Rivka Golani

Rivka Golani

Rivka Golani (b. Tel Aviv, 1946) is a Canadian violist.

Born in Israel, Ms. Golani became a Canadian citizen in 1983; and a British citizen in 1997. Along with her recording career and worldwide solo performances, she teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and Trinity College of Music, London. She has also taught at the University of Toronto and The Royal Academy of Music. She lives in London, England.

Composers have written over 250 works for her, of which more than 60 are concertos. She has also recorded important transcriptions for the viola including Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor with the Royal Philharmonic and the Six Bach solo violoncello Suites, Chaconne and J.S. Bach / Z. Kodaly (trans.) Chromatic Fantasy (CBC Records). Ms. Golani has numerous other recordings as soloist with internationally acclaimed orchestras performing standand works for the viola (e.g. the Bartok concerto) as well as several works composed for her. Ms. Golani has performed many times at the Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Wigmore Hall (London), and the last night at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Familiar to audiences throughout the world, Rivka Golani has also performed as a soloist with the Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Budapest Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, CBC Vancouver orchestra and many others.

*Rivka Golani is also a noted painter.


*Arnold, M. Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 108. London Musici, Mark Stephenson - Conductor. Conifer Classics 75605-51211-2 (1992, recorded 1991), Conifer Classics 75605 51263 2 (1996)

*Bach, J.S. Six Suites for solo Violoncello - transcribed for solo Viola BWV 1007-1012; Bach/Z. Kodály (arr.) Chromatic Fantasy BWV 903; J. S. Bach Chaconne BWV 1004. (2001). MVCD 1141-3 CBC Records.

*Bach, J.S. Brandenburg Concertos - Complete Set (No. 6 for two violas & Orchestra), CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Mario Bernardi - Conductor. CBC - SMCD5082

*Bach, J.S. Chromatic Fantasia (ed. Kodály) in The History of the Viola on Record, Vol IV.. Pearl - GEMS 0039

*Bartók, B. Viola Concerto; Serly Viola Concerto; Rhapsody. Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Andras Ligeti - conductor. (1990). Conifer CDCF-189 (CD)

*Bax, A. Fantasy Sonata; J. S. Bach Sonata No. 2; Morawetz Sonata for harp and viola. With Judy Loman - harp. (1994). Marquis ERAD 131

*Berlioz,H. Harold in Italy. San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Yoav Talmi - Conductor. Naxos 8.553034

*Brahms, J. The Three Piano Quartets. With the Borodin Trio. (1990). 2-Chandos CHAN-8009 (CD)

*Brahms, J. Viola Sonata in F minor opus 120, no. 1, Viola Sonata E flat opus 120, no. 2; J. Joachim Variations on an Original Theme (world premier recording) opus 10. with Konstantin Bogino - piano. (1991). Conifer CDCF 199.

*Brahms, J. Zwei Gesânge, Op. 91 in "Mareen Forrester", with Maureen Forrester - Contralto and Thomas MUraco - Piano. CBC Records PSCD-2017

*Britten, B. Lachrymae. I Musici de Montréal. (1990). Chandos CHAN-8817 (CD)

*Cherney, B. Chamber Concerto for Viola and Ten Players. NMC Ens, R. Aitken - conductor. String Trio. Otto Armin - violin, P. Schenkman - violoncello. (1981). RCI 537

*Cherney, B. Shekinah for solo viola; In Stillness Ascending, with L. P. Pelletier - piano. (1991). McGill 750036-2

*Colgrass,M. Chaconne for Viola & Orchestra (CD also includes Bloch E. Suite Hébraique; Hindemith, P. Trauermusik; Britten, B Lachrymae), with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis - Conductor. CBC SM-2-5087

*Elgar, Sir Edward. Cello Concerto in E minor, opus 85 (Viola transcription: L. Tertis); Bax, Arnold: Phantasy for Viola and Orchestra - 1920. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley - conductor. (1988). Conifer CFC-171/CDCF 171

