“Creative, enthusiastic and exciting.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Ensemble Arava consists of four musicians, on three instruments, of two nationalities, who wish to share their love for Baroque music with the rest of the world. Plenty of music has been written for soprano, violin and continuo, but it is not heard often enough. It is our aim to bring this music to life.

We recently released our debut CD The Habsburg Garden of Eden, a wonderful selection of sonatas and cantatas from the Habsburg empire.

In June 2023 we will premiere Egalité, a theatrical performance with actress Alexandra-Marisa Wilcke, in which we critically examine female stereotypes in opera and cantata in a very personal way.

2024 will see the world premiere of Alphabet Cantata, a piece written specifically for us by composer Udi Perlman.

All of us enjoy alternating between being chamber music partners and a soloist, and this is reflected in our diverse programs.

In Frankfurt, Germany, we were awarded with the first prize as well as the audience prize at the First International Competition for Concert Explanation and Presentation 2017. Our ensemble was praised both for its high-quality artistic level and its creative presentation.

We were awarded a special prize at the H.I.F. Biber – Fiori Musicali Competition in Austria in 2017. In 2018, we performed in the Resonanzen Festival in the Konzerthaus Vienna and in 2019 at the Innsbrucker Tage für Alte Musik.

In 2015, we were musical ambassadors for the UNESCO City of Music, Hanover, Germany in the festival Día de la Música in Seville, Spain.

The members of our ensemble have been awarded numerous prizes (XXI. Bach Competition for harpsichord, Leipzig, Pietro Antonio Cesti Competition, Innsbruck) and perform in renowned venues worldwide.

Arava is Hebrew for Willow as well as Wilderness, thus joining two contrasting images: The delicate willow being a symbol for the annual rejuvenation of spring and wilderness standing for the untamed and unpredictable element of nature.

Nora Matthies

Baroque or contemporary music? Jazz or folk? Nora enjoys diving deep into different musical styles and eras. For her, playing with Arava is like coming home.

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Sophie Wedell

is most happy with a violin on her back and a suitcase in hand, traveling for the music she is passionate about. Meeting the members of Arava was love at first sight.

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Einat Aronstein

Performs regularly in Europe and Israel. She is a soloist at the Trier Theater and Opera House in Germany. Making exclusive chamber music with Arava gives her great pleasure.

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Avinoam Shalev

performs chamber and vocal music as well as solo recitals in Europe and Israel. His home base is in Berlin, but he’s often on the train to Hannover to meet with Arava.

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