Due to the dire situation in our country, the organizing committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the event. We will soon publish the new dates for our festival. For any other inquiries, please contact us via email at Thank you for your understanding!

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The "International Israel Clarinet Fest. Mozgovenko Competition II" will be held in Israel from April 13th to April 18th, 2024. The festival is open to professional clarinetists from all over the world who are under the age of 35. The main aim of the festival is to provide a platform for talented young clarinetists to showcase their skills, promote the art of clarinet playing in Israel, and commemorate the great clarinetist Ivan Mozgovenko. This event will become a regular occurrence, taking place every two years.

Competition Dates: April 13, 2024 – April 18, 2024

Registration is open!

Rules and Regulations

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General Conditions

The competition consists of:

Video Preselection round and 1 live round for the Junior group
Video Preselection round and 3 live rounds for the Adult group

Age categories:

The competitors are divided into 2 age groups (sections); Junior group is divided into 2 sections:

Up to 18 years old (the Junior group) at the time of the contest.
Group I (Junior) - up to 13 years old.
Group II (Middle) - 14-17 years old.
18-35 years old (the Adult group) at the time of the contest.


Applications will open on October 1, 2023.
Application deadline is February 13, 2024.
Candidates must register on the official website.
Applications will not be considered final until the following documents have been uploaded on the registration website:

An official confirmation of the candidate’s age (ID or passport).
A resume (studies, schools, teachers, professional activities, prizes).
2 different and recent color photos in high definition.
Video recordings with the program of the video preselection round. Recordings are to be uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo.
A detailed program of works performed during the Competition.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the International Israel Clarinet Fest. Mozgovenko Competition II is 200 ILS for the Junior group and 400 ILS for the Adult Group and is paid by debit or credit card directly on the registration website. The registration fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.


Junior Group

Video Preselection

Two pieces representing different styles, characters, or one extensive piece. Duration of performance: 10 - 15 minutes.
Live round
One movement from the classical Concerto or sonata XVIII - XIX century
Virtuosic piece
Duration of performance: max. 20 minutes
The works played in Round I may be repeated in Round II.

Adult Group

Video Preselection

Free program. Max duration 20 min.
Live Round 1 - Competitor must choose one work from each of the following groups:

Live Round 1 - Group A
B.H. Crussel : Clarinet Concerto No.2, op.5 ( 1 mvt. )
L. Spohr : Clarinet Concerto No.1, op.26 ( 1 mvt. )
L. Spohr : Clarinet Concerto No.2, op.57 ( 1 mvt.)
C.M. von Weber : Clarinet Concerto No.1, op.73 ( 1 mvt. )
C.M. von Weber : Clarinet Concerto No.1, op.74 ( 1 mvt. )
Live Round 1 - Group B
B. Kovács: Hommage à M. de Falla
B. Kovács: Hommage à R. Strauss
B. Kovács: Hommage à A. Khatchaturian
B. Kovács: Hommage à J.S.Bach

Semi-Final Round - Competitor must choose one work from each of the following groups:

Semi-Final Round - Group A

J. Brahms: Sonata N.1 op. 120
J. Brahms: Sonata N.2 op. 120
C. Saint-Saens: Sonata op.120
F. Poulenc: Sonata FP184
M. Weinberg: Sonata op. 28
Semi-Final Round - Group B
D. Lovreglio : Fantasia La Traviata
L. Bassi : Concert Fantasia on Motives from Rigoletto
A. Chabod : Variations sur Casse-Noisette
N. Baldeyrou : Carmen Fantasy

Final Round

W.A. Mozart. Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581
New Piece, specially composed for the International Israel Clarinet Fest (scores will be sent by e-mail to the candidates who passed the first round)

Each participant is free to decide the order of his/her performance and the jury has the right to stop the competitor in case of exceeded time limits of auditions. Competitors who adhere to the given time limits will not be interrupted. Each participant shall prepare a program in accordance with the Competition repertoire, and the selected program should be stated in the application form.

