One of the most exciting cellists of his generation, he has distinguished himself by winning coveted prizes in many important international competitions. The 1991 CIEM competition in Geneva, the 1991 Premio Stradivari in Cremona, the 1990 Rostropovich Cello competition in Paris, the 1989 Whitaker competition in St. Louis, and the 1986 Maria Canals competition in Barcelona.
Mr. Zori made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta in 1984. Since then, he has performed with Israelis major orchestras under the batons of Mendi Rodan and Cristian Mandeal among others, as well as with the Slovenjian RTV Symphony, the Rheinische Philharmonie and the D?sseldorf Symphony at the European gala concert for the 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem.
As a frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Hillel Zori has toured the USA, Europe and The Far East. He also performed at the Athens, Israel, Graz, Kfar Blum, Tanglewood, Marlboro, and Italy-Rovereto festivals and colaborated with artists such as David Soyer, Michae1 Tree, Atar Arad, Pnina Salzmann, and Marissa Tanzini.
Born in 1966 in Tel Aviv, Hillel Zori studied with Uzi Wiesel at the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and with Bernard Greenhouse in the United States. Hillel Zori enjoys a wide reputation as one of Israel’s top teachers. He is a senior faculty member at the Israel Rubin Music Academy -Tel-Aviv University, and has given master-classes in Israel, Europe, and China.