Ensemble Moscheles

Ensemble Moscheles

About us

In June 2016 at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv was officially and successfully introduced Ensemble Moscheles named by a famous native of Prague Ignaz Moscheles (1794 Praha – 1870 Lipsko).
Ensemble Moscheles was already founded in 2014 to propagate compositions of Jewish composers in Diaspora and Israel. The research of the archives in Prague and elsewhere in Europe has discovered a great amount of the compositions of forgotten authors (Karl Goldmark, Moritz Moszkowski, Ferdinand David, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Benjamin Godard, Julius Schulhoff), who were celebrities in that time and their compositions used to be commonly played at the world best stage performances. This is the reason why Ensemble Moscheles wants to stimulate an interest about this kind of music.
At the same time it also wants to make the unique compositions of current Israel composers available to the European listener. Ensemble Moscheles has studied and introduced the compositions of the current composers, such as Menachem Zur, Ayal Adler, Yinam Leef, Hilat Ben-Kennaz, Eitan Avitsur, Uri Brener and others.



Art and music shine a light of meaning on ordinary life, and trough them we are able to confront the things that trouble us and to find a consolation and peace in their presence.
                                          Roger Scruton

Who wants to understand music does not need as much hearing as the heart.
                                               Titus Livius

Bedřich Smetana : "Tak plane láska pravá" Aria of Panna Roza from opera The Secret

Concert dedicated to the memory of Mrs and Mr Balát Mezzo-soprano: Angelika Pavlechová Piano: Henrik Szőcs JAMU, Brno 2022

Charles Dancla : La fille aux oiseaux (Romance) for voice, violin and piano

Concert dedicated to the memory of Mrs and Mr Balát Mezzo-soprano: Angelika Pavlechová Piano: Henrik Szőcs Violin: Tomáš Tuláček

Aria of Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns

Aria of Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns was recorded at a concert given during Slovak police force award giving ceremony in Banovce nad Bebravou, 2018. Violin: Tomáš Tuláček, Mezzosoprano: Angelika Pavlechová, Piano: Martin Lobotka

G. Mahler/Arr. A. Schoenberg: Das Lied von der Erde

Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler arr. Arnold Schönberg - Ameropa 26th Anniversary, Prague - Classics, International music festival, Prague 2018

Concert in Israel

The ensemble performs works of Jewish composers both from Europe an Israel. This concert was held in Haifa, Israel, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, as well as the 7th anniversary of the state of Israel.

Uri Brener - PSALM 13

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
   How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
   and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
   How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
   Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, "I have overcome him,"
   and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love,
   my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord´s praise,
   for he has been good to me.

Uri Brener - PSALM 23

A psalm of David
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
   he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
   He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
   You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
   and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Polnočný anjel – Music: Boris Levenberg, Lyrics: Veronika Hoffmanová

Z nepoznaných diaľok na prahu večnosti
zjavila sa pieseň
Ako vyspievané slovo
ako portrét na bielom plátne
je tvojou básňou ukrižovanou a vzkriesenou
v notových osnovách života
Práve ti vypadla zo srdca a hľadá cestu nazad
ako sťahovavé vtáky svoj teplý juh
ako človek človeka
ako úsmev úsmev
ako bolesť, ktorá dokorán otvorila bránu láske
Povedz, však to nebolo ľahké?

Tiekla pramienkami v tvojich žilách
až prešla tým, čo voláme cesty a chodníčky života
Zaplavila hornú a dolnú komoru
ľavú a pravú predsieň
obmyla tvoje moje brehy
tichými vlnami prílivu
brehy, na ktorých sa túla divoký koník. strážený polnočným anjelom

Nad všetky hmotné statky
nad všetky múdrosti
nad všetku krásu tela je to
ako obstojíme v živote vo svete
Čo dokážeme dať?
Ako prežiť a zostať človekom?
Dokázať milovať a prijať lásku
Byť niekým pre iných a ničím v pokore
Lebo všetko je márnosť
a nad márnosť
je hodnota ľudského vnútra
naplneného Božím svetlom a ľudským teplom.

Charles Gounod "Divine Redeemer"

Ah, turn me not away, receive me though unworthy.
Ah, turn me not away, receive me though unworthy.
Hear Thou my cry, hear Thou my cry,
Behold, Lord, my distress!
Answer me from Thy throne,
Haste Thee, Lord, to mine aid!
Thy pity show in my deep anguish,
Thy pity show in my deep anguish
Let not the sword of vengeance smite me,
Though righteous Thine anger, O Lord!

Shield me in danger, O regard me!
On Thee, Lord, alone will I call!

O divine Redeemer, O divine Redeemer!
I pray thee grant me pardon, And remember not
Remember not my sins!
Forgive me!

O divine Redeemer! I pray Thee, grant me pardon
And remember not, remember not, O Lord, my sins!

Night gathers round my soul
Fearful, I cry to Thee,
Come to mine aid, O Lord!
Haste Thee, Lord, haste to help me!

Hear my cry, hear my cry
Save me, Lord in Thy mercy;
Hear my cry, hear my cry!
Come and save me, O Lord!

O divine Redeemer! O divine Redeemer!
I pray Thee, grant me pardon, and remember not
Remember not, O Lord, my sins!

Save in the day of retribution
From death shield Thou me, O my God!
O divine Redeemer, have mercy!
Help me Savior!

Uri Brener "Tocco di Vita" (text by Manrico Murzi)

The tick and tack of my fingers,
clock of my own soul, protects you,
invites you to dream and charm.
A touch of fingers, a touch of life.
Sleep-likeness is circulating among your tender hair,
your light hair sleep-likeness is breathing.
A touch of fingers, a touch of life.
It's the puff of my voice sweet caressing you,
it's the breeze of my heart which flows in rapid gait.
A touch of fingers, a touch of life.
The tick and tack of my fingers,
clock of my own soul, protects you,
invites you to dream and charm.
A touch of fingers, a touch of life.

Uri Brener - Jewish suite

We The world premiere of a chamber piece by the ISraeli - Russian composer Uri Brener.
Performers: Dalibor Ducky, clarinet, Tomas Tulacek, violin, Uri Brener, piano. 

1. At the Chotzer - 00:09
2. Almost a Lullaby - 02:17
3. The Fiddler - 07:25
4. The Legend (not recorded)
5. Raava de Raava - 08:38
6. Brioigez Tanz - 14:30

Uri Brener - Meditation

Angelika Pavlech - mezzo soprano
Uri Brener - piano
Text - Elena Fuchs
Sound - Avi Elbaz

Of walls around I have made a kind of road
Cause oherwise, I saw no way for me
And I was crawling when I couldn´t go
When obstacles had forced me drag one´s feet
Of walls aroud, I wished, I could rise up
To feel the freedom like the singign birds
But heaven had become another grid
Full of strange faces, strangers´ voices, words..
I´ll curl down in the warmth of silent room
My eyes get closed, breath calms down, lips get smiled:
There is no matter what I´m questioning for out -
The only answer I will find inside

Antonín Dvořák - Biblical songs Op. 99, No.8

Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

Psalm 25:16-18,20

Vilém Blodek - Ária Veruny z opery V studni

Concert on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Czech-Georgian Diplomatic Relations.

March 21, 2023
Angelika Pavlechová: mezzo-soprano
Nino Ushikishvilli: piano

Biography - Ensemble Moscheles

Tomáš Tuláček - violin

Tomas Tulacek is a violinist of a wide – ranging interest, whose performances of the standard repertoire as well as of the twentieth-century and contemporary works have won him recognition in his native Czech Republic as well as in many other countries, including Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary. Tomas was born into a long line of professional Prague musicians. He made his debut at the age of ten, with concerts and TV appearances in Poland, East Germany and the former Czechoslovakia. He studied with the distinguished teacher Jozef Micka. At the Prague Conservatoire, and later at the Prague Academy of Music, he was a student of Nora Grumlikova. In 1983, he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship that enabled him to study with Yfrah Neeman at the Guildhall School of Music in London. On completing his studies, he made London his home for many years, establishing himself as a performer and teacher there. He was always been keen to promote lesser known areas of the violin repertoire. In 1993 he made a CD of the twentieth-century and contemporary pieces by Gorecki, Bloch, Matthews, Foerster and Pokorny. Later Tomas recorded a second CD with the Czech pianist Vera Mullerova. He has also led the Lundonia and Lichtenstein ensembles, the Viotti Quartet and the Oxford and Zagreb chamber orchestras. He formed a duo partnership with the English pianist Julian Barber with whom he has performed classical works by Haydn, Vanhal and Hummel. He is due to give the first Israeli performances of four sonatas by Vanhal discovered at the Museum of Czech Music in Prague. There started his cooperation with the Israeli pianist Amit Dolberg, and the Israeli composers Ayal Adler, Yinam Leef, etc. Tomas naturally inclines to Israeli music and this is the reason why he with Ensemble Moscheles represents to public, besides the Czech less known composers of the 18th century, also present Israeli authors.

Angelika Pavlechová - mezzosoprano

Angelika was born in Banovce, Slovakia, into a music loving family. She started her singing lessons at Desider Kardos Conservatory of Music in Topolcany and continued later at the Catholic University in Ruzomberok, where she studied teaching methods in singing. During her time at University she received a Principal´s award for successfully representing College abroad and had collaborated with the University choir Benedictus as soloist, taking part in their foreign tours to Poland, Czech Republic, France and Hungary. In 2015 Angelika had completed her post - graduate studies at the Krakow Academy of Music as a student of Ewa Wolak and appeared to great critical acclaim in Handel´s Rodelinda and Mozart´s Marriage of Figaro as Cherubino. She had grown talented during her master courses by Evy Blahova, Jana Pastorkova, Jiri Kotouc, Mara Henzelova, Agnieszka Monasterska, Paweł Sobierajski, Iwona Sobotka, Malgorzata Walewska, Doris Yaris Cross, Ryszard Karczykowski and Piotr Kusiewicz. Upon her return to Slovakia, Angelika has been taking private singing lessons with well known teacher Vlasta Hudecova and pursued her solo career, appearing in Banska Bystrica Opera as Third lady in The magic Flute by W. A. Mozart and becoming a member of Ensemble Moscheles, specializing in performing music by Jewish romantic composers as well as Israeli contemporary music. She performed at the Prague International Music Festival, Classical .., where she performed as a soloist at the orchestral concert of Dvořák's Mass in D major, Op. 86, in collaboration with the Prague Philharmonic. She introduced herself to the Czech audience with the cycle Das Lied von der Erde for 13 string instruments by G. Mahler in collaboration with Indian conductor Debashish Chaudhuri. She also participated in the summer opera festival of young JIOM in Jerusalem, where she represented Slovakia in the opera gala evening on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic and 70 years since the establishment of the state of Israel.

Ada Slivanská - violin

Ada Slivanská is a graduate of Prague´s Conservatoire where she studied violin and composition, and of the Charles University School of Liberal Art where she read musicology. Even during her studies she established a chamber ensemble named Quartetto con flauto with which she has cut four compact disc and has appeared on many domestic and foreign stages (Spain, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Italy, USA, and Japan). Following her graduation and a one year stint with the Central Bohemia Symphonic Orchestra at Poděbrady she joined the Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra with which she remained until 1999 and several years she was member of Praque´s State Opera Orchestra. Since 1989 she has also been pursuing managerial and production activities. This is why at present – apart from performing as solo and chamber orchestra player, she was associate pedagogue and adviser conductor of the International Madrid´s Boccherini Festival 2005, Moz-artissimo 2006 and 2007 “ ChamberArt” and is also manager of several soloist and chamber ensembles. Ada Slivanská is executive director of the Ameropa International Music Festival and Chamber Courses and the co-organizer of the The Prague Horn International Music Festival, Podblanický hudební podzim in which she also participates as performer. 2007-2012 she was artistic director of “Terezin International Music Centre” (TIMUC) in Czech Republic. Thanks to her wide range organizational experience she distinctly contributed to the forming of the Camerata filharmonica Bohemia chamber orchestra and presently she works as orchestra manager since its founding in 2002.

Alena Hučková - piano

Alena was born in Bratislava in 1988. At the age of six, she started to attend E. Suchoň Elementary School of Music (class of Alena Klattová). In that time, the famous pianist Eva Fischerová-Martvoňová, who raised several generations of successful pianists, took her under her wing. Thanks to her, Alena’s talent has been greatly developed, which was proved by many national and international prizes, as well as her debut with Brno Philharmonic at the age of thirteen. As a soloist, she later performed with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of National Theatre Brno. Her piano studies continued at Conservatory of Bratislava under the guidance of Peter Pažický. Their cooperation, which lasts to this day, brought other successes in different competitions and imprints in her soft and colorful tone. Next steps led to Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno where she took piano lessons from Jan Jiraský and piano pedagogy lessons from Alena Vlasáková. During her studies and after them she attended over a dozen of masterclasses of amazing pianists, eg: Matti Raekallio, Alexander Strukov, Eduardus Halim, etc. Alena graduated her studies in 2014, however she’s been accompanying and teaching since 2005. For two seasons she has worked as a ballet accompanist at the Slovak National Theatre, where until this day she remains as a member of the orchestra. At the same time she works at Jozef Kresánek Elementary School of Music as a piano teacher and accompanist of string and wind instruments and a choir. Nowadays she also works as an external accompanist at the Department of Singing at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava. She is a resident accompanist of the International Masterclass Camerata Comorra. Not only she works with youth of different age categories, but is also demanded by professional established musicians. As a cooperative pianist she performed in trios and duos with violin, viola, cello, double-bass, clarinet, flute, oboe and vibraphone. Together with a pianist Vladimír Šranko they formed a piano duo. Picked by a contemporary Slovak composers Evgeni Iršai, Marek Piaček, Viliam Gräffinger, Róbert Kraus to premiere their new pieces. She performed at the festivals Nitra Musical Autumn, Bojnice Culture Summer, Sunday Matinees in the City Gallery of Bratislava, etc. Alena’s musical range is even wider, that is clear from her performance with French chanson repertoire at the various theatre festivals.

Henrik Szőcs - piano

Henrik Szőcs belongs to the youngest generation of Hungarian pianists with extensive experience in chamber music. He first studied piano playing at the Hermann László Conservatory of Music in Székesfehérvár, continuing later at the Liszt Academy of Music where his teachers were Jenő Jandó and Balázs Kecskés. After graduating from the Liszt Academy Henrik was offered the opportunity to study further in Basel, Switzerland. His teachers there were Claudio Martínez Mehner and Jan Schultsz. Henrik was also very successful in competitions receiving 1st prize and special prize respectively at Béla Bartók competitions in Vienna and Szeged. In addition to to his concert career he also works as sought after piano teacher at Hermann László Conservatory of Music in Székesfehérvár.

Shaked Shachar – piano

Shaked is an Israeli pianist and composer whose works are based on diverse styles and influences – classical, jazz, arabic, latin, and various film soundtracks. Despite his young age, his passion and talent drove him to perform many concerts in Israel, both as an accompanist and as a soloist. Shaked was introduced to Ensemble Moscheles during their visit to Israel, where they performed together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia. Shaked was born in Haifa, Israel. At the age of 9, he began his piano studies as a student of Anna Raitburg at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa. Throughout his years in the conservatory, Shaked participated in several national piano competitions and even studied a second instrument – the clarinet. As a pianist, Shaked performed with the conservatory’s orchestra in Keshet Eilon Music Center, and was awarded the third prize in the Young Pianist Competition in 2014. In 2015, Shaked began his military service in the intelligence corps of the IDF. During his service, Shaked contributed to the security of the state of Israel and its people, including many classified operations. Due to this, Shaked had to balance his duty of protecting the country and his passion for music. He managed to maintain his talent and even compose music during his military service. His piano piece “Midnight Journey” that he wrote during his last year in the army, represents some of the feelings and events that he went through during his years in the army. As part of his agenda to bring music everywhere he goes, Shaked has also played in official military ceremonies and contributed to the community by performing for battered women, holocaust survivors, and youth with special needs. In March 2018, Shaked finished his military service. As a new period begins in his life, he is enthusiastic and passionate to perform and compose music to share with the audience the joy he finds in music.

Uri Brener – piano

Uri Brener was born 1974 in Moscow and has been playing the piano since the age of four. His first composition attempts go back to the age of seven, his first acclaimed opuses appeared at the age of 12. After studying and performing in Russia, Germany and Holland, Uri moved to Israel, where he got his PhD cum laude in composition from the University of Bar-Ilan. Uri`s music is performed worldwide, among performers of his music are Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Frédéric Chaslin, Israel Chamber Orchestra, “Tel-Aviv Soloists” orchestra, “Aviv” quartet, “Continuum” ensemble (NY, USA), New Julliard Ensemble (NY, USA), Blumina Trio (Germany), Igudesman & Joo Duo, Sergey Nakaryakov (France) and many others. Uri has written dozens of compositions in a wide variety of styles and genres, works for piano, chamber music, vocal, choral, symphonic opuses and crossover music. Among them three piano sonatas, two Piano Concertos, two Double Concertos, “Faust-Concerto”, "Symphonic Chronicles" for symphony orchestra and choir, dozens of chamber pieces, Oratorio “Shunamit“, symphonic poems and much more. Uri has won a series of prestigious awards and scholarships, among them the 2006 and 2017 Israel Prime Minister Prize for composition, an ACUM award, which he has been awarded three times (2008, 2010 and 2015) and many others. Since 2007 Uri is active as a composer in residence of the Israeli Sinfonietta Orchestra and since 2016 he is a music director of the `Mikro` Theater in Jerusalem. In 2017 Uri became the director of a oldest conservatory in Israel – “Ron Shulamit” (Jerusalem). The opening of the 2018-19 IPO season und the button of the great maestro Zubin Metha was marked by the performance of Uri` symphonic poem "The Prophet" for orchestra, choir and piano, composed at the age of 14, with a composer performing the piano solo part.

Photo by: Eli Itkin.