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Faculty

Distinguished Guest Faculty

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    Dmitri Bashkirov

    Russia/Spain

    July 27th - August 4th

    Professor at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Queen Sofia Superior School of Music in Madrid, and International Piano Foundation at Lake Como, Italy. Among today’s foremost pianists and pedagogues. Winner of Marguerite Long competition in Paris, he has performed with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, l’Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, among many others. Has given master classes the world over: at Salzburg Mozarteum, Gilmore and Verbier festivals, Paris Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, Mannes College. Adjudicated such competitions as the Richter in Moscow, Horowitz in Kiev, Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, Santander, Leeds, Minneapolis.


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    Emanuel Krasovsky

    Israel

    July 27th - August 13th

    Professor of Piano, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University;  Barenboim-Said Academy, Berlin. Born in Lithuania; studied with Mindru Katz, Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti, Aube Tzerko, and Ania Dorfmann. Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Juilliard School. Soloist with Israel Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Rizzi, Sidney Harth and others, as well as with other Israel’s orchestras. Recitals in USA, Europe, and Israel. Recorded on CD late piano sonatas by Schubert. Collaborated in concert with Isaac Stern, Natalia Gutman, Ileana Cotrubas, Vera Vaidman, among others. Taught master-classes at Juilliard, New York International Keyobard Festival, Paris Conservatory, London Royal Academy of Music, Royal College, and Guildhall School, Queen Sofia School in Madrid, Berlin Universität der Künste, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, among many others. Jury member at international competitions: Arthur Rubinstein, Leeds, Dublin, Iturbi (Valencia), Honens, Horowitz (Kiev), Maj Lind (Helsinki), Konzerteum (Greece), Tbilisi, Bremen, Takamatsu, Canberra, Pinerolo, Sennigalia, Cincinnati, and others.


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    Victor Derevianko

    Israel

    July 27th - August 13th

    Professor Emeritus of Israel Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University. Graduate of Gnessin Music Institute, Moscow; studied with Heinrich Neuhaus and Maria Yudina, with whom he recorded works by Bartok and Stravinsky for two pianos. Has given recitals throughout Europe and USA. As a member of Vidom Trio, recorded the entire trio, violin-piano, and cello-piano works by Brahms as well as the composer's sonatas for piano. Has taught master classes at Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, University of Maryland, Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Karlsruhe Hochschule in Germany and others.

    While on a sabbatical from Tel-Aviv Music Academy, served as Pro-Rector of Music Department at the Maimonides State Classical Academy in Moscow.

    His transcription for a chamber group of the Shostakovich Fifteenth Symphony was published by Sikorski and recorded with Gidon Kremer for DGG.


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    Aviram Reichert

    Israel/S. Korea

    July 27th - August 13th

    Professor of Piano, Seoul National University College of Music. Master-classes in Japan, Korea, South Africa, Israel, USA. 
    Prizewinner in numerous international competitions, including Bronze medal at the 10th Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth. Performed with such conductors as Sergiu Commissiona, James Conlon, James De Priest, David Lockington, Leon Botstein, Emmanuel Krivine, Michele Carulli, among others.
    Was heard in recital throughout USA, Europe, Far East, South Africa, and Israel.
    Among festivals he took part in: the Ruhr, Epinal, Ravinia, Gilmore, Fontana, Tokyo. 
    Was heard in chamber music with Anne Akiko Meyers, Yuri Gandelsman, Guy Braunstein, Dylana Jenson, Philippe Quindt, and others.
    Started his piano studies with Hadassah Ben Haim; later worked with Arie Vardi at Tel Aviv University Academy of Music. 

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    Aquiles Delle Vigne

    Argentina/Belgium

    July 27th - August 4th

    Professor of Piano, Rotterdam Conservatory; professor, Mozarteum in Salzburg; visiting professor, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Regular master classes at Juilliard, Manhattan Schools, and Mannes College in New York, Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories, Toho University in Tokyo, München, Karlsruhe and Hamburg Schools, in Sydney, Melbourne, Seoul, Osaka, Bangkok, Indiana, Baltimore.

