Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod
Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod began her musical education playing cello, piano and clarinet. After winning the 1st prize at the Hilde Zadek Competition in Vienna she was invited to join the Young Ensemble of Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria. Since then, Gan-ya has performed with leading opera companies such as the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre du Capitole, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Israeli Opera, Teatro Real, Theater Freiburg, Staatsoper Oldenburg, Glyndebourne Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Salzburg Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein and more. Gan-ya is a recipient of numerous awards in Austria, the US, Israel and Istanbul. Gan-ya is a sought-after interpreter of Contemporary music as well as film music. She holds a Master’s degree in opera from the City University of New York, a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Tel-Aviv University and is serving as a Professor for vocal contemporary music at Graz University.