Praised by the press as a “great musician who happens to be a harpist”, Sivan Magen is the only Israeli to have ever won the prestigious International Harp Contest in Israel. He is also recent winner of the Pro Musicis International Award in NY and the 2012 Award Winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust – the first harpist to have been awarded that honor.
Recent engagements include recital and concerto performances in the USA, Taiwan, Colombia, Israel and Europe, including the world premiere of Haim Permont’s “Aviv” concerto with the Israel Philharmonic, Serebrier’s “Colores Magicos” with the Northwestern Sinfonietta, debut recitals in NY (Merkin hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall), London (Wigmore Hall), Chicago, Boston and the opening concerts of the 10th World Harp Congress in Amsterdam (2008) and of the First International Harp Festival of the Netherlands (2010).
Aside from his growing activity as a soloist, Mr Magen is an avid chamber musician and has appeared in Paris (Salle Gaveau), NY (Allice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, Bargemusic), with Musicians from Marlboro, and at the Marlboro, Kuhmo , Giverny, and Jerusalem International Chamber Music festivals, collaborating with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Gary Hoffman, Michel Letiec, Charles Neidich, Carol Wincenc, Emmanuel Pahud, and members of the Guarneri Quartet. The 2011-12 season marks the debut of his new trio with flutist Marina Piccinini and violist Kim Kashkashian.
Since January 2007 Mr Magen is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project, a group which performs in both outreach venues and major concert halls in Israel and the US, including Enav Center in Tel Aviv, the Embassy Series in Washington D.C. and Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Symphony Space, the Morgan Library and Bargemusic in New York City. The ICP is the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award
He has recorded for the Koch, Avie and Azica labels, Israeli Radio and Television, New York’s WQXR, APM’s Performance Today and the French television channel Mezzo. His performance of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro is featured on Marlboro’s 60th Anniversary CD. He has recently collaborated with tenor Nicholas Phan for the recording of all of Britten’s music for tenor and harp, and is scheduled to appear next season in a series of recitals with soprano Susanna Phillips.
Mr Magen is also gaining a reputation as a sought-after teacher, presenting masterclasses in the US (The Juilliard School, The Peabody Institute, Duquesne University, University of Texas), Colombia, Taiwan and Israel, the Utrecht Conservatory, London’s Guildhall School and Trinity College, the Kuhmo Festival Academy in Finland, and the Jerusalem Music Academy’s International “Music in the Valley” seminar for strings. In addition, he has been invited to serve as member of the jury of the first Netherlands International Harp Competition, the Lyon & Healy Awards and the 2011 Vera Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow and served as Head of the Jury of the 2007 National Harp Contest in Taiwan.
Born in Jerusalem, Sivan Magen studied the piano with Benjamin Oren and Talma Cohen and the harp with Irena Kaganovsky-Kessler at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance. After completing his military service as an “Outstanding Musician” in 2001, he continued his studies with Germaine Lorenzini in France and then joined Isabelle Moretti’s harp class at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) from which he graduated with a “Premier Prix”. He has then completed a Master of Music degree as a student of Nancy Allen at the Juilliard School. He currently resided in New York City.
Sivan was a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships from 1995 to 2008.