Calendar 2024

February 13: Application Deadline
March 1: Announcement of selected candidates
April 13, 21:00: Welcome ceremony (Raanana Music Center)
April 14, 10:00 - 18:00: Live Round 1 Adult Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 15, 09:00 - 18:00: Live Round Junior Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 15, 19:30: Chamber Music First concert (Raanana Music Center)
April 16, 10:00 - 18:00: Semi-Final Adult Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 16, 19:30: Chamber Music Second concert (Raanana Music Center)
April 17, 10:00 - 13:00: Final Round Adult Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 17, 18:00: Meeting and masterclasses with Jury Members (Raanana Music Center)
April 18, 19:30: Gala-Concert with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (The Henry Crown Concert Hall, Jerusalem)

Rules and Regulation on the Audition Procedure

In the evaluation of performances, the jury is required to maintain the highest standard and is not obligated to award all prizes. Each judge evaluates the participant’s performance of the program for the selective round remotely and independently. The judges’ decision is final and cannot be appealed. The Competition winners may be awarded the title of 1st prize, 2nd prize, 3rd prize-winner, and a diploma winner. All prizes will be awarded unless the jury unanimously decides not to award one or more of the prizes. Additional prizes, as well as engagements offered to the prizewinners, will be announced on the Competition website and in the Competition program.


All the concerts and competition rounds will be filmed, recorded, and broadcast live on the Official YouTube Channel.


The competition offers a special rate for accommodation at the Prima Millennium Hotel in Raanana. Participants and attendees of "The International Israel Clarinet Fest. Mozgovenko Competition II" can take advantage of this exclusive offer. The Prima Millennium Hotel is a prestigious establishment known for its comfortable accommodations and convenient location. In addition to the competition, "The International Israel Clarinet Fest" features a series of captivating concerts and enriching masterclasses. Esteemed members of the jury, as well as renowned Israeli clarinet performers, will share their expertise and artistic insights. This provides a unique opportunity for participants and attendees to engage with leading figures in the clarinet world and expand their musical horizons.


Junior Group Jury members:

Yevgeny Yehudin (Israel) - Chairman
Gil Shaked (Israel - Finland)
Alex Gurfinkel (Israel - Germany)
Ron Selka (Israel)
Danny Erdman (Israel)
Daniel Gurfinkel (Israel - Hungary)
Adult Group Jury members:
Philippe Cuper (France) – Chairman
Michael Gurfinkel (Israel)
Shirley Brill (Israel)
Alan Vivian (Australia - France)
Calogero Palermo (Italy)
Eva Wasserman-Margoulis (Israel - USA)

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Jury - Junior Group

Yevgeny Yehudin
Chairman of the Jury (Junior Group)

Yevgeny Yehudin was born into a musical family, in the former Soviet Union. As a child he studied both the piano and the clarinet in his hometown Minsk, and later on, he graduated the Minsk Music Academy. During the course of his studies he was twice the recipient of the first prize in the Belarusian national contest. In 1991 he immigrated to Israel and continued his studying at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv. In 1992 he joined the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva as princ ipal clarinetist and later he became the head of the wind section of the orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Zubin Mehta and with the Israel Sinfonietta of Beer Sheva. He performs frequently as a chamber musician with renowned artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Nabuko Imai, Steven Kovacevic and the Ysaye String Quartet and records frequently for radio stations both in Israel and abroad. Yevgeny Yehudin is a regular member of the Israel Woodwind Quintet. He recorded label CD's for the Israel Music Center, Meridian and DUX. In 1994 he won the François Shapira prize for young musicians. Yehudin served as clarinet teacher at the Buchmann - Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University. Yevgeny Yehudin was appointed Principal Clarinetist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002.

Gil Shaked
Israel - Finland

Gil Agababa Shaked is principal clarinetist of Jyväskylä Sinfonia since 2016. Previously she played at Kiel Philharmonic and Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Germany. Gil received her education in Cologne, Germany and the Sibelius Academy in Finland. During her studies she received several scholarships and awards, for example from the Lions Club and the America-Israel cultural foundation. Gil was also apprentice at the National Opera in Helsinki and in the Finnish Radio Orchestra, where she remains a frequent substitute among other Finnish orchestras. Besides orchestral activities, Gil Agababa Shaked is an active chamber musician. She and her colleagues of the “Helsinki-Trio” are recipients of a recording grant from the German cultural ministry in 2022/23, which is now in process. Gil is organizing and teaching the annual clarinet masterclasses at the “Kultursommer Arnsberg”, Germany, for the 12th year this summer.

