Ms. Brill is the winner of the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland (2007), the Markneukirchen International Competition in Germany (2006) as well as a special prize recipient at the International ARD Competition in Munich. In 2010 she represented Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra by receiving the Westfalian Peace-Prize in Münster, Germany.
Shirley Brill has performed at international music festivals such as the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Schubertiade Festival in Austria, the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, the Davos Festival in Switzerland and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival in Israel. In Germany, she gave performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Rheingau Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling and, most recently, at Lars Vogt’s music festival “Spannungen”.
Ms. Brill has collaborated with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, the Jerusalem String Quartet and the Trio di Clarone. She regularly performs with pianist Jonathan Aner as a member of the Brillaner Duo, playing in such prestigious halls as the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. The Duo won the Possehl Prize in Germany as well as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grants, and has taken part in festivals in Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Turkey and Israel.
Shirley Brill served on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival’s Young Artists Program (USA), at the Mahler Academy in Ferrara (Italy), and coached masterclasses in different academies in Australia (The Australian National Academy of Music), Switzerland (Musikhochschule Luzern), Japan, the Czech Republic (Janáček Academy), Canada and Israel (Jerusalem Music Centre).
Committed to the creation and performance of new music, Ms. Brill has premiered numerous pieces of young composers and expanded the repertoire of the clarinet through her own transcriptions.
After studying in Israel with Mr. Yitzhak Katzap, Ms. Brill continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany with Prof. Sabine Meyer and at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA with Richard Stoltzman.