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Ina Esther Joost Ben-Sasson, Principal Cellist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra--Solo Performance with the USC Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:30pm

Featured Soloist with USC Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Donald Portnoy, Conductor

Location: Darla Moore School of Business, W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall

Free and open to the public! 


                         Ina Esther Joost Ben-Sasson, Cellist 

Ms. Joost Ben-Sasson performs "In Memoriam" for cello and strings by Meira Warshauer

Since her immigration to Israel in 1989, Ina Esther Joost has been the Principal Cellist and frequent soloist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA. German born, she studied with  P. Fournier, S. Celibidache and E. Barenboim , after receiving her Soloist’s Diploma at the State’s Music  Academy Hamburg (Germany). Having won top prizes, including the Diploma of the Tchaikovsky Competition , Moscow, and the 1st Prize of the International Cello Competition Belgrade, she has been in high demand as a soloist in Europe, the USA, South Korea, Israel and Brazil, being accompanied by world renowned symphony orchestras from Paris, Geneva, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Jerusalem and Rio de Janeiro.

Following her performance at the World Cello Congress III in Baltimore, USA , in 2000, she was invited as a Visiting Professor at Towson University, MD, in 2001, played in concerts and festivals and made her New York début with overwhelming success.

Her recordings include French and Israeli compositions for cello solo (IMI), a CD with Romantic and Impressionistic music for cello and piano, the Six Suites by Bach, “Nigunim” for cello solo, a CD with compositions by Gabriel Faure for cello and piano (NAXOS , 2010), and her new CD with Russian sonatas for cello and piano, published by NAXOS in 2014. Many Israeli composers dedicated solo works to her.

During recent years, she has combined performing as a soloist and teaching master classes in the USA, in Brazil (International Cello Encounter Rio de Janeiro), in Mexico (2010), Poland, Germany (Bach Festival, 2011 ; 2013/2014, 2015 and 2016), France (2012 and 2013/14), in Canada (2013) and in China (2014).

Sponsors: USC  Symphony and the USC School of Music, Jewish Studies Program of the University of South Carolina, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, Hesed House of Columbia College, Columbia Jewish Federation