With the release of his first solo CD by Azica (Naxos) Records in the fall of 2013, violinist Netanel Draiblate entered a new phase of his career. Now in his fourth season as Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Draiblate is an accomplished and rising star in the violin world. His rich and varied orchestral experience includes regular invitations to principal positions in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Barenboim, the Tel-Aviv Soloists, as well as Concertmaster positions with the World Youth Orchestra, Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, Israel Young Philharmonic, the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Draiblate has also performed as Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster with the Lancaster (PA) Symphony Orchestra.
Netanel Draiblate has performed as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2008, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Bergen (NJ) Philharmonic, Baltimore Concerto Orchestra in 2011, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Le Zion Symphony Orchestra, the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, MSO Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra, University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the World Youth Orchestra, the Tel-Aviv Soloists and in Turkey with the Bursa Symphony Orchestra, for their 2006-07 season- opening concert. Additionally, he accompanied the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra on their 2010 tour of China as a soloist as well.
In 2002, as Concertmaster of the World Youth Orchestra, Mr. Draiblate was invited to perform with Daniel Stabrawa, former Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic in a chamber concert. He was invited back in 2009 as the Guest Concertmaster for the World Youth Orchestra's European tour. In 2003, Netanel collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo and Lin Cho Liang in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall. A month before, also at Carnegie Hall, he took part in the America- Israel Cultural Foundation Gala Concert. Mr. Draiblate was also invited to represent Israel in a concert hosted by the King of Norway, celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Oslo Accords. He has also been heard in numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in Israel, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, France, Belgium, Germany and Italy.
He was a pupil of the renowned Pamela Frank, Val Blutner, Hagai Shaham and Shmuel Ashkenasi and currently studies with David Salness. Netanel Draiblate has participated in masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Dorothy DeLay, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron and Miriam Fried. He won the First Prize at the Jerusalem Academy Solo Competition (1998), the Ben-Haim Competition (1995), was a finalist at the Young Artists Competition in Haifa (1999), and a major prize in the Peabody Conservatory's Yale Gordon Competition (2006). He was also awarded the J.C Van Hulstein Award, the Carl Holzapfel Violin Shop Endowed Scholarship and the 2008 Grace Clagett Ranney Prize, all by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
As a sought-after teacher, Mr. Draiblate receives regular invitations to teach at the West Branch International Festival, the Endless Mountain Music Festival and the World Youth Orchestra.
Netanel Draiblate is the first violinist to be supported by the Ilona Feher Foundation, and performed in the Foundation's concerts, among them, a Gala concert in Carnegie Hall in April, 2008. He has received annual scholarships since 1990 from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation as well as scholarships from the Ronen Foundation, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Buchman Haiman Foundation and the Peabody Institute.