Alex Gurfinkel
Israel - Germany

Alexander Gurfinkel is already one of the most important young artists in the field of classical music. Born in 1992, he began his musical education at the age of 8. At the age of 12 he was invited by Zubin Mehta as a soloist to the annual concert for young musicians with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent seasons he has performed again with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and also with orchestras such as the Zagreb Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Tonkünstlerorchester Wien, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le Zion, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Württembergisches Kommerorchester Heilbronn, Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, Captain Symphony Orchestra SA, National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria, Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Camerata and the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by invitations to Switzerland (Mendelssohn concert), to Vadim Repin's trans-art festival, "Moscow meets friends" festival (with the Moscow virtuoso under V. Spivakov), to Los Angeles under the aegis of Zubin Mehta Tschaikowsky Hall to Ekaterinburg with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, with the Capella Istopolitana to the Rheingau Music Festival, Kreuth Music Festival, to Hanover, Münster, Ingolstadt, Astana (with the Astana Chamber Orchestra in Kazakhstan), on tour in the USA (with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra) and to concerts in Beijing, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Italy, Russia, Germany, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Croatia, Austria and South Africa. In 2015 Alex was invited to the Verbier Festival and played under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Gianandrea Noseda. In addition, Alex has premiered several contemporary compositions in recent seasons, including Rashid Kalimulin's Concerto for two clarinets and orchestra (in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra) and Doron Toister's Klezmer Concert (with the Raanana Symphony Orchestra Israel). In 2018 he recorded his first debut CD with the Staatstheater Cottbus together with his twin brother Daniel. Alex has mastered both the French and the German clarinet system. Prof. Martin Spangenberg and Prof. Ralf Forster accompany Alex through his master's degree at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. Since February 2022, Alex has been deputy principal clarinetist of the Münster Symphony Orchestra.

Ron Selka

Ron Selka is Principal Clarinetist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he’s held since 2001. As a soloist, he has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta, as well as with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Opera Orchestra and the IDF Chamber Orchestra. His numerous recital and chamber music performances include those in Europe, the US, South Korea and Israel in collaboration with artists such as Gil Shaham, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, Chen Reiss, Lahav Shani, Mira Zakai, Aviram Reichert and the Carmel Quartet. Ron’s festival appearances include the Israel Festival, Kfar Blum, and the Pro Festival (Germany). He has recorded for Radio and Television stations in Israel, Europe and the US, and his performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto is frequently broadcast on the MEZZO channel. He has given master-classes at Indiana University, Bloomington, Peabody Institute, Seoul National University, Buenos Aires and others. Between the years 1994-2001, he was a member of the Israel Opera Orchestra and since 2014 he has been Guest Principal Clarinetist of the Korean Broadcasting Orchestra. Born in Israel, Ron studied with Mr. Eli Heifetz. He earned his B.Mus. and M.Mus. at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with Eli Eban and James Campbell, and won the Woodwind Concerto Competition. He is a prizewinner of both the Coleman and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions in the USA. Ron Selka is a Buffet Crampon artist and plays R13 Prestige and Festival Clarinets.

Danny Erdman

Danny Erdman has performed across Israel, Europe, China, and United States both as a soloist and a chamber musician. The youngest artist to perform at the first EuroCass convention in 1997, Danny has also participated in festivals such as Ostend, Paris, Norfolk, Sarasota and Aspen. He holds music performance degrees from Tel Aviv University, Yale University and the Zurich School of Arts. An Avid Chamber and new music performer, Danny is a member of the Israel contemporary players and a founding member of the Tel Aviv Wind Quintet, one of the leading chamber ensembles in Israel. Between 2007 – 2015 he was the principle clarinetist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Since September 2017 he is the principle clarinetist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, with whom he also performed the Copland clarinet concerto under the baton of Maestro Frederic Chaslin, the Mozart clarinet concerto (Sharowsky), and world premieres of concerti by Zorman and Amar (Re'emy, Sloane). Danny served in the Israeli army for three years as an "Outstanding Musician". Since 1996 he had been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship. Among his mentors are Eva Wasserman, Ron Selka, David Shifrin and Matthias Müller.