    His pupils won over 100 international competition prizes. His voluminous discography is under EMI His Master's Voice, BASF Harmonia Mundi, BMG-RCA Victor, Pavane, and EMS labels. Currently engaged in recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. Extensive concert appearances throughout Europe, twenty tours of Japan, eight of Australia, performances in USA and Mexico.

    Has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Hager, Alberto Lysy, Vladimir Kim, Lee Dong-Ho, Ferdinand Terbi, among many others. Adjudicated Sydney, Pretoria, Cincinnati, Warsaw, Turin, Paris, Tbilisi competitions. Studied with Claudio Arrau, Eduardo del Pueyo, and György Cziffra.

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    Asaf Zohar

    Israel

    July 27th - August 4th

    Chair, piano faculty, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University.  Formerly dean, performing arts faculty, and piano department chair, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Graduated from Givatayim Conservatory, Rubin Music Academy at Tel-Aviv University, and Indiana University (Doctor of Musical Arts degree). Studied with Hanna Shalgi, Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Leonard Hokanson, and Michel Block. Prizewinner, Casadesus competition in Cleveland and contests in Vienna, Sydney and Pretoria. Has performed with Israel’s leading orchestras, including Israel Philharmonic, under Zubin Mehta, David Robertson, Urs Schneider, Mendi Rodan, Noam Sheriff, David Shallon, and others. Concertized in Austria, Germany, France, England, Spain, Italy, Russia, Georgia, USA, South Africa, Australia, and Japan. Edited, presented, and performed in concert series, featuring collected sonatas by Beethoven, concertos by Mozart, piano works by Chopin, Brahms, Schumann and other composers.


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    Claudio Martinez Mehner

    Germany/Spain

    July 27th - August 4th

    Professor of Piano at University of Music, Basel, and Hochschule für Music und Tanz Köln.

    Has performed as soloist throughout Europe, in the USA, Canada, Russia, Central America, Japan and Korea, including appearances with Munich Philharmonic,  Moscow Philharmonic,  “Filarmonica della Scala”, Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic,  “Orchestre de la Suisse Romande”, “Norddeutsche Rundfunk” Symphony Orchestra, “Philharmonia Hungarica”, and most of the major Spanish orchestras.Winner of numerous international competitions: Dino Ciani in Milan, Pilar Bayona in Zaragoza, Fondation Chimay in Belgium, was finalist in Santander, Spain.

    Among his teachers: Joaquín Soriano, Vitalij Margulis, Ferenc Rados, Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov.

    He is also an accomplished viola player.


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    Jeffrey Swann

    USA

    July 27th - August 4th

    Professor of Piano at New York University and Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Northern Arizona University, he is the winner of the first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition, sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, a bronze medal at the Van Cliburn, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Vianna da Motta and Montreal competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos and solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez. Has been heard as soloist with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indiana, Dallas, Saint Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore and Minneapolis; in Europe, with the orchestras of Rotterdam, The Hague, Belgian National and Radio, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Maggio Fiorentino (Florence), RAI Turin and Rome, Südwest Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Prague Philharmonic, Radio France de Montpellier, and the London Philharmonia, among others. He has made recordings for Deutsche-Gramophon, RCA-Italy, Replica, Fonit-Cetra, Music & Arts, Ars Polona and Agorá. His CD, “The Virtuoso Liszt” (Music & Arts) won the Liszt Society’s Grand Prix, and his first volume of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Agorá) was chosen one of the Best of the Year by Fanfare magazine.

    In addition, Jeffrey Swann is an internationally renowned Wagner scholar. He lectures throughout the United States, illustrating from the piano, and is a frequent guest of the Bayreuth Festival. Has written extensively on Wagner, most recently an article on Wagner and Proust, published by Oxford University Press.

    Studied with Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and with Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees.


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    Massimiliano Ferrati

    Italy

    July 27th - August 4th

    Professor of Piano at the Conservatory "Agostino Steffani" in Castelfranco Veneto and the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York. Ferrati has given Master Classes at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy in Kiev, Accademia Clivis in Rome, Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Cittadella International Music Festival & Masterclass, Villa Chiericati Showa Foundation University of Tokyo, Tbilisi Piano Fest, Wuyishan International Piano Festival (China).

    Ferrati appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Gli Archi della Scala di Milano, Moscow Symphony, Roma Sinfonietta, among other orchestras. He was heard in recital on prestigious stages in Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Recorded and broadcasted by TVP (Telewizja Polska S. A.), CBC Radio & Television, Canada, RTÉ (Radio Telefís Éireann), Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Radio Allegro, Johannesburg, Israel Radio Voice of Music, BBC Radio, RAI, Radio, Ljubljana, Radio Classica, Radio Vaticana, Radio Nacional Clasica, Argentina. Recorded for RS, Velut Luna (Mozart Piano Sonatas) and Brilliant Classics (Respighi Violin Sonatas and Martucci Complete Music for Cello and Piano). In 2020-21 two more CDs with Prokofiev Piano Music and Violin & Piano Sonatas will be released by Brilliant Classics. Among the piano competitions he earned prizes from – Arthur Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, Dublin, Honens, Busoni, Alessandro Casagrande, Rina Sala Gallo, UNISA in Pretoria.

    Studied with Mila Zamparo, Kostantin Bogino, Paul Badura-Skoda (at Accademia Chigiana in Siena) and Sergio Perticaroli (Mozarteum in Salzburg and "Santa Cecilia" Academy in Rome, where received the first-class honors diploma). Masterclasses with Fausto Zadra, Bruno Rigutto, Vladimir Ogarkov, Svetlana Bogino, Dina Joffe.


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    Oxana Yablonskaya

    Russia/USA/Israel

    July 27th - August 4th

    Professor of Piano, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Mme Yablonskaya formerly taught at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and, after emigrating to the USA, at the Juilliard School in New York (for more than a quarter of a century). In addition, she has been guiding outstanding young artists in festivals and master-classes the world over.  Prize-winner at Vienna Beethoven Competition,  Rio de Janeiro Piano Competition, and the Long-Thibaud competition in Paris; in constant demand as a juror by world’s leading competitions – Leeds, Hamamatsu, Liszt Competition in the Netherlands, Prokofiev in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, and others.  Recipient of Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society in Budapest for the recording of music by Liszt and Schubert-Liszt, her performances are featured on Melodiya, Connoisseur Society, Naxos, Bel Air, Pro Piano labels. Studied at the Moscow Central Music School with Annaida Sumbatian and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Alexander Goldenweiser, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Tatiana Nikolaeva.


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    Tomer Lev

    Israel

    July 27th - August 4th

    Professor of piano, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University; presently Head of the School. Maintains a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Near East and the Far East. As soloist collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Tanglewood Festival, Varna Festival, Colorado, Quebec, Kiev and others, including all major Israeli orchestras. His series as soloist with Israel Philharmonic were under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Yoel Levi, Jerzy Semkow, among others. Has been presented at the Lincoln Center in New York, the "Philharmonie" Hall in Berlin, "Teatro Colon" in Buenos Aires, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Municipal Theater of Shanghai, Hamburg's "Musikhalle", the "Rudolfinum" in Prague, "Sala Sao Paulo", "Glen Gould Hall" in Toronto, and in all Israel’s concert halls. Has recorded for UK labels ASV/Sanctuary Records and Champs Hill Records. In 2020  slated to release 3 new albums for "Hyperion" and "Naxos".  An enthusiastic chamber musician, he was a member of the Israel Piano Trio and toured with the ensemble Europe and South America. Graduated from Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts; studied the piano with his mother, pianist Naomi Lev, and composition with composer Tzvi Avni. Completed his B.Mus and M.Mus degrees at the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv University, under Arie Vardi and Victor Derevianko. His Doctorate, under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish, is from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


