PRESS

01/08/2012

EMI Classics

Mr. Wiesenberg is signed from 2012 as a composer with EMI Classics and he is represented by the company.
05/12/2014

New York Times, by Anne Midgette reviewing Benjamin Hochman's recital at the Metropolitan Museum

"…Third was the first performance of a work commissioned by Mr. Hochman from his compatriot Menachem Wiesenberg, a nice, tightly wound piece called “Metamorphosis I.” It combined the agility of the Bach with the expressivity of the Berg, shifting from nervous energy to more lyrical expansiveness and back to a kind of jazzy syncopation without ever lingering too long over any one part
01/08/2012

2012 Prime Minister Prize

Menachem Wiesenberg is winner of the 2012 Prime Minister prize for composition
31/03/2010

New York Times, by Anne Midgette reviewing Benjamin Hochman's recital at the Metropolitan Museum

"…Third was the first performance of a work commissioned by Mr. Hochman from his compatriot Menachem Wiesenberg, a nice, tightly wound piece called “Metamorphosis I.” It combined the agility of the Bach with the expressivity of the Berg, shifting from nervous energy to more lyrical expansiveness and back to a kind of jazzy syncopation without ever lingering too long over any one part
07/04/2010

Washington Post, by Joseph McLellan

"Eastern and Western styles were most fully integrated in Wiesenberg's compositions… His Trio for Oud, Cello & Piano engaged the three instruments in dialogue not merely about abstract thematic material, it was about the nature of the instruments themselves and the traditions from which they came, and it was deeply satisfying experience for serious listeners."
19/02/2011

Interview with Menachem Wiesenberg

An interview with Manecham on the Israeli website Ynet (in Hebrew). 
http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4030718,00.html
07/04/2010

The Dallas Morning News, by Scott Cantrell

"The concert opened with an appealing 2-years-old Concerto da Camera-La Folia by the Israeli Composer Menachem wiesenberg...The finale is a hypnotic chorale-like some of the slow movements in Beethoven's late string quartets...Mr. Fisch and the orchestra gave a committed,beautiful crafted performance"
25/01/2011

Menachem Wiesenberg is the recipient of the ACUM Lifetime Achievement Award

Menachem Wiesenberg is the recipient of the ACUM (The Composers, Authors and Publishers Society of Israel) Lifetime Achievement  Award for 2010.
Menachem will receive the award in a ceremony that will take place in Tel-Aviv on January 26, 2011. 
07/04/2010

An Octet Movement-Homage to Mendelssohn in Berlin and Paris

The Berlin Philharmonic String Octet is going to perform my piece "An Octet Movement-Homage to Mendelssohn" at the Philharmonie-Kammermusicsaal Berlin on Spetemer the 20th and at the Louvre Auditorium on September the 22nd 2010.
31/03/2010

Los Angeles Times, by Daniel Cariaga

"…Compact and intense, highly chromatic works by Menachem Wiesenberg prove most compelling."
14/06/2010

"Reflections" in LA

I'll be hosted at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles as composer in Residence from September the 21st until the 30th 2010. On September 25th my symphonic piece "Reflections" will be performed by the Colburn School Symphony Orchestra.
07/04/2010

Haaretz (Israel), by Noam Ben Ze'ev

... ”According to the Romantic perception of ‘art for art’s sake’ music is not supposed to represent anything other than itself; above all, it must beware of being sullied by the slightest trace of political statement. The 20th century has proved that music, and art in general, can protest directly and fiercely on political and social issues, yet still remain autonomous and not become a placard or enlisted. The Concertino for ?d and piano by Menachem Wiesenberg is such a work: it may be grasped as abstract music, without a subtext, but in so striking an Israeli reality not only the sounds in it have become sharpened. In his Concertino Menachem Wiesenberg has created a rich blend of different kinds of instruments with strings – piano, ?d, and the string section in the orchestra, whose structure, no less their history, have far reaching stylistic implications. How may one reconcile worlds of sound and style so far apart? If Wiesenberg has succeeded in this, hope exists that the peoples represented by these musical instruments will succeed also; ... [he has done] it with music overflowing with beauty, surprising, filled with inspiration and imagination”..
07/04/2010

New Plymouth Daily News (N. Zealand), by Harry Brown

...”they [Jerusalem String Quartet] played ... Between the Sacred and the Profane. Oh for more contemporary music such as this! It’s new. It’s exploratory. But it’s also enjoyable and approachable for any audience. In two sections, they played the opening as only Israelis can play, with deep fervor for the plaintive longing for Jewish homeland, faith and culture, the expression rising from a deep well of introvert passion. The mood changed, giving way to dance-like, song-like joy modeled from country wedding songs punctuated by eclectic rhythm patterns, stirring melody and some joyous scurrying from the two violins.”...
07/04/2010

Metamorphosis II

The solo piano piece was commissioned by the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition as one of the two mandatory pieces. The winner of the competition, Roman Rabinovitch has performed it many times since including on a live Television recital recorded by Mezzo channel in March 2009.
07/04/2010

Encounters IV in Spain and Switzerland

The Suita Concertante (Encounters IV) for Classical Violin Klezmer Violin and Chamber Orchestra was performed in Spain and Switzerland between March 5th to March 9th 2008 by the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro David Stern.
07/04/2010

The Jerusalem Post, by Uri Eppstein

"The Jerusalem quartet injected life and enthusiasm into Menachem Wiesenberg's meticulously calculated Between the Scared and the Secular"
07/04/2010

The Jerusalem Post, by Michael Ajzenstadt

"…Accompanied by the exquisite Menachem Wiesenberg on the piano…"
31/03/2010

Overture for Strings at the Eilat Festival

The Overture for Strings-Homage to Mendelssohn was performed on February the 28th at the Eilat Chamber Festival by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The piece was performed on December 3rd 2008 by the Georg Solti Chamber Orchestra in Budapest , Hungary and in February 2008 by the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra in Israel.
31/03/2010

Premiere of Double Concerto

The Premiere of the Double Concerto for Viola, Cello and Chamber Orchestra was performed in Bremen Germany on March 1st 2008. The piece was performed by the world known Violist Tabea Zimmermann the virtuoso Israeli Cellist Hillel Zori and the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie conducted by Maestro Steven Sloane. On December 25th and 26th 2008 the piece was performed in Israel with the same soloists accompanied by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Noam Sheriff.
07/04/2010

RhythmMusic, by Joel Segel

"… The emerging piece was as edgy as the three men's homeland is today: full of danger and distraction and relentless change, exciting to the point of irritation, but with moments of respite, beauty, even hope."