In her program ""Don't End It On A Minor" Marina Kantor engages the audience in an informal chat and invites them on a fascinating exploration of the 25 musical notes of the melody of Israeli national, Hatikvah.
It talks about the evolution through ages, from a prayer of the Jews in Spain before the Inquisition, through styles of well-known classical European composers, culminating in a soulful improvisational jazz jam - the evidence that this melody continues to live in our time.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, pianist Marina Kantor studied in Kiev, Nijni Novgorod and Moscow. Her mentors included I. Katz, N. Stankevich, L. Shur and the renowned Russia pianist Stanislav Genrikhovich Neuhaus (Moscow Conservatory) among others. Before immigrating to Israel with her family in 1991, she worked as a pianist and coach at Kiev Opera Theater for Youth and the Jewish Musical-Dramatic Theatre named after Sholom Aleikhem,
Upon moving to Israel, Marina performed as part of the Nora-Kantor piano/violin duo, in venues that included the Tzavta Hall, the Jaffa Music Centre and Tel Aviv Music Academy.
Since 2000, Marina has been living in Prague where she performed as part of a Lecian-Kantor duo with cellist Christopher Lecian. The duo released five albums, among them sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms Franck and Debussy, and works by Piazzola and Jan Valta.
Working with composer Sivan Eldar on her "Tongue of Wood," Marina devised a theatrical production that combined live piano performance with staging and electronics. Alongside director Vasily Nedeltsu she created her first solo performance "Don't End It In The Minor" — that has toured to great acclaim across Europe and the United States.