Biography

Shirley Brill's career was launched with a performance as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. She has since performed with various international orchestras, such as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester at the main hall of the Berliner Philharmonie, the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Jeffrey Tate, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Recently she has performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the National Theater of Prague at the Kölner Philharmonie.

Ms. Brill is the winner of the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland (2007), the Markneukirchen International Competition in Germany (2006) as well as a special prize recipient at the International ARD Competition in Munich.

Shirley Brill has performed at international music festivals such as the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Schubertiade Festival in Austria, the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, the Davos Festival in Switzerland and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival in Israel. In Germany, she gave performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Rheingau Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and, most recently, at Lars Vogt's festival "Spannungen".

Ms. Brill has collaborated with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, the Jerusalem String Quartet and Trio di Clarone. She regularly performs with pianist Jonathan Aner as a member of the Brillaner Duo, playing in such prestigious halls as the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. The Duo has taken part in festivals in Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Turkey and Israel.

Since 2009 Shirley Brill has been principal clarinetist of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim. With this orchestra she has performed at the Wiener Musikverein, Salle Pleyel in Paris, KKL in Lucerne, La Scala in Milano and many other celebrated concert halls. In 2010 she represented the orchestra by receiving the Westfalian Peace-Prize in Münster, Germany.

Shirley Brill served on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival’s Young Artists Program (USA), at the Mahler Academy in Ferrara (Italy), and coached masterclasses in different academies in Australia (The Australian National Academy of Music), Switzerland (Musikhochschule Luzern), Japan, the Czech Republic (Janáček Academy), Canada and Israel (Jerusalem Music Centre). Since 2012 Shirley Brill is a professor of chamber music at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.

After studying in Israel with Mr. Yitzhak Katzap, Ms. Brill continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany with Prof. Sabine Meyer and at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA with Mr. Richard Stoltzman.


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