Viola | ויולה
Dor Sperber was born in Israel in 1991 and began playing the violin at the age of five. He took up the viola at age fifteen and soon after was invited to study a Bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Conservatoire de Lausanne under the guidance of Prof. Bruno Pasquier and Gilad Karni. The same year he won the Phil Collins scholarship that supported him for the duration of his studies. In 2010, Dor commenced his M.A studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Mr. Avshalom Sarid. In parallel, he served in the Israeli army as violist of the Air Force Quartet, under the special status of “excelling musician”. Dor continued to postgraduate studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano with Prof. Danilo Rossi, the principal Violist of Teatro Alla Scala. He then spent 3 years under the tutelage of Professors Ivan Vukcevic and Maxim Vengerov at the prestigious International Menuhin Music Academy near lake Geneva. Here, he served as Principal Violist of the Menuhin Soloists, an ensemble composed of 16 exceptional string players from 12 different nationalities that performs regularly in prestigious venues around the world. He left his mark on several international competitions, including Second Prize at the Stockholm International Music Competition (2014), First Prize at the Premio Città di Padova (2012), First Prize at the David Gritz Strings Competition in Jerusalem (2012), First Prize at the Roz Choron Chamber Music Competition in Jerusalem (2012) and a special Musical Personality Prize at the II International Master's Review in Piła, Poland (2010). Dor has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world, performing in prestigious venues such as the Victoria Hall in Geneva, CCK and Teatro El Circulo in Buenos Aires, KKL Luzern, and in leading festivals such as the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Pietrasanta in Concerto in Tuscany, Le Printemps du Violon in Paris, and many others. Recent engagements include Principal Violist of the Israel Camerata Orchestra and violin and viola professor in the prestigious Conservatoire du Valais and the International School of Geneva in Switzerland. Dor plays a Goffriller Viola from the 18th century, kindly made available to him from a private collection. He has been generously supported by the Ronen Foundation since the age of eleven.
My relationship to Ronen Foundation
I have been supported by the Ronen Foundation since the early age of eleven. Through the help of the foundation, I have collaborated with leading artists and received numerous opportunities to perform in important venues in Israel and the United States, as well as receiving generous scholarships and the loan of a fine Italian violin.