Italian-born violist Shira Majoni grew up in a musical family, and from a very early age expressed her passion and interest for languages, music being one of them. In 2013 she was awarded Top Prize for viola and Special Prize for Best Performance of an Israeli Composition at the Aviv Competition in Israel. Her most recent performances include, recitals, solo and chamber music concerts at the Kaisersaal in Freiburg, Tel Aviv Museum, the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin and Lviv Philharmonie.
Miss Majoni has made appearances at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Rising Stars and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove amongst others where she collaborated with artists such as Miriam Fried, Ralph Kirshbaum, Daishin Kashimoto, Wolfram Christ and Rainer Honeck to name a few.
This past season Shira served as a Guest Principal violist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and from May 2019 she will join the section of the Munich Philharmonic for the season 19/20.
Shira’s love for orchestral playing brought her to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall in NY, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Conservatory Hall in Moscow and the Seoul Arts Centre amongst others. In 2008 she joined the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, with which she toured in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. Under Daniel Barenboim, who co-founded the orchestra with Edward Said, they performed at the Proms in London, the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals and recorded the Beethoven Cycle for Decca.
Having lived in Israel for 12 years, Shira served in the Israel Defense Forces as a member of a string quartet, playing for soldiers in army bases and civilians in schools and shelters all over the country. As part of “Musicians Without Borders” she toured with the Winds of Change in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, premiering a work dedicated to her by Guillermo Lago “El Mar y El Amor”, for Viola, Trombone and Wind Ensemble.
Shira graduated from the Jerusalem Music Centre and holds a Bachelor in Music from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, where she studied with renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster, Chaim Taub. She is a recipient of excellence scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Barenboim Said Foundation and the New England Conservatory, where she graduated with a Masters degree as a student of Kim Kashkashian.
Miss Majoni recently graduated with an Artist Diploma degree from the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, with Yulia Deyneka (Principal Viola, Berlin State Opera).