Daniel Gurfinkel
Israel - Hungary

Daniel Gurfinkel was born in Israel in 1992 and started his musical clarinet education in 2000.In 2004 at the age of 12, he was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform as a soloist with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the annual young musician’s concert. Daniel won several competitions such as: 1 st prize in the "Duxbury" music chamber competition in the USA , 1 st prize at the Chamber competition in Torino, 2 nd prize at the “LIONS” international Clarinet Competition in Augsburg. Daniel has been collaborating with all leading orchestras in Israel and abroad (Hong Kong, Ukraine, USA, Mexico, Russia, Italy, France, UK, Slovakia and Germany. In recent seasons, Daniel has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Germany such as: Cottbus Philarmonic orchestra, Nürnberg Symphoniker orchestra, Bremerhaven philharmonic orchestra, Ingolstadt chamber orchestra, Heilbronn chamber orchestra. Gurfinkel toured France with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under the baton of Nader Abbassi., Daniel has been taking a part at the Verbier festival orchestra and shared the stage with the most well-known conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Gianandrea Noseda, Jaap van Zweden, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. Daniel’s Past engagements have included chamber concerts at the great hall in Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Daniel has been on tour with the Israeli Camerata Orchestra as a soloist in the USA (Detroit, New York, Los Angeles ,Chicago).Gurfinkel has participated at the festival Academy orchestra conducted by K. Penderecki. Daniel graduated from the University “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin from the class of Martin Spangenberg. In 2022 Daniel has joined the Boulez Ensemble in Berlin at the Boulez Saal as a first clarinetist to perform the “Grand Partita” of W.A.Mozart under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Daniel is a member of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra under the leadership of Daniel Barenboim. In August 2022 Daniel has been marked as a principal solo clarinetist at the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary).

Jury - Adult Group

Philippe Cuper
Chairman of the Jury (Adult Group)

He is one of the best representatives of the instrument, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he is on all fronts with the same quite ease, the same comforting serenity (Michael Le Naour, journalist, "Le Monde de la Musique").

Principal Clarinet of the Paris National Opera Orchestra (since 1984), Philippe Cuper was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic, « La Scala de Milano », Bavarian Radio Symphonic, Czech Philharmonic, Moscow Symphonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre de Paris, National de France, Ensembles Contemporains in Paris… under the direction of the maestros Sawallisch, Ozawa, Abbado, Maazel, Mehta, Boulez, Prêtre, Dohnanyi, Barenboim, Gergiev, Salonnen, Conlon, Chung, Jordan… Born in Lille, Philippe Cuper wins many international rewards like Munich, Prague, Viotti, Slovak prize, medal in Geneva, Orvieto, Mravinsky medal in Saint Petersburg after his studies at the Sorbonne University and at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) where he got a first prize with exceptionnally high honours. His clarinet teachers were Gilbert Voisin (Cahuzac’s student), Guy Dangain, Guy Deplus, Henri Druart and he receive some advices from J. Lancelot, A. Boutard, S. Drucker (New York Philharmonic) and J. Hubeau, P. Pasquier (chamber music). He was principal clarinet of the Youth World Orchestra and at 20 he was principal clarinet in the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris. He worked with famous composers like Messiaen (Quartet), Françaix (CD recording of the concerto directed by the composer), Sauguet, Mihalovici, Rosenthal, Berio, Denisov, Komives, Hersant, Zygel, Bacri, Connesson, Girard, Maratka… He played the premiere of many concertos composed by Bacri, Stankovitch or Gronych (with Giora Feidman and Eddie Daniels) in Tel Aviv or Paquito D’Rivera clarinets quintets in Boston. Ph. Cuper taught at the CNSM : « Conservatorio Superior de Aragon » (Spain), he is now professor at the Versailles National Conservatory and was invited in many Conservatories and University like Chicago, Cleveland, Mexico, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canberra, Jerusalem, Moscow… He recorded about 40CD (some are winner of French Grammy), he played with famous string quartets : Talich, Kocian, Takacs, Enesco, Parisi, Benaïm… Wanderer Trio or pianists like P. Badura-Skoda, P.L. Aimard, M.W. Chung, L. Cabasso, F. Chaplin… Violonists : R. Ricci, A. Brussilovsky, O. Charlier, L. Korcia… the Paris Wind Octet that he founded in 1986.

