Efroni Choir


An extraordinary ensemble composed of girls ages 12 to 18, the Efroni Children's Choir has performed extensively in Israel and abroad, including an appearance at the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony. The group, founded in 1980 by Maya Shavit, draws its members largely from agricultural settlements. Efroni performances incorporate both singing and movement, a novel approach that has won the choir much praise. The ensemble's repertoire includes many works written for the choir by Israeli composers, along with traditional Jewish compositions. Massa U’Mattan was established in Jerusalem in 1995 by Mattan Klein and Yuval Cohen. They have performed regularly in Jerusalem and were invited to many prestigious stages such as the Israel Festival Jazz Club, the Jerusalem International Film Festival, and the Biblical Lands Museum. After a year of intensive performing, Klein and Cohen moved to the United States to continue their studies, and were introduced to Magda Fishman through the Israeli Consulate in New York. The trio’s performances have received enthusiastic responses throughout the nation. Their first CD was released in the fall of 1999.

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.

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