Gerald Karni


Gerald Karni enjoys a diverse career in music, regularly traveling around the world with leading instrumentalists and conductors. Born in Israel, he began violin at a young age before switching to the viola, which he plays as member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, led by Daniel Barenboim. As a conductor, he has worked with orchestras in the United States, Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary and Switzerland under the guidance of teachers such as Jorma Panula, Benjamin Zander and Marc Kissozcky. Gerald is mentored by both Daniel Barenboim and Jorma Panula. In 2021, he was awarded a Silver Medal as well as a Special Mention at the Third International Antal Doráti Conducting Competition in Budapest.