Michael Gurfinkel

Director of the "Arts Production Management" company, Michael Gurfinkel was born in 1960 in Russia. He has learned to play clarinet from his father, a wonderful musician and teacher. In 1979-1984, he studied in Gnesins Musical Institute in Moscow with Professor Fedotov. In 1983, Mr. Gurfinkel became a laureate of an international competition. Following the competition, he has played with many famous musicians, such as the Borodin Quartet, "The Moscow Virtuosi" under Vladimir Spivakov, and others. In 1986- 1990 he was a Principal clarinet and bass clarinet in the USSR Symphony Orchestra under baton of Gennady Rozdestvensky. In 1990, Mr. Gurfinkel moved to Israel, and became the Principal clarinetist of the New Israel Opera. Since 1994, he played as a substitute in all positions of the clarinet section with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Zubin Mehta. In 1995, Maestro Zubin Mehta invited Mr. Gurfinkel to tour in Japan with Orchestra teatro del Maggio Musicale Florentino. Michael Gurfinkel has also performed with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Mazur, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Oren, and others. Since 2016, Mr. Gurfinkel has taken the position of Musical Assistant Director of the Israel Symphony Orchestra. Today Mr. Gurfinkel is a very popular musician and manager in Israel. He actively performs chamber Music, and teaches clarinet in Israel and abroad. Under the leadership of Michael Gurfinkel, “Arts Production Management” o ers to audiences the most talented artists: soloists and ensembles, as well as orchestras and conductors. The company also organizes and produces music festivals and special events. Since 2023, Michael Gurfinkel has been serving as the Artistic Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Shirley Brill

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 Berliner Philharmonie, the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Jeffrey Tate, the Symphony Orchestra of the National Theater of Prague at the Kölner Philharmonie, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Münchner Symphoniker at the Philharmonie im Gasteig. Ms. Brill is the winner of the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland, the Markneukirchen International Competition in Germany 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 BBC Proms in England, the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Schubertiade in Austria, 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 at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival. Ms. Brill has collaborated with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Janine Jansen, Tabea Zimmermann, the Jerusalem String Quartet, the Fauré Piano Quartet and Trio di Clarone. She regularly performs with pianist Jonathan Aner, playing in such prestigious halls as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Tonhalle Zürich, Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. 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 with Mr. Richard Stoltzman. Shirley Brill was a guest professor at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, a faculty member at the Barenboim-Said Akademie and Professor of Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany. Since October 2021 Ms. Brill has been appointed Professor of Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg in Germany.

Alan Vivian
Australia - France

Alan Vivian commenced his studies in Sydney, Australia, and, after winning first prize in the National Young Performer’s Competition, at the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where he was a student of Professor Alfred Prinz, Solo Clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His career since returning to Australia has made him one of the country’s highest profile musicians. He has held the long-term orchestral positions of Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony in London and with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, as well as acting as Principal Clarinet with all of Australia’s major symphony orchestras. As a chamber musician, he has been a permanent member of the Australia Ensemble, performing the masterpieces of the chamber repertoire for clarinet throughout Europe, the USA, China and Australasia. He was a member of the Canberra Wind Soloists for more than twenty years. As a concerto soloist and recitalist, he has toured extensively, to over twenty countries on five continents. He has recorded for the Sony, EMI, Polygram, ABC Classics and Revolve labels, and is a featured artist in Pamela Weston’s book, Clarinet Virtuosi of Today. As a teacher, Alan Vivian has presented master classes throughout Australia and the world. He has been Visiting Artist at the Paris Conservatoire and In 2019 performed in Moscow as soloist with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Opera. Former students are scattered throughout the globe, having been competition prize winners, recipients of international scholarships, and occupying permanent positions in Australia’s orchestras. He was Professor of Clarinet at the Australian National University from 1985 until 2012.

