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EMMANUEL WITZTHUM PORTFOLIO | BIO & ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Emmanuel serves as Head of Creative Development at the Jerusalem Season of Culture. His artistic practice is diverse and includes work as violist and composer, cultural entrepreneur and artistic director. 

He has created collaborations with partners such as Google; Future en Seine Festival, Paris; The Matadero, Madrid; The Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow, The Jewish Museum, Berlin; The Magnes Museum, Berkeley, The Jerusalem Season of Culture, The ZKM, Karlsruhe among others.


Emmanuel has over 10 years of experience as artistic director of cultural centers, projects and festivals, creative placemaking projects and the initiation and management of interactive web experiences.


He has initiated the creation of immersive artistic web platforms such as mixthecity.com that reimagine the relationship between music, cities and communities, while also directing community led artistic projects that connect people from different cultural and social backgrounds such as “Shalem - Symphony of Broken Harmonies” in Jerusalem in which he led the creation of an orchestra of over 100 musicians who all played on broken or abandoned musical instruments. 


He has also served as artistic consultant to The Israel Festival Jerusalem, The Tel Aviv Municipality and The Tmuna Theater, Tel Aviv. He served as Head of Arts and Global Digital Project Manager at the British Council leading the creation of over 20 interactive artistic platforms in India, Africa, Europe and Afghanistan between 2013-2019. 

His music has been released in the UK, France and Belgium and performed live in Europe and the USA.


As violist, he has performed with The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, NYC; Ensemble Intercontemporain (with whom he recorded for Deutsche Grammophon) under Pierre Boulez, The Berlin Staatsoper, The Israel Philharmonic and others. 


Emmanuel lectures at the Tel Aviv University Lahav Arts Management program on audience development in the digital age and on utilizing social network platform frameworks to generate business models in the arts. In 2012 He was a visiting artist at UC Berkeley, California with guest lectures at Stanford and UCLA. 


Emmanuel holds a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied viola with Michael Tree and composition with Dr. Nils Vigeland, and a masters degree from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem in Culture Studies. He was a guest composer at the DAAD. Kuenstler program in Berlin.