Since graduating cum laude in Musicology at Tel-Aviv University, Israel Golani has become one of Europe’s acclaimed lute, baroque guitar and theorbo players. His skills as a continuo player have led to performances with many leading European orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, MusicAeterna, B’Rock and Gabrieli Consort. Israel has featured on recordings of both renaissance as well as baroque repertoire. His debut solo album, Raclerie Universelle, was released in 2013 and was a result of a passion for 17th-century French guitar repertoire. This led to a series of solo recitals in The Netherlands and Japan. More recently Israel has collaborated with renowned conductor Teodor Currentzis in creating basso-continuo accompaniments for Mozart’s Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito.

In the field of chamber music, Israel has performed with The Locke Consort, Musica Amphion and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and has appeared in festivals all over the world, including the Early Music Festival Vancouver, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Early Music Festival Galway and the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. He has participated in several multidisciplinary projects, in collaboration with the contemporary music ensemble VocaaLAB, dance company LeineRoebana and hip-hop group ISH.

Israel Golani with theorbo. Image by photographer Janik Dam

In 2020 the recording of Israel’s second solo album of French music for the renaissance lute will take place in Groningen