Currently we represent the following artists:

Viola Soloist and Painter
Rivka Golani is now widely recognized as one of the greatest violists of all time. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration not only to other players but also to composers who have been motivated by her mastery to write specially for the instrument. More than 200 pieces have so far been written for Ms Golani including 55 concertos, a record matched by no other violist in history.
Allied to technical ability, Ms Golani's approach to the instrument is at once passionate and sensitive; and her performances, both on record and in the concert hall, reveal an originality of interpretation and musicianship of the highest quality.

Familiar to music-lovers throughout the world, Rivka Golani has performed as a soloist with the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebow, Royal Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and many others.

Rivka Golani is also a painter of distinction, and has worked closely with composers as a performing and visual artist in presenting multi-media performances of works for the viola. Exhibitions of her work have been held in Bad Kissingen, Berlin, London, Exeter, Ottawa, Toronto and throughout Israel.

Selected Discography



Viola and Orchestra

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor (ed. Tertis) for viola (World Première Recording)
Arnold Bax: Phantasy for viola and orchestra (World Première Recording)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; conductor Vernon Handley

B. Martinu: Rhapsody Concerto for viola and orchestra
Berne Symphony Orchestra; conductor Peter Maag

Bela Bartok: Concerto for viola and orchestra
T. Serly: Concerto for viola and orchestra
T. Serly: Rhapsody for viola and orchestra
Budapest Symphony Orchestra; conductor Andras Ligeti

Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for viola and chamber orchestra op.108
London Musici; conductor Mark Stephenson

E. Rubbra: Concerto for viola
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; conductor Vernon Handley

Viola and Piano
J. Brahms: Viola Sonata in F minor Op.120 No.1
J. Brahms: Viola Sonata in E minor op.120 No.2
J. Joachim: Variations on an Original Theme op.10
Konstantine Bogino - piano



Viola and Orchestra
CHAN 8817
B. Britten: Lachrymae op. 48a
I Musici de Montreal; conductor Yuli Turovsky

Chamber Music
CHAN 8809/10
J. Brahms: Piano Quartets op.25 in G minor, Op.26 in A, Op.60 in C minor
The Borodin Trio and Rivka Golani

CHAN 8924
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes Op.34
The Borodin Trio, Rivka Golani and James Campbell



Viola and Orchestra
Contemporary Composers from Japan
Joji Yuasa: "Eye on Genesis"
Revealed Time for Viola and Orchestra
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Hiroyuki Iwaki



Viola and Harp
ERAD 131
Music for Viola and Harp
J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 2, BWV 1028
A. Bax: Fantasy Sonata for harp and viola
O. Morawetz: Sonata for harp and viola
Judy Loman - harp



Viola and Orchestra
"Chaconne" - Music for Viola and Orchestra
M. Colgrass: Chaconne
E. Bloch: Suite Hébraique
P. Hindemith: Trauermusik
B. Britten: Lachrymae
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; conductor Andrew Davis

Viola Recital
RCI 634
J. Joachim: Variations Op. 10 for viola and piano
J.S. Bach-Kodaly: Fantasia Cromatica (solo viola)
A. Southam: Retuning (viola and tape)
J. Montgomery: Fields (solo viola)
Patricia Parr - piano
RCI 647
J. Papineau Couture: Prouesse (viola solo)

MVCD 1141-3
J.S Bach: Cello Suites, Chaconne arr. for Viola - R. Golani                         Chromatic Fantasy arr. Kodaly.


Unaccompanied Viola
"Viola Nouveau"
B. Cherney: Seven Miniatures
M. Barnes: Lamentations of Jeremiah
A. Prévost: Improvisation III
D. Jaeger: Favour
O. Joachim: Requiem

Viola Recital
D. Jaeger: Fool's Paradise (viola and 2 percussionists)
S. Tittle: Messages IV (viola and marimba)
M. Mozetich: Baroque Diversion (viola solo)
J. Papineau Couture: Prouesse (viola solo)
A. Southam: Retuning (viola and tape)



