Widely acknowledged for bringing a unique voice to his instrument, Sivan Magen
transforms the harp into an expressive, colorful, and virtuosic instrument, moving it to
center stage through the exploration of the standard repertoire, the commissioning of
today's composers, and his new adaptations to the harp of some of the greatest music of the
last three centuries.
The only Israeli to have won The International Harp Contest in Israel, Mr. Magen has also
won the Pro Musicis International Award and a 2012 award from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
He has appeared as a soloist across the US and in South America, Europe, and Israel, in
venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has
also performed with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber
Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Vienna Chamber
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Magen has performed at the Marlboro, Kuhmo, Giverny, and
Jerusalem International Chamber Music festivals, as well as with Musicians from Marlboro,
Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Gary Hoffman, Emmanuel Pahud, Susanna Phillips, and members
of the Guarneri and Juilliard quartets. He is a founding member of the award-winning
Israeli Chamber Project and of the trio Tre Voci with flutist Marina Piccinini and violist
In 2013, Mr. Magen released the solo album Fantasien on Linn Records, and in
2014, he will release a second CD for that label as well as a recording with Tre Voci for
ECM. In previous seasons, he has released a recording with the Israeli Chamber Project for
Azica as well as an all-Britten CD with tenor Nicholas Phan for Avie, which was listed in
The New York Times as one of the best recordings of 2012.
Born in Jerusalem, Mr. Magen studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He
continued his studies with Germaine Lorenzini in France and then joined Isabelle Moretti's
harp class at the Paris Conservatoire, from which he graduated with a Premier prix du
Conservatoire. He has also completed a master's degree as a student of Nancy Allen at The
Juilliard School. He currently resides in New York City.