Iris Jortner, cellist, is a native of Israel. She has performed in important venues in Israel, Europe, China, Australia, and the United States. Iris has collaborated in chamber music performances with Yefim Bronfman, Michael Tree, Itamar Golan, Levon Chilingrian, the Orion Quartet, the Avalon Quartet, and the Apple Hill Chamber Players. She was a member of the Aviv Quartet from 1997-2002. With the Quartet she won the first prize at the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition and top prizes in competitions in Holland and Prague. She has recorded for Naxos and Live Classics, and taught at the University of Virginia, and Queens College in NYC. Iris performed in numerous festivals including Verbier, Banff, Tanglewood, Taos, Prussia Cove, Dubrovnick, Kfar Blum, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, “Encounters”, Rolandseck, and Schlern. She has performed in important venues such as Carnegie Hall, Vienna Concert House, Koln Philharmonic Hall, and Wigmore Hall. Iris has performed as a soloist with the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra and the Brabans Chamber Orchestra in NY and is co-founder and artistic director of R&R Concerts on Roosevelt Island, NY. Her teachers include Uri Vardi, Aldo Parisot, Bernard Greenehouse, Paul Katz, Timothy Eddy, Marcy Rosen, and members of the Alban Berg Quartet. She has been principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and is currently a freelance musician, among others the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 21 st Century Ensemble, and Appasionata Trio.