Ayelet Karni is a varied musician, and is active as recorders, historical oboes and shawms player, as a soloist and in various ensembles. She finished in excellence her Bachelor degree at the Jerusalem Academy of Music. At the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”, Switzerland, she completed two Master Studies cum laude: her first Master degree in Recorders included a unique Master Thesis about music in Hebrew from the Middle Ages; her second Master degree was in Baroque Oboe and Music Pedaogy. In addition Ayelet studied Shawm and attended a program of studies in Leipzig, Germany, at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Felix Mendelssohn Bartoldy”. Recently she has finished the ITM Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course in Bristol, England.
Ayelet Performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Capriccio Barockorchester, Concerto Foscari and Haifa Symphony Orchestra; she has performed extensively in many recitals and concerts across Europe, in the U.S.A, and in Israel, and in many festivals, among them are the Bergen International Festival and London Handel Festival. She recorded concerts to Radio France, the BBC, Swiss Radio and Television, and “Kol Hamusica” radio stations. Ayelet plays with orchestras such as Le Parlement de Musique, Arte Dei Suonatori and Barrocade. She plays under the conducting of famous conductors, among them are Andrew Parrott, Christophe Rousset, Christophe Coin and Martin Gester, and in various ensembles.
Ayelet wrote her Master’s thesis on “The Hebrew Song in Mediaeval Europe”. Her historical search for Hebrew music from the Middle Ages is the result of the wish to bring Hebrew music to large audiences. Her project ‘Mizmor LeDavid- Early Hebrew Music’ combines research, lectures and musical performances.
Ayelet has been winning many prizes and scholarships. Among them are The Swiss Government Scholarship, The Jerusalem Academy President’s Prize; scholarships of the America-Israel Culture Fund Scholarship since 2002, first prize of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra’s Competition; first prize of the concerto competition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, and the Chais family’s scholarship for excellent musicians. Together with the ensemble ‘Les Mélomanes’ she was a finalist of the York Early Music Competition.
Nowadays Ayelet lives in Basel and teaches at the Musikschule Zofingen, alongside her international concert career. In her performances she puts an emphasis on presenting the historical context of the works performed and communicating with her audience.