Viola and Piano
The Viola Vol. I (Encores)
William Aide - piano

The Viola vols. II and III (2-record set)
R. Schumann: Märchenbilder Op.113
J. Joachim: Hebrew Melodies Op. 9
J. Brahms: Sonata in F minor Op.120 No.1
F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D.821
D. Shostakovich: Sonata Op.147
Samuel Sanders - piano

Jubal 5007
A Tribute to Leon Zuckert
L. Zuckert: Shepherd's Sadness - Lento Triste
Patricia Parr - piano



Music by Brian Cherney
Shekhima (solo viola)
In Stillness Ascending (viola and piano)
Louis-Philippe Pelletier - piano


List of Concertos

Viola solo

Adaskin, Murray (Canada) Viola Concerto No. 1
Adaskin, Murray (Canada) Viola Concerto No. 2
Barnes M. (Canada) ConcertoBone (U.K.)
ConcertoBraun Yehezkel (Israel) Nocturno
Brégent M. (Canada) Concerto
Cherney B. (Canada) Concerto for viola and 10 instruments
Colgrass M. (U.S.) Chaconne for viola and orchestra
Dimov I. (Israel/Russia) Concerto
Fontajn J. (Belgium) Concerto
Gary P. (Hungary/Canada) Concerto
Glick S. (Canada) Concerto for viola & strings
Holloway R. (U.K.) Concerto
Holmboe V. (Denmark) Concerto Op. 189
Hummel F. (Germany) Concerto "Hatikva"
Hush D. (Australia) Concerto
Koprowski P.P. (Canada) Concerto (1995)
Kulesha G. (Canada) Concerto
Pepa M. (Yugoslavia) Invocation for viola & small orchestra
Surdin M. (Canada) Concerto
Turner R. (Canada) Concerto
Turner R. Concerto (Group of Seven)
Van der Vain N. (Austria) Concerto
Wilson J. (Ireland) Concerto "Menora"
Yuasa J. (Japan) Concerto, 1986
Zehavi O. (Israel) Concerto (1994)

Double Concerto

Spirea A. (Israel) Concerto for electric violin & viola


Career Highlights

Since 1991
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

1961-1968 and 1985-1990
Founder and Chief Conductor:
Ulyanovsk Philharmonic Orchestra

Chief Conductor:
St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra

Since 1974
Founder and Chief Conductor:
Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra

Since 1987
Chief Conductor:
Odense Symphony Orchestra

Edward Serov is one of the leading Russian orchestral conductors of the modern era. As a student, he studied with the great Evgeny Mravinsky whose work with the Leningrad Philharmonic made it universally recognized as the finest orchestra of its day. Though Mravinsky trained many Russian conductors, it was Serov whom he chose to be assistant conductor in Leningrad in the 1960s, an accolade to which every young conductor in the Soviet Union aspired.

Winner of the first Herbert von Karajan conducting competition, founder of two major symphony orchestras in Russia, chief conductor of the famous St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra as well as the Volgograd Philharmonic and the Odense Symphony in Denmark, this is a musician of enormous achievement.

Nevertheless, like many of the finest Russian artists, Serov came under the harsh scrutiny of the Soviet authorities. He was allowed to continue working but was banned from traveling abroad. For ten years he was not even permitted to correspond with foreign performers and composers. As far as the West was concerned, he disappeared from view.

With the collapse of the Soviet regime, Edward Serov is now free to travel. Western audiences can thus experience the work of this remarkable musician who is now at the peak of his maturity as an artist.



A performance alive with poignancy, moments of suspense and thrilling peaks....Serov received "bravos" from the audience and applause from the orchestra.

Ragusa Sera - Italy

...a musician who can make any piece significant. A thoroughly professional musical style that produced a faultless overall performance.

Badische neueste Nachrichten - Germany

Some artists manage to introduce something special in their performances. Edward Serov is one of these. Even on the illustrious stage of the Baden-Baden Festival, his work shone with a special brilliance and subtlety.

Tagesblatt - Germany

Serov's conducting is elegant, convincing and highly expressive. The Mozart was superb.

Informaciones - Spain

The music sparkled with all the colours of the rainbow...and the orchestra followed his movements with obvious delight.

Kurier - Austria

Serov's tall, slender figure and elegant manner remind one of Evgeny Mravinsky. Every gesture is appropriate, precise and extremely expressive.

Rude Pravo - Czech Republic


Born in Istanbul, Cem Mansur studied music in London, graduating from The City University (1980) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1981). He was awarded the Ricordi Conducting Prize and later studied with Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.

Between 1981 and 1989, Cem was conductor of the Istanbul State Opera where he conducted a large repertoire in addition to his concert work. In 1985, he made a highly successful London debut with the English Chamber Orchestra, and in 1986, London enjoyed his conducting of the first performance of Elgar's unfinished opera "The Spanish Lady".

He has since worked with orchestras and opera companies in Holland, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Slovakia, Rumania, and Russia. During his most recent visit to St Petersburg his performances included the Kirov Opera's first production of "Madame Butterfly" with Galina Gorchakova in the title role.

Cem was previously Principal Conductor of the City of Oxford Orchestra which he has led on many successful European tours. He is currently the Music Director of the Akbank Chamber Orchestra. His ability to communicate his deep musicality through his conducting is enhanced by a prodigious memory, and a profound knowledge and understanding of both traditional and contemporary repertoire.


Novelist and Playwright
Jeremy Fox was educated at Oxford and London Universities and Cranfield School of Management and holds degrees in languages, economic history and business. He has been variously a management consultant, a periodical and book publisher, the artistic director of a theatre company, and a creative writer. As a consultant, he has conducted assignments in many diverse fields including pulp and paper, printing, foods, transportation, energy, textiles, construction, film, non-profit organizations, printing, publishing, theatrical and literary arts, overseas development and banking. He has very wide geographical experience covering all of North and South America, East and West Africa, Western Europe, and the Indian sub-continent. As a writer, his plays have been performed in both English and Spanish, and his first novel, The Chocolate Man, was published by Canada's Cormorant Press in Fall 1995. In addition to English, Jeremy speaks fluent, French, Spanish and Portuguese.


The Chocolate Man

Chapter One

(Opening Extract)
"I wouldn't be writing this if Peter Callaghan hadn't died in front of me in the street. One moment he was strolling towards me in his slow, self-confident gait, the ambulatory equivalent of a southern drawl; and the next moment he was stretched out at my feet, his body twitching and twisting as if wracked by an invisible torment. He made no sound, so far as I could hear, but I saw his mouth open in a silent scream, and his eyes screw themselves into narrow slits. Then people began crowding round, the police arrived, followed by an ambulance, and he was carted off, first to hospital, and thence, as it transpired, to the morgue.

Although I knew him well by sight, he had never told me anything about himself beyond his first name: Peter. So it was not until the next day, while listening to the morning news, that I learned something about him. He turned out to be a back bench politician from a rural area, adored by his constituents, but thoroughly disliked elsewhere on account of his extreme views, and his refusal to toe the party line. According to the radio commentary, he had been suspected of communist leanings because of his support for universal state subsidies, and of being a fascist because he had spoken in favour of Northern Ireland, Quebec separatism and the break-up of the European Community. Apparently, he was wealthy, which to his detractors made him corrupt; and rabidly anti-feminist, which made him politically incorrect. In short, he was an embarrassment, a nuisance. In the world at large, he had lots of enemies; and although the post-mortem had not yet been conducted, the nature and suddenness of his death led police to suspect etc., etc.

Whatever the truth about Peter Callaghan's view of things, he was unfailingly pleasant to me. He seemed to understand that I, too, am a nuisance to my fellows; and he always stopped to buy a box of chocolates from me whenever he caught sight of me hawking my wares in the street. He would take a box from the open bag at my feet, thrust a five-dollar bill into the purse round my waist, and then chat for a minute or two about the weather, or the price of food, or some other inconsequential matter. The chocolates were three dollars a box, but he insisted on paying five dollars. He was like that; at least with me. Now that I think back upon it, I see his generosity towards me as an act of solidarity from someone who was an irritant by profession to one who was an irritant because God had willed him thus........."

Copyright: Jeremy Fox 1995

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