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israel.jpgThe Israel Philharmonic Brass Quintet is a chamber ensemble formed by principal players of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The group is regularly playing since the 50's, performing with the various generations of players.
With many appearances in the main chamber festivals in Israel, the IPO Brass Quintet has been performing abroad as well, achieving both public and critics success.

Ram Oren (trumpet) is a graduate of Indiana University and continued his studies in New York and Chicago. He was Principal Trumpet of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and of the Israel Symphony Orchestra - Rishon Lezion, and is currently Associate Principal Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He appeared as soloist with the IPO, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Moscow Virtuoso Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Bach Soloists of Munich, the Camerata Orchestra, the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra and others. He also took part in the Upper Galilee Music Days and recorded for radio. He is a faculty member of the Israel Military Band Music College and gives master classes in Israel and abroad. He is a member of the Israel Philharmonic Brass Quintet and was active in the establishment of the Israel Wind Symphony..

Yigal Meltzer
, Principal Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2001-02 season, was born in Israel in 1969. He started his trumpet studies with Richard Berlin in Jerusalem and later studied with Robert Frear, former IPO Principal Trumpet Player. In 1991 he joined the IPO and in 1993 he was sent to the USA to study with Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jim Pandolfi of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Since 1992 Yigal Meltzer has been a member of the Musica Nova Ensemble, with whom he has appeared as soloists. He has also made solo appearances with the Herzlyia Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded several recitals for Israeli radio..

Michael Slatkin
(horn) was born in New Jersey, Usa, in 1967. He began studying the horn at the age of 10 with Alan Orloff in New York. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1989, in Rochester, Usa, having studied with Verne Reynolds for four years. After Eastman, Mr. Slatkin studied for two years with Phil Myers, principal hornist of the New York Philharmonic. In 1991, he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Principal Horn.
Mr. Slatkin has appeared on many recordings with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recorded with the New York Philharmonic as well. He has also been the Principal Horn of Tel Aviv’s Musica Nova Ensemble since 1991. He has been a member of the Israel Philharmonic Brass Quartet and the Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and has appeared as soloist with many of the orchestras in Israel. Mr. Slatkin is a founding member of the Unison Ensemble represented by Monica Fallon Artist Management. He has been on the faculty of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv since 1996.

Shmuel Hershko has been the tuba player of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 1978. He studied with two of the world's greatest tuba players: Roger Bobo in Los Angeles and Arnold Jacobs in Chicago, with the help of a special America-Israel cultural Foundation scholarship. He is very active both as a solo performer and as a chamber musician. Shmuel Hershko has appeared as soloist, among others, with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Daniele Morandini (trombone), born in Siena in 1983, started studying trombone at the age of 11 with Marco Piattelli and then with Walter Carpano. In 2000 graduated at Siena Conservatory with “summa cum laude”. He got the Orchestral Diploma Bachelor Degree in June 2005 at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Genève with Andrea Bandini, receiving the mention “très bien”. In 2008 Daniele received his Master Degree (summa cum laude) on Musical Disciplines at the Istituto Musicale della Valle D’Aosta. Since August 2004 he regularly plays as soloist at the Festival Internazionale di Santa Fiora and he was Sub-principal Trombone of the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra from 2004 to 2006. Daniele is trombone Professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in the Tel-Aviv University. Since November 2006 Daniele is the Principal Trombone of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Zubin Metha musical director.