Nethanel Pollak, Viola
Israeli Violist Nethanel Pollak started his music studies at the age of 7 in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Conservatory. In 2014 he graduated the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, cum laude, in the studio of Mrs. Ludmila Feldman. In the fall of 2014, Mr. Pollak began his Masters program at The Juilliard School, under the guidance of Ms. Heidi Castleman.
Since November 2014, he has been a member of the Juilliard 415 ensemble and performed with great Historical Performance musicians such as William Christie, Jordi Savall, Jane Glover, Monica Huggett and Rachel Podger.
Outside school, Mr. Pollak is also a member of several important music programs such as the Heifetz International Institute (2015 summer festival in Staunton, Virginia), and the Perlman Music Program: Jerusalem residency in 2010, Sarasota residency in 2011 and 2013. In addition to being an accomplished ensemble performer, Mr. Pollack has performed many recitals in NYC and Shelter Island as well. He has participated in master-classes with great musicians such as Miriam Fried, Joal Laster, Helmerson Quartet, Hartmut Rohde, Carol Rodland, Robert Vernon, Nabuko Imai, Martha Katz, Barbara Westphal and Shmuel Ashkenazi
Internationally, Pollak performed as a soloist with the JAMD high school Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yevgeny Tsirlin. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Academy Orchestra, the JAMD high school Symphony Orchestra, many times as principle. As a chamber musician, Mr. Pollak won the Jerusalem Academy's chamber music competition in 2010 and 2011.
Mr. Pollak is an Alumnus of the "Young outstanding Musicians Unit" of the Jerusalem Music Center (the Goldman program). Between the years 2009-2012, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces under the status of an “Outstanding Musician”, a special program for small number of leading excellent young Israeli musicians who wish to maintain their professional development while serving in the army. Since 2007, Mr. Pollak is a scholarship recipient of the America-Israel Culture Foundation. In 2011 he won the AICF honor scholarship, and in 2012 he participated the AICF’s Aviv competition, where he got to the semi- final stage.