Prof. Zvi Plesser

Zvi Plesser



Israeli Cellist Zvi Plesser has a remarkably varied career, which has combined appearances as cello soloist, chamber musician, educator and music director.

Zvi Plesser Performs With Many Leading Orchestras

Based in Israel, Zvi Plesser has performed worldwide and collaborated with some of the world’s leading instrumentalists and conductors. As soloist he has performed with all main Israeli orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Sofia Philharmonic under conductors Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner Asher Fisch, David Stern, Steven Sloan and Sergiu Comissiona. In January 2015 Mr. Plesser appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert conducted by Maestro Simon Rattle in Berlin.

Tours and Performances Around the World

Zvi Plesser was a member of the Huberman String Quartet and is a founding member of Concertante. A dedicated chamber musician he collaborates frequently with leading instrumentalists including several collaborations with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra principal players. He frequently collaborates with the Jerusalem String Quartet and has participated in Music festivals all around the world.

Zvi is an Accomplished Music Director

In 2011 he was appointed music director for the ”Voice of Music Festival in the Upper Galilee,” – Israel’s oldest chamber music festival and has revitalized the festival by introducing innovative programs that have gained the attention of both the audiences and the press.

In the last few years he has collaborated with his colleague and friend Hillel Zori in arranging and performing the Six Bach Solo Suites for two cellos.

A Graduate of the Julliard School

Zvi Plesser is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Zara Nelsova. His principal teachers include Zvi Harel in Israel and David Soyer in the United States. He has been on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 1998, and has taught at North Carolina School of the arts and in Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in Germany. He is is frequently invited to give masterclasses and workshops in musical centers around the world. In 2013 Zvi was invited to serve as a jury member in the Cassado Cello Competition in Japan.

First Prize at Competitions


Zvi Plesser has been heard on various radio and television programs and has recorded for Helicon, Kleos, Meridian and more. A graduate of the Jerusalem Music Center as part of the program for Outstanding Young Musicians headed by Maestro Isaac Stern, Zvi. Plesser won the prestigious Francoise Shapira Competition, the 41st annual Washington International Competition and was the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships.