Performances

performance_image

Abigail has appeared solo and in various chamber music ensembles in numerous international festivals, including in major Far East, European and Israeli concert venues, such as Kaiser Saal in Frankfurt, Neues schloss in Stuttgart, Auditorium Chatelet in Paris, the Bourges Festival, Cambridge West Road concert hall and Summer Music Festival, Guildford International Festival, Anton Philipzaal in The Hague, The Jerusalem Theatre and Tel-Aviv Museum. She has made live recordings and broadcasts for radio stations such as the Hessische Rundffunckin Frankfurt, Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva and Kol Israel in Jerusalem, and has participated in television programs for France 3 and Israeli television. In Paris, Abigail founded and directed the eleven-players Ensemble Musaicum group who performed chamber music for various instrumental combinations, and were known for innovative and unusual programmes. 

Concerto performances include her arrangement for flute of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto and the Nielsen flute concerto performed with the Symphonova Orchestra; the Oeden Partos’ flute concerto with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; Paul Ben-Haim's Divertimento Concertante for flute and chamber orchestra with theKaprizma Ensemble (first recording). Solo-flute performances include Abigail’s collaboration with dancer and choreographer Amos Hetz, for which Abigail performed John Cage's Cheap Imitation for flute solo in Zurich, Potsdam and Stuttgart festivals. 

Chamber music collaborations include performances with soprano Emma Kirkby, cellist Thomas Carol, violinist Pierre Amoyal, pianist Shelley Katz, the Lendvai String Trio, harpist Lucy Wakeford, Ensemble Lumina, the Tate Ensemble, Kaprizma Ensemble, the Musica Nova Ensemble, and pianist David Dolan, with whom she regularly performs as a duo. Between 1995 and 2000 Abigail played with The Israel Camerata. 

Abigail has given the premiere performances of various works, some dedicated to her, including works written by Richard Baker (2008), Lior Navok (2000, 2007), Yinam Leef (2000), Tzvi Avni (2000), Andre Hajdu (2000, 1998), Paul Ben-Haïm (1999), Daniel Akiva (1999), Benjamin Yossupov (1998), Kiki Keren-Huss (1998), Michael Wolpe (1997, 1994, 1992), Haïm Alexander (1996), and Claude Abravanel (1987).

Abigail’s discography under the French label Selena includes French repertoire for flute and piano with David Dolan, as well as a French music programme for flute, viola and harp with Ensemble Lumina. The CD was nominated “CD of the month” (December 2000) by the French professional magazine Haute Fidelité. Her performance of Michael Wolpe's flute concerto with the Ars Musica chamber orchestra at the international Palermo Festival won the Special Festival Award and was issued on CD (Memus publication). She has recorded works written by the Israeli composers Andre Hajdu (The Jerusalem Artists Series) and Yinam Leef (The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem). 

Born in Jerusalem, Abigail studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and later took advanced flute classes with Alain Marion and Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris and with Aurele Nicolet in Basle. Her repertoire extends from the familiar classical concerti and chamber works to the music of today, including an increasing number of pieces written for and dedicated to her.