Praised by the NYTimes for their “excellence, poise and precision”, the Meitar Ensemble, founded in 2004 by its artistic director Amit Dolberg, has established itself as a prominent group of virtuosi specialising in contemporary music. Based in Tel Aviv, they have performed at some of the most prestigious venues worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Purcell Room (London), Radial System and BKA (Berlin), Moscow Conservatory, Yale University, 92Y (NYC), Venice Biennale for Contemporary Music, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Sound Ways festival in St. Petersburg, and more.
They have held residencies at MATA festival (NY), Dartmouth University, and the Zeitkunst Festival in Berlin, and are the ensemble in residence at the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv. Over the past ten years they have commissioned and premièred over 200 new works. They regularly collaborate with renowned composers, including Fabian Panisello, Mark Andre, Walter Zimmermann, Philippe Leroux (composer in residence), Matthias Pintscher, Daniel Peter Biro, Ivan Fedele, Chaya Czernowin, Vladimir Tarnopolsky, Giya Kancheli, and many Israeli leading composers.
The fruits of many of these partnerships can be heard on the Spanish recording label VERSO, the American label Albany, the Israeli Music Institute label, and more. They have been acclaimed for their significant contribution to the development of Israeli culture and music, receiving the Binyaminy Award (2006), Partosh Award (2008), and the Landau Award (2010). The ensemble won the Silver Palm award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival for their historical performance at the Wannsee Vila, Am Grossen Wannsee: The Wannsee Recordings, directed by Emre Amram Sonmez.
The Meitar Ensemble has initiated a unique educational youth programme, the Tedarim Project, offering young musicians in all fields (performance, conducting, and composing) an opportunity to learn, explore, and perform new music at the highest level. A special programme for children, What’s that noise?, contemporary music for the whole family, has won great success and claimed many accolades. In addition, the ensemble has established CEME, New Music Festival and Master Courses for young professional musicians. Among their visiting guests are Ivan Fedele, Philippe Leroux, Fabian Panisello, Pierre-André Valade, Ensemble Moderne, and more.