The Moran Choirs
Naomi Faran – Conductor and musical director
Naomi founded the Moran Choir and has remained its conductor and music director ever since. She graduated from Levinsky College of Education and the Conductors course at Tel Aviv University’s Rubin Academy.
She then pursued advanced study of choir conducting at Denmark’s Copenhagen Conservatory and the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden.
Naomi is regularly invited to give master classes in conducting and workshops at symposia around the world, as well as being in demand as a judge in international competitions, a position she has fulfilled in Slovenia
, Denmark, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Italia, Spain, Argentina and more recently at the Europa Cantat Festival in the Netherlands.
In 1996 Naomi won the Outstanding Conductor award in an international choir competition. From 1992 to 2002 she was appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture to head a special project to promote and develop children’s and youth choirs in Israel. As part of this she held study workshops for teachers and conductors, taught choirs around the country and strengthened ties between composers and children’s and youth choirs. The year 2002 saw the foundation of the Israeli Center for Vocal Music, the home base of the Moran Choir, at Naomi’s initiative. The Center holds workshops for young singers, conductors, teachers and choirs. A special focus aims to bring the Center’s activities closer to underprivileged communities by conducting joint projects with children suffering from cancer, children at risk and special needs children and adolescents
It is Naomi Faran’s belief that singing is the most natural and profound human expression of all, bridging gaps between individuals, cultures and nations: “We should make sure that the culture of singing is implanted deep within all of us, to make us better, more sensitive people who can contribute more to our surroundings”
She adds that for her: “Conducting means creating a balance between awareness and a flow in real time. Singing is simply being yourself”.
Oleg Yakerevich – pianist
Born in 1977 in Minsk (USSR). Started his piano studies at the age of 5 in The Central Music School of Minsk with Ms. Irina Polishuk. In1990 he emigrated to Israel with his family. In Israel he continued his piano studies in Dunie-Weizman Conservatory in Haifa with Ms. Miriam Gorbonos and graduated from the music department at Wizo – Haifa.
Oleg served in the IDF as a distinguished musician. At the Academy of Music in Jerusalem he completed his B.Mus, studying with Pr. Michael Boguslavsky and Pr. Benjamin Oren and in 2005 he completed his M.Mus Cum Laude at The Buchman-Mehta School of Music of Tel Aviv University in class of Pr. Emanuel Krasovsky. Later he studied in Germany with the pianist Pr. Matti Raekallio.
Oleg took part in master classes with well – known artists as Murray Perahia, Stephen Bishop Kovachevich and others.
He performed as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber music player in Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, USA, Canada etc.
His concerts were broadcasted live by the Israeli Radio.
Oleg has been awarded a scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1996, and has won prizes in several piano competitions: 1-St Prize in piano Competitions of Jerusalem Academy (1999,2001), 1-St Prize in Chamber Music Competition of Jerusalem Academy (2001), 1-St Prize in Chamber Music Competition of Buchman-Mehta School of music (2004) and the 2-ND Prize in The Ariana Katz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv (2005).
Oleg has been the Moran Choir’s resident pinanist since 2010.
Arnon Zimra – Pianist with Moran Youth and Little Ones Choirs
Arnon completed an MA in Piano Studies with Distinction at Tel Aviv’s Rubin Academy under Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky and studied Composition with Sergio Natra.
He has performed with the Ramat Gan Chamber Orchestra, the Herzliya Orchestra and the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva and in recitals for piano and chamber ensembles. He has also played in contemporary music ensembles at international festivals in the United States, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Denmark, where he made a recording with the Skraep Experimental Music Forum. In Israel he recorded for a Voice of Music radio broadcast of a program in the weekly Etnachta chamber concert series.
In addition to piano recitals, Arnon currently performs on a regular basis with three ensembles: in recitals for cello and piano with Israel Philharmonic cellist Dana Waxman; in a trio for voice, clarinet and piano with soprano Rona Israel and clarinetist Sara Elbaz; and with the Sefirot duo, with Zvi Yaffe on vibraphone and percussion.
Since 2001 Arnon has been accompanist to the Moran Youth Choir. He teaches at the Tel Aviv Arts School.
Hadas Faran-Asia – Singer and voice trainer
Hadas is currently completing an MA at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as a student of Ms. Efrat Ben-Nun. Her BA was gained at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and she was awarded a grant from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation in 2007-08 and another from the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in 2009. She won a prize at a 2009 German Lieder competition held at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and in the summer of 2009 took part in the annual Israel International Opera Workshop in Jaffa. In July 2008 Hadas participated in a summer workshop in early music at Kug University of Music and Performing Arts at Graz in Austria.
In June 2005 she took part in the Europa Cantat Festival in Barcelona, Spain, as a voice and movement coach, and in October as a soloist with the Moran Singers Ensemble at the Bach Festival in Toronto, Canada, conducted by maestro Helmuth Rilling. She is a graduate of Moran Choir and the Moran Singers Ensemble and since 2008 has been a member of the Israeli Bach Soloists Ensemble. She has appeared in productions by the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and in subscription concerts.
Hadas regularly sings at Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival and on many of Israel’s most prominent stages with leading Israeli orchestras. She has attended master classes with top singers and teachers, including Hilde Zadek, Andreas Scholl, Charles Spencer, Matthew Halls, Philip Thorby and Mira Zakai.
She has been Moran Choir’s voice trainer since 2008.
Carmel Amit Antopolsky – Assistent Conductor
Carmel was a former singer with the Cantabile Choir under conductor Eva Pitlik at Petach Tikva Municipal Conservatory. As an adult she has sung with the Sirens women’s ensemble, conducted by Shosh Lagil, and with the Philharmonic Singers, conducted by Ronen Borshevsky.
She completed a BA with Distinction in Choir Conducting at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, taught by conductor Michael Shani. From the year 2000 to 2007 she served as Artistic Director to the Milestone jazz club, which is uniquely housed at Shuni Fortress in Binyamina. Today she conducts the children’s choir at Neve Sharett Conservatory in Tel Aviv and the Gordon School of the Arts in Herzliya. She is also in charge of music and conducting at the Musicals Summer Camps at the Music and Dance Center in Or Yehuda.
Since 2009 she has been Deputy Conductor of the Moran Choir.
Guy Pelc -
Conductor - 'Moran Singers Ensemble' and leading Singer of the 'Cecilia Ensemble'
Born in 1992. Graduate of the “Thelma Yellin” high school of the arts, and served in the IDF as an “outstanding musician”. Guy has studied voice and orchestral conducting with Marina Levit and Ido Ariel, and orchestral conducting with Ronen Borshevsky in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
As a conductor, Guy conducts the “Moran Singers Ensemble” since 2013. As a Baritone singer, he has performed with many orchestras and baroque ensembles including: Jerusalem Camerata, Rishon LeZion Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Netanya Kibbuz Orchestra, Jerusalem Baroque orchestra, Barrocade orchestra and more. He has performed numerous opera roles such as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Siene in Vivaldi’s Festival on the Siene, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles by Bizet, Otton in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, and Apollo in Orfeo by Monteverdi, which was recorded with Andrew Parrot and the Taverner Consort and Players under “Avie” label.
Guy is being supported by the America Israel foundation (2008-2013), IVAI, Ronen foundation and the Buchman Heyman Foundation