Verbier Festival
Liav Kerbel

Liav Kerbel was born in 1995 in Brussels, Belgium. He started his cello studies at the age of seven with Prof. Claudine Steenackers. At of the age of nine, he participated on a regular basis in master classes with Prof. Vladimir Perlin. Liav has recently been studying under the guidance of Prof. Philippe Muller since 2014, which led him to pursue his Bachelors degree at Manhattan School of Music, where he is now a distinguished recipient of the International Advisory Board Scholarship.

Since the age of 11, Liav participated yearly in the “Musica Mundi” International Chamber Music Course and Festival and as of 2016, he is a Young Faculty member. Liav has taken master classes given by distinguished artists, such as Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Heinrich Schiff, Steven Isserlis , Julian Rachlin, Renaud Capucon, Menahem Pressler and Talich String Quartet, to name a few.

Liav Kerbel is a “Grand Prix” winner of the “Music of Hope” International cello competition in Gomel-Belorussia and a 1st prize winner of the “6th International Competition for “Young Virtuosos” in Sofia, Bulgaria and of the Manhattan School of Music Eisenberg Fried Concerto Competition. Liav Kerbel made his debut as a soloist at the age of 15 with the Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra and since then he performed with symphonic and chamber orchestras in Belorussia, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium.

In June 2016 Liav made his Center of Fine Arts of Brussels debut performing the Johannes Brahms Double Concerto together with violinist Maxim Vengerov and the Belgian National Orchestra. He was then selected to be part of the “Maxim Vengerov Foundation” which helps promote outstanding young musicians. Liav plays on a Giovanni Battista Ceruti cello, made in Cremona in 1798, generously granted on an extended loan from the Bank DELEN in Belgium, and from a private donor.