Netanel Draiblate

Hailed as “an extremely gifted violinist with a strong stage personality and charisma,” Netanel Draiblate has appeared across four continents. His performances as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and concertmaster serve to emphasize his versatility.

This season’s highlights include concerto appearances with the Brasilia Concert Society Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony. This fall he will lead a string quartet in a special concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations at Carnegie Hall with chanteuse Adrienne Haan. The program, Tehorah, will have an encore performance at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C.

Recent solo engagements include his debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the National Theatre Orchestra of Brasilia, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Le Zion Symphony Orchestra, the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra, the Tel-Aviv Soloists and the Bursa Symphony Orchestra in Turkey. Recognized as a violinist whose artistry “combines confidence and eloquence,” he also appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra on a tour throughout China.

As a chamber musician, Draiblate has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, ltzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Mauro Bertoli and Cho Liang Lin, performing in many of the world’s premiere venues, including Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the Washington, DC based PostClassical Ensemble whose mission is to perform works created after 1900. Draiblate and his duo partner, pianist Lura Johnson, who perform as Times Two, continue to explore the lesser known works for violin/piano duo.

Perspectives, Draiblate’s first solo recording with Johnson as Times Two was recognized by American Record Guide as “very exciting and engaging.” The Azica recording features works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Elgar, Grieg and Kreisler. Future projects include a recording of his original arrangement of Introduction/Theme and Variations on The Star Spangled Banner for solo violin and an encore disc with Lura Johnson.

A sought-after teacher, Draiblate is the Director of Chamber Music at Georgetown University and serves on the faculty of the Dali Quartet Summer Festival, Annapolis Young Artists Program, ArcoNet in Lancaster, PA and The Levine School serving greater metro-DC area. He has led master classes at Towson University, Goiania University (Brazil), Brasilia University (Brazil), Recife Conservatory (Brazil), the Holon Young Artists Festival (Israel) and has previously taught at the West Branch International Festival, the Endless Mountain Music Festival, for the World Youth Orchestra and the Campina-Grande International Music Festival in Brazil.

Currently concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Draiblate is the newly appointed concertmaster of the Lake Forest Symphony. He has also served as concertmaster of the Tel-Aviv Soloists, the World Youth Orchestra, Israel Young Philharmonic, and held a leading position with the historic West Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

Celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Draiblate performed in a special concert hosted by the King of Norway. His awards include first prize at the Jerusalem Academy Solo Competition (1998), the Ben-Haim Competition (1995), finalist at the Young Artists Competition in Haifa (1999), and a major prize in the Peabody Conservatory's Yale Gordon Competition (2006). He was the first violinist to be supported by the Ilona Feher Foundation and performed in the foundation’s Gala concert at Carnegie Hall. Early in his career he was honored to play on the personal violin of Ms. Feher. Scholarships have been awarded to him from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Buchman Haiman Foundation and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

In 2012 Draiblate created ND-Publishing to publish his original compositions as well as cadenzas for celebrated concertos. His Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concerti performances this season will feature his newly composed cadenzas for these works that will also be published later this year.

Draiblate studied with the renowned Pamela Frank, Vali Blutner, Hagai Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Salness, and has participated in master classes with Isaac Stern, Dorothy Delay, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron and Miriam Fried.  

When not concertizing, Mr. Draiblate enjoys cooking, and watching and playing soccer. For more information, visit www.netaneldraiblate.com.