Matan Gilitchensky was born and raised in Israel, where he started playing the Viola at the age of 15. After graduating from the Buchamnn-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv in Dr. Lilach Levanon’s class, Matan moved to Germany to continue his studies under Prof. Hartmut Rohde at the Berlin University for Arts.
Winner of the prestigious "Aviv" competitions in Israel (AICF, 2010), for both Viola prize and Audience Choice prize categories, Matan also won competitions and awards as a soloists and as a chamber musician also in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and Spain.
As keen player of chamber music, he toured extensively throughout Europe and took part in many important festivals such as: Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier Festival Academy, OCM in Prussia Cove and Thy Festival, where he played alongside world-class partners as Guy Braunstein, Wolfram Christ, Frans Helmerson, Alban Gerhardt and Máté Szűcs to name a few.
Since 2015 Matan is the co-Principal violist of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year he joined the faculty of the Berlin University of Arts- as Prof. Rohde’s assistant and as a teacher for Orchestra Studies.