“To me, making music with Izhar is like coming home. Rarely have I felt such a strong musical connection. In our rehearsals, we barely need to say anything as we are automatically inspired by each other’s ideas and impulses in the moment.
On stage, this translates to a feeling of great freedom and spontaneity.”
Channa’s collaboration with prize-winning guitarist Izhar Elias has been described by the international press as “glorious”. Their debut album Songs of Love and Exile (Brilliant Classics, 2019) was inspired by their shared Jewish heritage and family histories. It was awarded 4 stars by De Volkskrant, and was featured on the well-known classical music website Slipped Disc.
They performed the accompanying programme in some of the main concert venues in the Netherlands, such as the Dutch National Opera, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden and Noorderkerk Amsterdam. They appear regularly on Dutch national radio and tv, most recently on Podium Witteman, the Netherlands’ main tv programme for classical music, jazz and world music. For the 2020/21 season, performances are planned at Hofjesfestival Leiden and CityProms Leeuwarden, among others.