Maestra Anita Kamien, considered one of the finest women conductors in Israel, began her career as a pianist, having studied with Hilda Stern Parker and Irwin Freundlich of the Juilliard School. She won competitions of the Music Education League and the New York radio station WQXR, having been chosen by the pianist Rudolf Serkin. Anita Kamien holds an M.A. in music analysis from Queens College where she taught. While studying harpsichord and organ in Italy, she was asked to conduct Italian radio RAI choirs, which marked the beginning of her conducting career. Soon after, she helped prepare the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony in Israel performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
In the United States, she studied conducting with Harold Aks at the Mannes School of Music, in master classes with Simon Rattle at Tanglewood and Karel Streya with the Beersheva Sinfonietta. She held positions as conductor at the 92nd St.?Y? and prestigious groups in the New York area. She conducted the Long Island Symphony Orchestra, chosen by the City Center Opera conductor Lazslo Halasz, in a memorial performance for Richard Tucker. Upon immigrating to Israel, Maestra Kamien founded the Hillel Hebrew University Symphony Orchestra and Choir performing memorable performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Oratorio, The Creation and Mozart's Davidde Penitente. Maestra Kamien has performed the major classic and romantic symphonic and concerto repertoire at packed concerts at the Jerusalem Theater, the home of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She has launched many of Israel's young talents as soloists including violinist Yvgenia Pikovsky past concertmaster of the Jerusalem Symphony, currently with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Berne Symphony Orchstra, cellist Kirill Mihanovsky. of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and violist Yoel Greenberg of the renowned Carmel Quartet.
Anita Kamien has appeared as duo pianist with Roger Kamien, conducting from the piano. They have performed the Mozart Double Concerto many times and given recitals for piano four- hands and two pianos throughout the world.
In 1997, she was asked to conduct The King David String Ensemble which has since toured in France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, New York, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Myanmar, Sweden, Denmark, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Turkey in live televised concerts from the tent cities performed for victims of the Turkish earthquakes. In Thailand, she and the ensemble were invited to give Israel's formal salute to the King of Thailand on the occasion of his 72nd (sixth cycle) birthday. She has performed with the ensemble at numerous international music festivals and in special concerts in Japan requested by the Mayor of Ayabe, a twin city to Jerusalem. In February of 2003, Anita Kamien conducted at the Jerusalem Hall of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. in a memorial concert for the Columbia Shuttle disaster. In 2004, Maestra Kamien performed an important all Beethoven program at the Jerusalem Theater as part of a Beethoven cycle with her symphonic orchestra, and conducted her string ensemble in concerts from coast to coast in the United States and in the historic Sala Barozzi in Milan Italy. Maestra Kamien was invited to conduct and play in live broadcasts on Hawaii Public Radio and on WFMT Chicago?s Classical Music station, which resulted in the CD, ?Live >From Chicago?. In April, 2005, Anita Kamien performed in Beijing together with pianist Roger Kamien.
The winter of 2006 saw the creation of the Jerusalem Chamber Philharmonic by Maestra Kamien, a group of astonishing young soloist-caliber musicians. The JCP performed in Los Angeles?s Wilshire Ebell Theater and New York?s Town Hall to unanimous praise.