Uri Smilansky was born and brought up in Israel, where his experiences giving recorder recitals to the Israeli army were an effective and enduring cure for pre-concert nerves.
He studied recorder with Gershon Prensky and Drora Bruck among others, violin with Gershon Prensky, viola with Lilach Lebanon, and viola da gamba with Myrna Herzog.
Having moved to Basel, Switzerland in 2001, he studied vielle with Randall Cook and recorders with Conrad Steinmann and Corina Marti in the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, from where he graduated with honours in 2005. Uri now lives in England and has a research fellowship at Exeter University where he recently completed his Ph.D. under Yolanda Plumley and Giuliano di Bacco.
He performs internationally and has taken part in recordings and radio broadcasts with various medieval and baroque ensembles including La Morra, The Earle his Viols, Leones, Mediva, the Phoenix Ensemble and Dulce Melos. With soprano Katharine Hawnt, he co-directs the ensemble Le Basile, and as the trio A Garden of Eloquence with lutenist Ziv Braha they recently recorded a collection of John Danyel’s songs.
here on viol: