Michael Shani founded the Tel-Aviv Chamber Choir in 1987. Since then, he has led the choir as its Musical Director, conducting its many a-cappella and choral-orchestral performances in Israel and abroad.
Michael Shani is a well-known figure on Israel’s concert stages. He began his musical career as a cellist with the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, and later conducted the Kibbutz Symphony Orchestra. After completing his studies at the Tel Aviv Music Teachers College, the Ruben Academy of Music in Jerusalem and Brigham Young University in Utah, USA, he assumed the musical directorship of the Tel Aviv Philharmonic Choir, the New Israeli Opera Choir, the Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival and the Zimriya International Choral Festival.
Michael Shani has conducted many orchestras, including the IPO, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta in Beersheva, the Ra’anana Symphonette, the Barrocade Ensemble, and orchestras in Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Hungary. In 1986, he co-founded the Israel School for Choral Singing, where he served as academic and musical director for 27 years.
For many years, head of Choral Conducting at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, he also taught conducting at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and currently in the Music Institute at the Levinsky College of Education and the Herzliya Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies.