Rivka Golani is generally considered to be among the leading violists in modern times. Israeli by birth she now resides in London. She teaches and holds professorship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Rivka has performed with many of the major orchestras around the world, including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and Israeli Philharmonic orchestras. She has also performed as a soloist at the Proms concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall three times, including at the infamous last night of the Proms.
What do the critics think of Rivka Golani? James North of Fanfare Magazine, in a glowing appraisal of her work, wrote that she is “... carving out a place of her own that no other performer on the instrument can reach.” The Financial Times of London clearly agrees: “Rivka Golani (is)... a supreme viola virtuoso - white-hot in delivery, kaleidoscopic in tone colours, electrifying in rhythmic attack.” For an even more effusive testimony, we might try the Boston Herald: “... riveting, intensely physical stage presence... hurtling momentum, constant risk-taking, complete technical assurance... one can only be grateful that she dedicated herself to art rather than warfare, for she would be an awesome adversary.”