At the Grand Finale on May 8th, Israel’s superstar Shiri Maimon will give a special concert. It marks the first time ever that she performs in The Netherlands. Shiri has not only been extremely successful as singer and performer but also as leading star in musicals (Evita and The Band), as presenter and judge of various TV programs, composer, lyricist and she represented Israel at the Eurovision and MTV award shows.
At the IJMF Grand Finale, she will be joined, before the intermission, by the 4 main finalists from the IJMF concours, who will compete for the main Prizes and the Audience Award. Shiri will present these prizes at the end of her concert to the winners.
SHIRI MAIMON was born in Haifa and made her first “professional” appearance at the age of 10 when she took part in the “Festigal”, an annual children’s musical show and a benchmark for reaching public acclaim in the Israeli entertainment industry. In 2000, Shiri was drafted to the Israeli Defense Force and served as a singer in the Air Force Band. In 2003 Shiri auditioned for “A Star Is Born”, Israel’s version of” American Idol”. She attained second place, gained tremendous popularity with the public, and was signed on by Helicon Records. November 2004 saw the release of Shiri’s first single; “Until You Understand Me”. While working on her debut album, Shiri became the presenter of the popular daily youth TV program “EXIT”, in which she interviewed entertainment icons and discussed relevant youth issues.
Her second single was “Hasheket Shenish’ar” (“Time to Say Goodbye”), the song which was chosen to represent Israel in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. At the semifinals of the contest, the European voting public gave Shiri an amazing 116 out of 120 available points. She reached the very respectable fourth place in the final contest. Shiri’s first album, named simply “Shiri Maimon”, was released in September 2005. The album went gold within four months with four nr.1 hits. As she celebrated her gold sales achievements, Shiri launched her first concert tour. In March 2006, Shiri was offered by “Habima”, the Israeli National Theatre Company, to play one of the leading roles in the musical version of the all-time Israeli cult movie “The Band”. While still performing in “The Band”, Shiri began to record her second album in which she played a dominant role in its compositions and lyrics. This album ‘A Moment Before’, released in 2008, was heavily promoted by Orange Mobile which used the first single ‘Better Forgive’ for their major advertising campaign. The second single, “When you’re Gone,” an autobiographical emotional ballad written by Shiri, also became a huge hit and was followed by another major concert tour.
In the same year, Shiri became the first Israeli representative ever to the MTV European Music Awards. Performing a new song in English, “Now that you’re gone”, brought Shiri to the 3rd place.
Early in 2010, while working on her 3rd album, she was chosen by “Keren Hayesod” to be its official representative in the 90th anniversary celebrations with major events, in Latin America and Europe. She also did a joint concert series with Shimon Buskila, a well-known “Mediterranean” song writer and singer, whose unique style together with Shiri’s remarkable voice, gave audiences an opportunity to discover new and exciting layers of Shiri’s voice. This joint tour became one of Israel’s most famous and talked about collaborations with over 250 shows all across Israel. Their concert at the Caesarea open air was recorded and became a platinum seller
In September 2012 Shiri launched her 3rd album, “Sheleg BaSharav”. Early in 2013, Shiri gave birth to her first son, yet that did not stop her from being chosen to be a judge at the Israeli version of the successful TV reality show “The X Factor”. The winner of the 1st season, Rose Postanses, came from Shiri’s “Adults” group. Right after the 1st season ended, Shiri launched a new concert tour, this time filling the theaters by herself. While releasing 3 singles from her 4th album and during her work on the 2nd season of “The X factor”, Shiri was chosen by Habima National Theater, to play the lead role of “Evita” in the Israeli version of the well-known musical.
Over the years Shiri has managed to establish a reputation of a stylish performer, with a superb vocal range. Her voice is powerful and exciting and she is nothing short of a true diva, capable of performing a wide range of musical genres, from soul, to pop to dance.