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Often life amazes with the ornate destinies of talented people. It is to this type of people that Dr. Berliner belongs.
He was an actuary that became a composer and it wasn’t just a hobby. His music was played all over the world in so many countries including the United States, Poland, Austria, France, Bulgaria, Moldova, Turkey and many more. In 2016 he had an exciting concert in Kiev, Ukraine, dedicated to the 75 years anniversary of the Babi-yar massacre. A documentary film was made as a result of this journey and concert which is yet to be released. Dr Berliner has written several Symphonic poems and has held dozens of concerts, only some of which were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and now because of the tragic war in Ukraine.
Baruch Berliner was born in Tel Aviv in 1942 and moved to Berlin with his parents at the age of 13. After his return to Israel in 1990 he worked as a senior research fellow at Tel Aviv University until 2007. In recent years, Baruch Berliner has been working closely with producer and musician Nachum Slutzker.
Surely a unique composer, Dr. Berliner unites the oldest of the arts of music with the oldest of monotheistic religions -Judaism, because his works are based on Torah verses. His concert concept is that at each of the shows and in each country the local announcer reads the Torah verses in the local language. The worldwide deployment of Berliner concerts is possible thanks to the fact that the Torah has been translated into some 700 languages.
“Baruch Berliner’s Genesis International Project” continues to spread its wings and makes its mark around the world despite the complex period of the Coronavirus and the war in Ukraine. So far, the works of the Israeli composer Baruch Berliner have been performed in twenty different countries on three continents, and the geographical distribution of the work “Creation of the World” or Genesis is constantly expanding.
Beginning this year in Istanbul on the 11th of February, then moving to Kazakhstan on June 18, Romania on June 30, and Moldova on July 5-7, all the concerts of the project transformed into social and cultural events, attended by Israeli ambassadors from around the world as well as ambassadors from other countries, members of local Jewish communities, local artists, and writers. The media has also been buzzing and the “Baruch Berliner” YouTube channel has reached about two million views.
On June 18, in Kazakhstan, in the Philharmonic Hall in the cultural capital Almaty, there was a world premiere of the Violin Concerto and the “Jacob’s Dream” Orchestra. International violinist Graf Murzha performed alongside the national orchestra, conducted by maestro Mikhail Kirchhoff, who is the flagship of the Israeli composer’s works around the world.
On June 30 in Romania, the Bacău City Philharmonic performed the symphonic poem “Creation of the World” as well as the Clarinet Concerto and the “Jacob’s Dream” Orchestra by Baruch Berliner. The orchestra conducted by the conductor Mihail Agafiţa, who is also the musical director and principal conductor of the Moldovan National Orchestra. Singer SERGIU MUȘAT played the “Jacob’s Dream” concerto for clarinet and orchestra.
On July 5, in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, there was a concert of different works by Baruch Berliner with the Moldovan National Orchestra conducted by Mihail Agafiţa on the oratorio “Abraham” program with the participation of the Moldovan National Choir “Doina” (Doina). In addition, the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra “Jacob’s Dream” by Baruch Berliner with vocalist SERGIU MUȘAT was played.
On July 7, in Chisinau, there was another concert of works by Baruch Berliner with the Moldovan National Orchestra conducted by Mihail Agafiţa . It featured seven Berliner “symphonic dances” alongside works by renowned Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla. The concerts were initiated and organized by the Israeli producer Nachum Slutzker, who has been working closely with the composer Baruch Berliner for 30 years.
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