After graduating cum laude in Musicology at Tel-Aviv University, Israel Golani has established himself as an acclaimed lute, Baroque guitar and theorbo player. His interest in historical plucked instruments led him to Renaissance lute and theorbo studies with Fred Jacobs at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, and with Elizabeth Kenny at The Royal Academy in London.
An accomplished continuo player, Israel has performed with many leading European orchestras, such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic, and has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Paul McCreesh, Jos van Veldhoven and Michael Hofstetter. He is also regularly invited to participate in productions of Flanders Opera as a basso-continuo specialist.
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 made his debut as a Baroque guitar soloist in 2010 at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht. His CD releases include recordings of renaissance as well as baroque repertoire with The Royal Wind Music and The Netherlands Bach Society. His debut solo CD Raclerie Universelle was released in 2013.
In 2014 Israel was invited to lead the basso-continuo section of ensemble MusicAeterna during their European concert tour of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas.
This season Israel will be joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for its performances of Bach’s John Passion and Christmas Oratorio.