Calogero Palermo

Calogero Palermo is the Principal Clarinet of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Really young he had already this position in the Orchestra del Teatro V. Bellini in Catania, successively in the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and in the Orchestre National de France in Paris benefitting of the experience of prestigious conductors such as Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti, Herbert Blomstedt, John Eliot Gardiner, Klaus Makela, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Iván Fischer, Neemi Järvi, Charles Dutoit and Riccardo Muti, performed in the most important concert halls in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Winner of the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest and of many other prizes in the most important Italian Clarinet Competitions, he has an intense solo career that has seen him performing with many orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam dam Sinfonietta, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica LaVerdi di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini di Catania, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Colibrì Ensemble, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Györ Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese e Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. Since many years he is member of the Quintetto di fiati Santa Cecilia - Concertgebouw with Andrea Oliva, Francesco di Rosa, Andrea Zucco, Guglielmo Pellarin and many chamber music collaborations with musicians and groups such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Janine Jansen, Giovanni Sollima, Ellen Corver, Gringolts Quartet, Quartetto d’archi della Scala, Camerata RCO, Aron Quartett, Roma Opera Ensemble. His repertoire, ranging from Mozart to the contemporary, also includes authors who have composed pieces dedicated to him such as Luis Bacalov, Renato Chiesa, Claudio Cimpanelli, Antonio Fraioli and Nunzio Ortolano. He has recorded for B.M.G. Ricordi, Riverberi Sonori, Fonè, Accord for music-Roma, Trio Zecchini, Wicky Edition, Cristal Records, Gutman Records, Brilliant Classics, BIS Record, Cypres Records e A.I.C. Many of his performances have been broadcast by various radio and television stations: RAI, Vatican Radio, Romanian National Television, Radio Clásica RNE, Radio France, RadioTre, France Musique, RaiTrade and NPO Radio 4. He dedicates himself with particular passion to teaching activities that sees him involved in numerous Masterclasses both in Italian and International Conservatories: Mozarteum Salzburg, CRR de Paris, University of Gothenburg, Conservatoire de Lyon, Tokyo University of the Arts, Malmö Academy of Music, Conservatori Liceu de Barcellona, IMEP Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie de Namur, College of Music Mahidol University Bangkok, Manhattan School of Music New York, Sibelius Academy Helsinki, Luca School of Arts Leuven, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is regularly invited to the annual courses of the Accademia Scatola Sonora in Rome and to the summer courses of Ticino Musica and Musica Riva Festival. He is the author of the didactic text Soli d'orchestra for clarinet with piano accompaniment published by Riverberi Sonori. Calogero Palermo is an artist Buffet Crampon, A. Licostini and D'Addario Woodwinds.

Eva Wasserman-Margoulis
Israel - USA

Eva Wasserman-Margolis is an accomplished clarinetist and musician with a fascinating life journey. Her passion for music, particularly lesser-known composers, has led her to perform and record worldwide. She has also made significant contributions as an instructor, nurturing a new generation of Israeli clarinetists. They are her legacy. In 1980, Eva received her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of Illinois and, in that same year, secured the position of Principal Clarinet with the Haifa Symphony in Israel. Eva organized the first Israeli Clarinet Festival in 1998 and brought clarinetists of international renown to teach and perform in Israel. She serves as a national chairperson for the International Clarinet Association in Israel. She was the first clarinetist invited to represent Israel at the International Clarinet Association (ICA). Eva’s performances and master classes include venues in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Ukraine, Slovenia, China, Bulgaria, and Japan. In 2004, her invitation to perform in China at the International Clarinet Festival, partially sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel, was praised by Jilin College of the Arts. As a result, she was one of the five international performers and the only female to receive an honorary professorship for her performance. From 2005 to 2023, she conducted and coached at Giora Feidman’s Klezmer Festival in the Galilee. In 2006, she posthumously honored David Weber, the New York City Clarinetist, by organizing the David Weber Competition in Israel. In 2009, her music was performed at the Eastman School of Music in New York’s Woman’s Festival of Music. In 2010, Lomax Classic Mouthpieces in the United States created the EWM Series Mouthpiece in her name. Her compositions have been performed at the Music by Women Festival 2021. In addition, she was the initiator and co-director of the International Clarinetist Corona Competition (2020-2021). In 2010, Gianluca Campagnolo completed another volume of his books: The “Great Clarinetists, “ where she is included. Her CD “Two Clarinets and Piano: Original Music from Finland, Malta, Israel, and Points In-Between” collaborates with Clarinetist Luigi Magistrelli and Pianist Claudia Bracco. Her second CD, Unforgettable Hues with Guitarist Massimo Laura and Clarinetist Luigi Magistrelli, includes music for two clarinets and guitar in the classical tradition. In addition, Or-Tav Music Publications ( publishes some of her music and books. Learning Clarinet, The Artistic Way was the first clarinet method book published in Hebrew. Her educational publications include the highly acclaimed book TIME for TONE and THINKING TONE (EWM Publications). Time for Tone is published in five languages. These books are based on the premise that young students must develop a refined tone technique from the beginning of their studies. Eva’s compositions consist of five unaccompanied solo pieces for clarinet: The Generation of Hope, Ode to Odessa, The Whispering Child, The Children of the Tribes, and HER TRILOGY Creating/Created/Creation (solo), Games of the Soul (with piano), and Nigun-Li (with piano). Her works have been performed worldwide, at festivals, and recorded on CDs. She is working on significant musical projects; however, her book for children and parents, consisting of eight years of work, is now published. The Children of the Tribes, named after one of her compositions for solo clarinet. Ms. Wasserman-Margolis was the primary instructor of clarinet at the Conservatory in Givatayim (1984-2019). Ms. Wasserman-Margolis is a Buffet Artist and has been faithful to her two vintage Buffet Continental clarinets throughout her career. She plays on a Lomax mouthpiece called the EWM. Vandoren V12 is her reed of choice. Ms. Wasserman-Margolis also has an HHP Degree (Health Practitioner). She works holistically in helping her students with problems related to performance. She uses Bach Flowers and Frequency Medicine and discusses healthy eating habits. She has a passion for Iyengar yoga and jewelry design and a huge passion for life!


