Itay Shamir | איתי שמיר
Flutist | נגן חליל ופיקולו
Born in 1999, Itay began playing the flute in the Kiryat-Ono Conservatory. He continued his studies with Lior Eitan and Yossi Arnheim, both members of the IPO. Graduated from “Thelma-Yellin” High-school of the Arts and is now working on his bachelor’s degree in flute performance from the Buchmann-Mehta school of music in the flute class of Guy Eshed.
Itay has played in various symphonic orchestras in Israel on both flute and piccolo and has taken part in various chamber music ensembles in concerts both in Israel and abroad. Itay has been coached in masterclasses and ensembles by leading musicians such as Ransom Wilson, Haim Taub, Jeffrey Khaner, and James Galway.
Itay has been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship in 2019, and the Ronen Foundation since 2017. He won the 1st prize at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Winds Competition in 2018, and the 2nd prize at the Paul Ben-Haim competition, presenting a piccolo-only program for the first time in the competition’s history.
My relationship to Ronen Foundation
It has been many years since my relations with the Ronen Foundation has begun. The foundation has made it possible for me to create a number of projects in Israel and abroad.The defining character of the foundation in my opinion is the personal connection with the foundation as a whole, and especially Yaffa. The foundation does not offer me only financial support, but also a sense of community, and a place to grow as an artist and as a person.
The foundation’s concerts are always a great opportunity to create new collaborations with other foundation members. The concerts offer a variety of musical styles, all performed at a very high level.