Duo Senza Basso was founded in 2013 by the Israeli violinists Ofir Shner (born 1989) and Zohar Alon (born 1988).
The duo brings to stage rarely performed, yet excellent repertoire for two violins, and sees this as its goal. Zohar and Ofir play both baroque and modern violins and combine the aspiration for historical accuracy with a fresh, youthful spirit. Since its foundation the duo has performed in Israel, Italy and Austria.
Ofir and Zohar have done much of their studies and career together. They are both graduates of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University – Ofir graduated (2012, with distinction) the B.Mus. violin studies in the class of Nava Milo, whereas Zohar studied under Yair Kless and Ludmila Feldman and concluded (2011) his B.Mus. violin studies with Ms. Milo.
In 2012, he graduated with an M.Mus. degree in strings pedagogy with distinction under the guidance of Lilach Levanon. Currently, they are studying for a B.A. in baroque violin under Susanne Scholz, as well as for an M.A. in modern violin under Ida Bieler at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.
Ofir and Zohar have participated together and separately in many festivals and master classes in Italy, Germany, France, Slovenia and Israel.
They have both been scholarship recipients of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for many years.
The two violinists also play regularly in numerous ensembles, such as the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, Barrocade Ensemble (Israel) and Musica Coeli (Austria); Ofir also plays in the Neue Hofkapelle Graz (Austria). Zohar and Ofir are among the founders of the early music ensemble In Camera XV, with which they perform in Israel and in Europe.
They are in the team of the Young Artists of the Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Bodio – Varese, Italy.