Adult Group

1st prize: 12,000 ILS and Buffet Crampon “Prestige” Clarinet
2nd prize: 7,000 ILS
3rd prize: 4,000 ILS

Junior Group

1st prize: 2,000 ILS and Professional Clarinet
2nd prize: 1,000 ILS
3rd prize: 700 ILS

Other prizes

Audience prize: Performance at the Gala-Concert with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Other Special prizes to be announced.

Ivan Mozgovenko

Ivan Panteleevich Mozgovenko (February 13, 1924 - December 31, 2021): the maestro of the clarinet.

People's Artist of Russia, professor.

Ivan Panteleevich Mozgovenko, a respected figure in the world of clarinet music, adorned our lives with his extraordinary talent and dedication to art. His life, marked by valor in wartime and outstanding musical achievements, remains an inspiring narrative.

Ivan was born in Russia on February 13, 1924, in the village of Yashalta, Stepnovsky District of the Rostov Oblast (now part of the Republic of Kalmykia). Ivan's life unfolded amidst hardships and resilience. In 1931, his family faced the upheavals associated with collectivization and the expropriation of personal property, leading to their exile to the Ural region near Nizhny Tagil.

Ivan's love for the clarinet began during his formative years. His pursuit of musical excellence led him to the Tchaikovsky Sverdlovsk Music School, where from 1939 to 1942, he honed his skills under the guidance of the best teachers from the Moscow Conservatory, who were evacuated to Sverdlovsk. Remarkably, during the height of World War II, he volunteered to join the Ural Volunteer Tank Corps, as a tank paratrooper, which was destined for the Kursk Salient. However, before this bloody battle, an order was issued not to send specialists into offensive operations, and the musician-volunteers formed a musical platoon, which became a "medical battalion" during battles. The Ural Volunteer Corps participated in decisive battles, including Orel, Bryansk, Zhytomyr, Berlin, and Prague. They also took part in the meeting of American and Soviet soldiers in April 1945 on the Elbe River in Germany. Upon demobilization, he was offered the opportunity to continue serving in a military orchestra, but Ivan chose to pursue his musical path in the world of classical art.

In 1946, Ivan enrolled at the Gnesin State Musical Pedagogical Institute in Moscow in the clarinet class of Alexander Leonidovich Shtark. His dedication and talent shone brightly, culminating in his graduation with honors and the completion of his postgraduate studies in 1954.