*Freedman, H. Opus Pocus. With Robert Aitken - flute, Otto Armin - violin, Peter Schenkman - violoncello. (1983). Centrediscs CMC-0983

*Glick, S.I. Music for Passover. Beth Tikvah Synagogue Choir, Beth Tzedec Chor, Kernerman violin, McCartney violin, Miller violoncello, Glick conductor. 4-ACM 34 (CD)

*Hatzis, C. Pyrrichean Dances, with Beverley Johnston - Percussion, and Symphony Nova Scotia, Bernhard Gueller - Conductor, CBC Records, SMCD-5243

*Koprowski, P. Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. Toronto Symphony, Jukka-Pekka Saraste - conductor. (2001). SMCD 5206

*Martinu, B. Rhapsody-Concerto. Bern Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag - conductor. (1986). Conifer CFC-146

*Papineau-Couture, J. Prouesse. (1986). RCI 647

*Prokofiev, S. Overture on Hebrew Themes OP. 34 - with the Borodin Trio and James Campbell. CHAN-8924

*Rubbra, E. Concerto in A for viola and orchestra, opus 75; Little violin. (1994). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley - Conductor. Conifer CDCF 225

*Schumann, R. Märchenerzählungen. With J. Campbell - clarinet, William Tritt - piano. (1986). RCI 637

*Schumann, R. Fairly Tales Op. 113; 3 Romances Op. 94; 5 Pieces in Folk Style Op. 102; Fairy Tale Narrations with clarinet Op. 132. With Joaquín Valdepeñas - clarinet. Bernadene - Blaha piano. (1999). MVCD 1127

*Sohal, N. Shades IV in Chamber Music Vol. I - MERUCD001

*Weill, K. Kiddush (in The London Viola Sound); viola solo and 48 violas from London orchestras, Geoffrey Simon - Conductor, CALA Records - CACD0106

*Yuasa, Joji. Eye on Genesis - Revealed Time for Viola & Orchestra. Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Hiroyuki Iwaki - Conductor. FOCD-2508

*Zehavi, O. Concerto for Viola * Orchestra. Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Sperber - Conductor. MII-CD-22

*Zuckert, L. Shepherd's Sadness, Lento Triste. With Patricia Parr - piano. (1986). Jubal 5007


*The Viola Volume I: Grigoras Dinicu: Hora Staccato; Gabriel Faure: Après un Rêve Op. 7; Claude Debussy: Romance; Antonin Dvorak: Bagatelle No. 3 Henry Purcell: Aria; Enrique Granados - Spanish Dance, Op. 37 No. 2 "Oriental" (12 Spanish Danses); Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1 - Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F Major; Arthur Benjamin: Jamaican Rumba; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Hopak; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Melody from Orfeo; Richard Heuberger: Midnight Bells; Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid - Schön Rosmarin; Carl Maria von Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo in C minor. J. 79.

*The Viola Volumes II & III: R. Schumann Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano; Robert Schumann: Märchenbilder, Op. 113; Joachim Hebrew Melodies (Impressions of Byron's Poems), Op. 9; Brahms Sonata F minor Op. 120, No. 1; Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 147. Samuel Sanders - piano. 1984-5. 2-Masters of the Bow MBS-2021-2

*Viola Nouveau: Works by Barnes - Cherney - Jaeger - O. Joachim - Prévost. (1983). Centrediscs CMC-0883/(Prévost) 6-ACM 28

* Prouesse: Works by Jaeger - Tittle - Mozetich - Papineau-Couture - Southam. Centrediscs CMC-4492

* Rivka Golani: Works by MacIntosh - Harmon - Hiscott - Colgrass. Centrediscs CMC-5798

*I Heard a Voice from Heaven - Jewish Devotional Music of 18th - 20th Centuries, Cantor Louis Danto with pianist Lawrence Pitchko, Cadenza Records, Toronto, Canada.

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* [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0001391 Canadian Music Encyclopedia article on Rivka Golani.]



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