Dana Barak, born in Israel in 1987, received a Bachelor of Music from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University (where she studied with Dudu Carmel, Richard Lesser, Sarah Elbaz and Ron Selka) and went on to complete a Master’s Degree with Wolfgang Meyer at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe. At the Freiburg Academy of Music she completed a “Certificate of Advanced Studies” with Jörg Widmann. Since 2012 she has been enrolled in a Master’s Programme specialising in “Music Performance and Contemporary Music” at the Basel Music Academy, where she studies with Markus Weiss, Michael Svoboda and Jürg Henneberger.
Dana Barak is the winner of numerous prizes and was a fellow of the “America-Israel Foundation” for clarinet and chamber music from 2003 to 2009. She has performed as a soloist with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Israeli Stage Orchestra and the Buchmann-Mehta Symphony Orchestra, among others. In the New Music field, Dana Barak has appeared with the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, at the festival Klangspuren Schwaz and at the Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.
Dana Barak attended numerous master classes – with Ernesto Molinari, Eduard Brunner and Nina Janßen – as well as master courses with artists such as Sabine Meyer, Antony Pay, Guy Deplus, Philippe Couper, Sharon Kam, Reiner Wehle, Hakan Rosengern and Eli Eban. She also attended courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, studying with Antony Pay and Alessandro Carbonare.
As a chamber musician, Dana Barak has performed with the Villa Musica programme in Rhineland-Palatinate, at the Ebneter KulturSommer, at the chamber music festival of the Freiburg Music Academy, at the Festival of Young Artists in Bayreuth, at the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz/Tyrol, and at the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee and the Maestro Festival in Ein Hod, both in Israel. She has also appeared at the Santa Fiora in Musica festival in Italy, at the TonArt Festival for Contemporary Music in Fluchten, at the Stockstädter Musiktage and at the Idyllwind Festival in California.
She has performed with various orchestras as a solo clarinettist, performing on bass and Eb-flat clarinet as well. She has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Gustavo Dudamel, Jonathan Nott, Mario Venzago and Mendi Rodan, at venues like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
Dana Barak also has a particular passion for historical performance practice. She currently studies with Pierre-André Taillard at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
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