Ivan's musical prowess gained international recognition when he won the first prize at the international competition in Berlin in 1951, leading to a career as a soloist and chamber musician. He performed on stage with the Borodin Quartet from its inception and served as the principal clarinetist of the State Symphonic Orchestra for Cinema from 1953 to 1968.

His collaboration with renowned conductors such as Evgeny Svetlanov, Kirill Kondrashin, Leonard Bernstein, and many others elevated Ivan Mozgovenko to a prominent position in the world of music. His performances with famous quartets, including those featuring works by Prokofiev, Beethoven, Komitas, and Glinka, further underscored his talent.

However, Ivan Mozgovenko was not merely a performer; he was a dedicated professor. He began teaching at the Gnesin Institute in 1951, later becoming an associate professor in 1966 and achieving the title of professor in 1980. His pedagogical legacy is unparalleled: he trained countless clarinetists and produced numerous laureates of international competitions. He authored several textbooks and transcriptions for the clarinet, leaving an indelible mark on the world of music education.

Notably, Ivan Mozgovenko became an honorary artist of Buffet Crampon during his lifetime, a testament to his mastery of the clarinet. His transition to playing Buffet Crampon instruments in 1964 marked a significant milestone that enriched his musical journey.

On December 31, 2021, at the age of 97, Ivan Mozgovenko's clarinet fell silent, but his legacy will resonate forever. He took great joy in seeing his students spread their musical wings across the world, working both in Russia and the former Soviet republics, as well as in the United States, Canada, France, and beyond. Ivan Mozgovenko's life remains an enduring symphony of resilience, valor, and musical excellence, continuing to inspire generations of clarinetists.

Ivan Mozgovenko's influence on the world of music extended far beyond the realm of clarinet artistry and the students he taught. His life represented a harmonious blend of dedication, humility, and an unwavering desire to share the beauty of the clarinet with the world.

Throughout his illustrious career, Ivan collaborated with some of the greatest musicians and conductors of his time. He graced the stage alongside artists such as Sviatoslav Richter, Sergei Prokofiev, Maria Yudina, Van Cliburn, and Mstislav Rostropovich, leaving audiences enthralled with his artistry.

As the soloist of the State Symphonic Orchestra for Cinema from 1953 to 1968, Mozgovenko played a significant role in creating film soundtracks that became part of Russia's cultural heritage. His ability to convey emotions and nuances of music to the film through the clarinet added depth and dimension to the cinematic experience.

However, it was in clarinet lessons that Ivan Mozgovenko's influence truly blossomed. He nurtured a new generation of clarinetists, instilling in them not only technical mastery but also a profound understanding of this art form. His legacy as the founder of the Russian school of clarinet continues to thrive through the work of fourteen professors and associate professors. It also lives on through more than fifty laureates of awards who were his students.

Throughout his life, Mozgovenko celebrated the joy of teaching at the academy for seventy remarkable years, nurturing talents that went on to enrich the global musical landscape. His commitment to shaping the future musician is reflected in the achievements of his students, who continue to enhance the world of music.

In the realm of music, Ivan Mozgovenko's life story stands as a testament to the transformative power of passion and perseverance. His clarinet became not just an instrument but a means of expressing the depth of human emotions and the universality of the language of music.

On December 31, 2021, the world bid farewell to this musical luminary, but his melodies remain in the hearts and minds of those he touched. The life of Ivan Mozgovenko reminds us that music has the power to transcend boundaries, heal wounds, and inspire generations. The tender refrain of his clarinet will echo through time, serving as a reminder of the enduring legacy of a true virtuoso and a remarkable individual.


February 13: Application Deadline
March 1: Announcement of selected candidates
April 13, 21:00: Welcome ceremony (Raanana Music Center)
April 14, 10:00 - 18:00: Live Round 1 Adult Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 15, 09:00 - 18:00: Live Round Junior Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 15, 19:30: Chamber Music First concert (Raanana Music Center)
April 16, 10:00 - 18:00: Semi-Final Adult Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 16, 19:30: Chamber Music Second concert (Raanana Music Center)
April 17, 10:00 - 13:00: Final Round Adult Group (Raanana Music Center)
April 17, 18:00: Meeting and masterclasses with Jury Members (Raanana Music Center)
April 18, 19:30: Gala-Concert with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (The Henry Crown Concert Hall, Jerusalem)


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