Yuval Cohen, piano, has won several competitions as a classical pianist including the Young Artist Competition of the Israeli Broadcast Authority in Jerusalem, and the Tel-Aviv Chopin Competition. An alumnus of the Mannes College of Music in New York, he is pursuing a jazz piano career and was a finalist in the Jacksonville International Jazz Piano Competition. Mr. Cohen has performed on major stages throughout the United States, including the De Young Museum in San Francisco, here at the Kennedy Center, and the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New York.
Magda Fishman, voice, was selected as a trumpeter to perform with the Israeli military orchestra, where her outstanding vocal abilities were discovered and where she became the first full-time singer soloist with the orchestra. A recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation Awards both in classical music and jazz divisions, Ms. Fishman entered the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student soon after completing her military service. In addition to her performances with Massa U’Mattan trio, she has performed the principal role in the international production of The Picture of Dorian Gray, which played in Prague last spring.
Mattan Klein, flute, was the first flutist to receive the woodwind department achievement award at the Berklee College of Music. He has played in hundreds of concerts and recording dates throughout his school years, and he has performed with Berklee faculty members and guest artists such as Billy Childs, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Victor Mendoza. Aside from his work with Massa U’Mattan, his tours include: Brazil with the Lupa Santiago Brazilian Journey band; Europe with Hora Jerusalem Folklore Ensembles; and jazz clubs throughout the U.S. with his quintet, which will release its second album, Love Alive, this fall. Mr. Klein was a winner of the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Contest under the category of Jazz Composition.