The founding member of the Jerusalem Quartet and principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic joins the roster for general management

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Violist Amihai Grosz © Marco Borggreve

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IMG Artists has announced the signing of violist Amihai Grosz to its roster for general management. He will be represented by senior vice president Derek Chandruang.

’I’m so thrilled to share that I am now represented by IMG Artists, with the fantastic Derek Chandruang as my manager,’ said Grosz. ’Derek and I met many years ago and always wanted to find a way to work together. I’m grateful for his guidance and the opportunity join forces, and I look forward to our amazing journey ahead.’

’Amihai is a formidable musician who is never short on stories,’ said Grosz’s new manager, Chandruang. ’I’ve long admired his signature, robust sound and incredible artistry, which deserves to be heard more widely. I look forward to forging an even more exciting career with him in the years to come!

Grosz began studying the viola at age eleven, switching from violin. He studied under David Chen at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, under Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, and under Haim Taub at the Keshet Eilon Music Center. He won first prize at the 1996 Brown-Roger-Siegel Competition and received the Gottesman prize at the 2007 Aviv-Competition in Jerusalem.

Grosz founded the Jerusalem Quartet in 1995, and left when he was appointed principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2010. Invitations for solo work soon followed and have expanded in recent years to include collaborations with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Tugan Sokhiev, Klaus Mäkelä, Nathalie Stutzmann, Ingo Metzmacher, Lionel Bringuier, and Ariel Zukermann.

He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, National Symphony of Ireland, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

Signed exclusively to the Alpha Classics label, Amihai’s first concerto album, released in autumn 2023, featured the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Orchestra National de Lille and Alexander Bloch, with a subsequent release planned for late 2024.

Further recent and forthcoming highlights include engagements with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie with violinist Veronika Eberle, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony (Alan Gilbert), Orchestre National de Lyon (Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider), Palermo Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Massimo (Omer Meir Wellber), Grand Teton Festival Orchestra (Donald Runnicles), Concert de la Loge with violinist Julien Chauvin, and the Orchestre National de Lille (Alexandre Bloch).

Grosz plays on a 1570 Gasparo da Salò viola on loan for life from a private collection.

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