorsk Music Academy, Tokyo Spring Music Festival, Musicalta (France), Kazakhstan (Astana) Music Festival, etc.
Orchestras with whom Robert Canetti has worked with include: "Hermitage Orchestra"-Saint Petersburg, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Lisbon "Metropolitan" Orchestra, Korea "Euro-Asian" Orchestra, Patras (Greece) Chamber Orchestra, Riga Philharmonic Orchestra, Vilnius Chamber Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra etc.
Robert Canetti is The President of The Canetti Foundation, which helps make contacts and exchange of musicians. He is on the Jury of major International Violin Competitions and Chairman of "The Canetti International Violin Competition".