The support the BBT offers is incomparable to any other foundation I know, as it doesn’t only present its winners with a sum of money, but it also offers us the benefit of the invaluable experience of its staff, a connection to some of the most illustrious members of the music world and a place in a close-knit family of artist-colleagues and friends. I feel most lucky to have deserved this Trust, and am looking forward to our journey together.Sivan Magen"
Praised by the press as "a magician" (New York’s WQXR), whose "virtuoso playing conjures an astonishing range of colour and dynamic" (The Daily Telegraph) Sivan Magen is the only Israeli to have ever won the International Harp Contest in Israel. He is also a winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, and in 2012 was chosen by a committee headed by Dame Mitsuko Uchida as the winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He has appeared as a soloist across the US, South America, Europe and Israel, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Vienna Konzerthaus, and with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In autumn 2014 he was invited to return to Carnegie Hall for a recital marking the American release of his new solo CD, Fantasien, and autumn 2015 marks the release of his new album, French Reflections, both for Linn Records.
An avid chamber musician, Magen has performed at the Marlboro, Kuhmo, Giverny, and Jerusalem International Chamber Music festivals, with Musicians from Marlboro, and collaborated with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Gary Hoffman, Emmanuel Pahud, Susanna Phillips, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. He is a founding member of Israeli Chamber Project and of Trio Tre Voci (with flautist Marina Piccinini and violist Kim Kashkashian). His recordings with the ICP (for Azica) and with Tre Voci (ECM) garnered great critical acclaim, as did his recording with tenor Nicholas Phan (Avie), which was listed in the New York Times "Best of 2012". His performance of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro is featured on Marlboro's 60th Anniversary CD.
A graduate of the Paris Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Sivan now resides in New York City and teaches at Brooklyn College. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses around the world and has served as a jury member for several international harp competitions.
Photographs by Musician Designs
Fantasien, CD on Linn Records
"Magen begins with his own arrangement of CPE Bach's Fantasie in E flat, Wq58/6. Listening blind you would swear that it was simply a work from the standard harp repertoire that had previously escaped your notice; likewise Magen's arrangements of four Intermezzos by Brahms, who, in common with most major composers, wrote nothing for solo harp. These make up for the omission. I urge you to hear Magen playing Op 117 Nos 1 and 2- and Mozart's Fantasie in D minor, K397, a work surely indebted to CPE Bach. Harpophiles and bravurafanciers in general will not fail to fall for the Fantasie on Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin by the Russian harp virtuoso Ekaterina Walter-Kiihne (1870-1930). Magen seems destined to be the Zabaleta de nos jours, with a paintbox of colours allied to fabulous dexterity and nuanced phrasing. The recording (Philip Hobbs in The Menuhin Hall) has real presence and depth."
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone, August 2014
"Magen uses every means at his disposal to create a compelling emotional narrative that draws the ear irresistibly on... Magen takes us into a rarefied dreamworld of musical colours and dynamic shadings that creates the strange impression of the notes floating free of musical gravity."
Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine April 2014
"Without doubt Sivan Magen's fine musicianship and scintillating performances on this disc will further enhance this artist's burgeoning reputation"
Graham Williams, SA-CD.net March 2014
"Sivan Magen is a dazzlingly virtuosic musician and in this recital disc has set out to show the flexibility of his instrument..."
Sinfini February 2014
Fauré: Une châtelaine en sa tour
Debussy/Magen: Jardins sous la pluie
Bruno Mantovani: Tocar
Sivan Magen’s second BBT supported disc for Linn Records concentrates on French works from two fin de siècle periods: the turning of the 19th to 20th century and that of the 20th to 21st century. Composers from the former include Caplet, Debussy, Fauré and Turnier, while more recent compositions are by Philippe Schoeller and Bruno Mantovani.
Sivan Magen harp
Linn Records | CD 473 | www.linnrecords.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
C.P.E. Bach: Fantasie in E-flat major
Brahms: Fantasien, Op.116 No.4 Intermezzo in E major
Renié: Ballade fantastique d’après Le Coeur révélateur d’Edgar Poe
In February 2014 Linn releases the first of two solo harp recital CDs recorded by Sivan Magen. Entitled Fantasien, it features a variety of works by JS Bach, CPE Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Walter-Kuhne and Henriette Renié.
Sivan Magen harp
Linn Records CKD 441 | www.linnrecords.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
L’AMOURSivan Magen artist profile
Virtuoso harpist Sivan Magen is a man in love: seduced by the sound of the harp at an early age, he was wedded to the idea of playing it before he even knew what it was. Physical and emotional pleasures are found in the intimacy of touching the strings and embracing an instrument too often under-appreciated or misunderstood. In both his talk and his playing, Magen declares an unerring belief in the harp’s flexibility, powerful expression and dynamic range across a wide repertoire. BBT filmed with Sivan Magen on tour with Scottish Chamber Orchestra in January 2014 and in the recording studio for Linn Records.
BACH CHROMATISCHE FANTASIESivan Magen in the studio for Linn Records
A complete take of JS Bach Chromatische Fantasie filmed in the studio in May 2013.