Netanel Draiblate, Violin

Hailed as “an extremely gifted violinist with a strong stage personality and charisma,” Netanel Draiblate has concertized across four continents. The versatile artist performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist and has been praised in The Washington Post as “a violinist who combines confidence and virtuosity with a playful musical personality.”


Draiblate’s recent and upcoming highlights include appearances with the Brasilia Concert Society Orchestra, the Ashdod, Rishon Le Zion and Mediterranean Symphony Orchestras, the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, the Tel-Aviv Soloists, and the Lake Forest, Lancaster and Annapolis Symphonies.  His summer schedule included concerts and master classes in Brazil, and a residency at the Nuevo Mundo Festival in Aruba.   

Solo engagements include his debut with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and Turkey’s Bursa Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra on a tour throughout China.

Draiblate recently toured with his duo partner, pianist Lura Johnson as Times Two where they performed selections from their CD, Perspectives and led a string quartet in a special program celebrating the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations at Carnegie Hall, with an encore performance in Washington, DC for the Embassy Series.  

As a chamber musician, Draiblate has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, ltzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Mauro Bertoli and Cho Liang Lin, performing in many of the world’s premiere venues. He is a member of the Washington, DC based PostClassical Ensemble whose mission is to perform works created after 1900.  Draiblate and pianist Lura Johnson continue to explore the lesser known works for violin/piano duo.


Perspectives, Draiblate’s debut solo recording was recognized by American Record Guide as “very exciting and engaging.”

The recording features works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Elgar, Grieg and Kreisler. Future projects include a recording of Draiblate’s original arrangement of Introduction/Theme and Variations on The Star Spangled Banner for solo violin and an encore disc with Lura Johnson.

A sought-after teacher, Draiblate is the Director of Chamber Music at Georgetown University and serves on the faculty of the Dali Quartet Summer Festival, Annapolis Young Artists Program, and The Levine School serving greater metro-DC area. He has led master classes at Towson University, Goiania University (Brazil), Brasilia University (Brazil), Recife Conservatory (Brazil), the Holon Young Artists Festival (Israel) and has previously taught at the West Branch International Festival, the Endless Mountain Music Festival, for the World Youth Orchestra and the Campina-Grande International Music Festival in Brazil, and the Nuevo Mundo Festival in Aruba.


Recognized as a violinist whose artistry “combines confidence and eloquence,” Draiblate is currently concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the newly appointed concertmaster of the Lake Forest Symphony.  He has also served as concertmaster of the Lancaster Symphony, Tel-Aviv Soloists, the World Youth Orchestra, Israel Young Philharmonic, and held a leading position with the historic West Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Barenboim.


In 2012 Draiblate created ND-Publishing to publish his original compositions as well as cadenzas for celebrated concertos. His Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concerti performances this season will feature his newly composed cadenzas for these works that will also be published later this year.


In celebration of the Oslo Accords fourth anniversary, Draiblate performed in a special concert hosted by the King of Norway.  His awards include first prize at the Jerusalem Academy Solo Competition (1998), the Ben-Haim Competition (1995), finalist at the Young Artists Competition in Haifa (1999), and a major prize in the Peabody Conservatory's Yale Gordon Competition (2006).  He was the first violinist to be supported by the Ilona Feher Foundation and performed in the foundation’s Gala concert at Carnegie Hall.  Early in his career he was honored to play on the personal violin of Ms. Feher. Scholarships have been awarded to him from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Buchman Haiman Foundation and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.  As child, Draiblate was asked to play for Isaac Stern during a master class in Jerusalem.  Following the class, Stern arranged to give a 7/8 violin to him with a note saying “he would like me to have it until I grew out of it.”


Draiblate studied with the renowned Pamela Frank, Vali Blutner, Hagai Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Salness, and has participated in master classes with Isaac Stern, Dorothy Delay, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron and Miriam Fried.  


Draiblate is playing on a Victor Fetique bow circa 1930.

When not concertizing, Mr. Draiblate enjoys cooking, flying and playing soccer.  

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