Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni (Israeli -Palestinian Piano Duo)
Originated in the conflicted Middle East, Duo Amal was formed by international pianists Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni. The duo’s name, Amal, means hope in Arabic and reflects their belief that music can overcome different backgrounds and cultural boundaries. The Sydney Morning Herald noted that "the virtuoso pianists known as Duo Amal bear testament to the capacity of music to transcend conflicts that have proved intractable". World famous conductor Zubin Mehta wrote: "Haroni and Kohlberg are two excellent pianists.. This duo is not only a sign of friendship between their peoples but a music collaboration to enjoy".
ABOUT DUO AMAL
The International concert pianists, Yaron Kohlberg (winner of the Cleveland International Competition) and Bishara Haroni, met in Jerusalem. At Yaron's suggestion, they joined forces in 2008 for a concert at the New Opera House in Oslo. Following the great success of the concert and the enthusiastic response of the audience, which included many musicians and diplomats, Yaron and Bishara decided to form a permanent Israeli-Palestinian piano duo. They performed in Europe, USA, Asia, and also toured the Far East to critical acclaim including recitals at the Wiener Konzerthaus, The Beijing concert Hall, the Beethoven festival in Bonn, Auditorio San Pedro in Monterrey, and at various venues in Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, India, China, the United States and Israel. They have a large and varied repertoire ranging from the baroque to the modern period, and including works by Israeli and Palestinian composers. The duo aims to show that music-making at the highest level can transcend political and national differences. On the personal level, Bishara and Yaron have become close friends.