Shirley Brill is one of the world’s most outstanding clarinetists and a professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. She has won two important music competitions in Markneukirchen (Germany) and in Geneva (Switzerland) and has also won the Special Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich (Germany). She has played with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, and the Jerusalem Quartet. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna, La Scala in Milan, and the KKL in Lucerne (Switzerland). She regularly performs with the pianist Jonathan Aner, with whom she has formed the much-praised Brillaner Duo which performs all over the world.
Since 2009, Shirley Brill has been the lead clarinetist of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. She has taken a leading part at the Yellow Barn Programme for Young Artists’ Festival in southeastern Vermont (USA) and the Mahler Academy in Ferrara (Italy). She has also conducted master classes in Australia (the Australian National Academy of Music), Lucerne (Switzerland), Japan, the Czech Republic (the Janáček Academy), Canada and Israel (the Jerusalem Music Centre). Since 2012 she has taught the playing of chamber music at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.