Personal concerts played live and accompanied by a recorded cello ensemble by Hila Karni given at hospitals, hospices, and at elderly people's homes 

"Hila Karni, the most delicate cellistic expression nowadays, with sensitive playing, echoed with a sound full of beauty, filled with music and musicality, and her solo parts were fascinating".

..."The depth of Hila Karni's cello sound, emerged

as a beautiful light beam, in a broad romantic phrase, and the small hall was silenced".

Haaretz, Galeria Magazin



Hila Karni performs pieces by classical and non-classical composers in a unique setting. 

The main cello voice is played live by Hila and accompanied by a playback cello ensemble arranged, played, and recorded by her.

The personal concerts are offered at hospitals, hospices, and at elderly people's homes as well as at private house concerts and events. 

Hila worked on her project, arranging and recording music at her home studio in Berlin supported by the beautiful initiative of Framed Process Berlin







Promo Clip

Camera and editing by Matthias Aberle

played live and accompanied by a recorded 

cello ensemble by Hila Karni


Max Richter

On a nature of daylight


Ennio Morriconne 
The mission 
J.S. Bach

Aria from organ pastorale in F




Hila Karni was born in Tel Aviv. She took up the cello at the age of 9 and four years later started touring Europe, Canada and the United States. Her teachers were Zvi Harel, Uzi Wiesel, David Geringas and the legendary Bernard Greenhouse, who has described Hila as “one of the most musically sensitive and technically exciting cellists of the younger generation.”

Her chamber music training was with Haim Taub, Ilan Gronich and the Alban Berg Quartet. Together with violinist Daniel Bard and pianist Ohad Ben-Ari, she founded the successful Trio Mondrian in 2006. The trio won 1st Prize, the “Young Award” and a special prize for its interpretation of a Brahms trio at the International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste in 2007. At the Bologna Festival in 2008, it received the Audience Prize. In 2009, it was awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship (London). The Italian composer Marcello Abbado dedicated a piece titled “Trio Mondrian” to the ensemble. As a guest at numerous festivals, among them Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Stresa, Kfar Blum and Ravinia and through appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York, she has gained international acclaim. Among her many musical partners are Boris Pergamentschikow, Guy Braunstein, Ralf Gothoni, Bernard Greenhouse, Maxim Vengerov, Nigel Kennedy and the Scharoun Ensemble. She also regularly collaborates with Israeli singer Achinoam Nini, known internationally as “Noa.” Hila’s recordings of the “Romantic Serenades” and the Cello Concerto op. 33 by Robert Volkmann with the Hamburg Camerata, whose principal cellist she is, and of Max Richter’s “War Anthem” with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg received enthusiastic reviews. Albanian composer Dhora Leka wrote the solo piece “Improvisus” for her. From 2013 to 2015, Hila taught chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.

At the urging of her then ten-year-old daughter, Lir Vaginsky, who expressed the wish to make music with her mother, she established the successful chamber music series Prelude Concerts in Berlin in 2015. As a result, not only her daughters, Lir (violin) and Dorel (flute), but also many other young talents are given the opportunity to appear with professional musicians.



Soulful music gives us space to

think about our deepest thoughts,

fill ourselves with happiness,

connect to ourselves, 

and to people we love...

© Guido Werner


“Hila Karni is one of the most musically sensitive and technically exciting cellists of the younger generation”


Bernard Greenhouse

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