Born in Tel Aviv in 1998, Avishay studies flute with Guy Eshed at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. He is a former student of Yossi Arnheim and Dafna Peled. Avishay has won numerous competitions in Israel: The Kfar Saba Wind Competition, The Paul Ben-Haim Competition and The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Woodwind and Brass Competition. As from 2013, he is being supported with scholarships on the behalf of The Ronen Foundation, The America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Buchman-Heyman Foundation. Avishay is a graduate of the Thelma Yellin high school of Arts and the Youth Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Ra'anana Symphonette and the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in a master class with Sir James Galway at the Jerusalem Music Center as well. In 2018, Avishay has participated at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, US, where he received lessons from major American flute teachers. In the past year, Avishay has performed as guest principal flute with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Stanislav Kochnovsky. He has also taken part as second flute in Zubin Mehta's farewell concert from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
My relationship to Ronen Foundation
My relationship with the Ronen Foundation began during my first years at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, which I graduated from in 2016. The foundation supported me with a scholarship to fund my studies, which included theoretical music lessons, choir singing, symphony orchestra and performances in Israel and abroad. These years have been significant to my development as a musician and I am very grateful to the Ronen Foundation for supporting me and enabling me to receive music education at the highest level. I was privileged to perform at the Ronen Foundation's gala event in 2015, where I played the second movement from Prokofiev's Flute Sonata, together with pianist Uri Tzafrir.