The Israel String Quartet was founded in 1957 by four musicians from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Although all the original members have changed since then, it has always been one of Israel?s finest chamber music ensembles.
Since it was founded, the ISQ has remained faithful to its aims: To bring the best of chamber music to as many listeners as possible in Israel and abroad and to present, in addition to the regular classic-romantic repertoire, a wide selection of contemporary music in general and Israeli compositions in particular.
The quartet is regularly invited to preform in Israel and abroad, and has toured in Europe (including Germany Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Spain,Portugal, Austria, Italy, England, Luxembourg, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech repulic and Scandinavia), Canada, the USA, Australia and Japan.
The Israel String Quartet has recorded for RCA, JOD Classics and Nami Records , as well as for major broadcasting services.
Yigal Tuneh - 1st violin
Born in Israel and received his M.A. at the Rubin Music Academy, Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Professor Rami Shevelov and Professor Pyotr Bondarenko.
He won first prize at the academy violin competition and a Diploma at the Paganini international competition. He is the quartet's 1st violinist since 1978 and the concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 1987. Mr. Tuneh also appears regularly as a soloist and is an active chamber music player who participates in various festivals, both in Israel and abroad. His CD recordings include chamber music works recorded in Japan and Europe as well as solo pieces. As a professor for violin and chamber music, Mr. Tuneh has given many master classes in Israel, Europe and Japan.
Avital Steiner - 2nd violin
Born in Tel Aviv and studied under Professor Ilona Feher in Israel and Professor Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
She started her professional career at the age of 19, when she was appointed as concermaster of the Hanburg Symphony Orchestra. Later on she founded a string trio and was the 2nd violin leader of the Hamburg Soloists.
Avital Steiner has appeared in many concerts - both in chamber music and recitals - and participated in various chamber music festivals in Israel, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and the USA.
Ms. Steiner joined the Israel String Quartet in 2002.
YUVAL KAMINKOVSKY -Viola
Tel Aviv born violist Yuval Kaminkovsky studied violin and viola with Ilona Feher and Oeden Partos in Israel and with Shmuel Ashkenasi in the U.S.A.. He studied chamber music with founding members of the original Israel Quartet Oeden Partos and Lorand Fenyves ,with Rami Shevelov and with members of the Hungarian, the Vegh and the Vermeer quartets.
Mr Kaminkovsky has appeared extensively with chamber music ensembles in Israel and abroad. He was a founding member of the Jeusalem String Trio and the Dafna string Quartet, and has recorded for the Meridian and CDI labels, the Israel Broadcasting service, the B.B.C and various German broadcasting services .
He was on the faculty of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and principal violist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, with both he also appeared as a soloist.
The Israeli-born cellist Zvi Maschkowski studied at the music academies in Tel-Aviv and in Jerusalem. He founded the Daniel Quartet in 1974, with which he performed in Israel, Europe, the USA and Canada. He is affiliated with the Rotterdam Music and Dance Academy as a professor for chamber music, and regularly teaches masterclasses in the USA and Israel.
In 1990 he founded the famous Dutch chamber music festival known as the Zeist International Music Days (formerly known as the Daniel Music Days), and has been the artistic leader and the Festival inspiration since then.