Israeli native Hilla Epstein began her cello studies with Uri Vardi in the Israeli Conservatory of Tel-Aviv, and later graduated from the well-known Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. She served as an ‘Outstanding Musician’ in the I.D.F. and in 1992, traveled to Germany where she studied with Wolfram Geiss in the Muzik Academie der Stadt Kassel. This same year she gave concerts in Germany, Switzerland and Japan. In 1996, Epstein completed her B.A. at the Tel-Aviv Music Academy with distinction, where she studied with Emanuel Gruber and Shmuel Magen. She later obtained her M.Mus from the same institution under the tutelage of Hillel Zori and won first prize in their Chamber Music Competition.
A two-time Apple Hill Center of Chamber Music (NH, USA) scholarship winner and recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Fund, Epstein has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Musika Nova Ensemble. In 1998, Epstein joined the Reflex Ensemble and participated in many festivals including Kfar Blum, Misgav and the Israel Festival. As a member of the Gertler String Quartet, she took part in the London-based Amadeus Quartet course and in master classes with the Alban Berg Quartet and Isaac Stern. Epstein founded the ICSQ Quartet in 2001 and began performing as a member of the Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble. Epstein’s musical repertoire also extends beyond that of the Western Classical milieu. As a member of Yemen Blues she has performed in many world music festivals including Babel Med, Womex, Calgary, Vancouver and more.