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    Alon Goldstein

    Israel/USA

    August 5th - August 13th

    Professor of Piano at University of Missouri in Kansas City, USA. Internationally celebrated Israeli representative of today's younger pianist generation. Has performed with the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago Dallas, Saint Louis, Houston, Baltimore and Vancouver Symphonies, Los-Angeles, London  and Israel Philharmonics and Radio France orchestra under Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Oundjian, Klaus Peter Flor, and Yoel Levi. Recitals at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Town Hall as well as the 92 street "Y", the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection and Strathmore Hall in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, as well as in London (Purcell room), Moscow (Kremlin), Tel Aviv (Museum) and Jerusalem (Symphony Hall). Also performed at the Gilmore, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Ravinia, Verbier and Ruhr Festivals. Studied with Victor Derevianko and Arie Vardi in Israel and later with Leon Fleisher in the US. Recorded for Naxos Concerti by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Trios by Dvorak with his Tempest Trio and a solo CD of Scarlatti sonatas.


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    Nina Tichman

    USA

    August 5th - August 13th

    Professor of Piano (Emerita) at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Tichman has given Master Classes at Mozarteum in Salzburg, Princeton University, Amherst College. Winner, Busoni and Casagrande competitions; recipient of Mendelssohn Prize of Berlin and Prize of Organization of American States. Following her debut at seventeen performing Beethoven´s “Emperor” Concerto, she appeared in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, and Salzburg Festspielhaus. Worked with prominent conductors, such as Moshe Atzmon, Leon Barzin, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Kitaenko and Louis Langrée, performing with Bamberger Sinfoniker, Symphony Orchestras of the Bayerische, Hessische, and Norddeutsche radio stations, Baltimore and St. Louis Symphonies. During concert tours throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, took part in major festivals: Marlboro, Tanglewood, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Styriarte, Frankfurt Feste, Rheingau, among others. She is at home in repertoire ranging from Frescobaldi to composers writing today. Her discography includes music by Bartók, Beethoven, Copland (complete works for piano), Chopin, Corigliano, Fauré, V.D. Kirchner, Mendelssohn, Penderecki, and Reger.

    In 2001 Tichman founded the Xyrion Trio with Ida Bieler and Maria Kliegel and recorded the complete Beethoven piano trios.

    A graduate of The Juilliard School, she was awarded the Eduard Steuermann prize for outstanding musical achievement there.

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    Norma Fisher

    U.K.

    August 5th - August 13th

    Professor of Piano at London Royal College of Music, Fellow of the Northern College of Music, recognised internationally as one of Britain’s leading pianists and teachers. Many of her top-prize winning students are well known on the international concert circuit. She has performed with many of the great orchestras of the world under leading conductors and with Europe’s finest chamber-musicians. At the age of 21, was  top-prize winner in the Busoni International Piano Competition and the same year shared the Piano Prize of the Harriet Cohen International Music Awards with Vladimir Ashkenazy. A protégé of the eminent Greek pianist Gina Bachauer and pupil of Ilona Kabos, she is much in demand as a jury member of many major international piano competitions. Norma Fisher is the Artistic Director of London Master Classes, whose acclaimed courses attract major international talent to work intensively with top performers/teachers in London.


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    Tatiana Zelikman

    Russia

    August 5th - August 13th

    Professor of piano, the Gnessin Academy of Music, Moscow, and the Special Gnessin School of Music (for more than 40 years); one of the leading piano pedagogues in Russia today. A student of Prof. Theodor Gutman (himself a student of Heinrich Neuhaus), she produced an array of internationally acclaimed piano virtuosos: Alexander Kobrin (winner, the Van Cliburn competition), Konstantin Shamray (winner, the Sydney competition), Konstantin Lifshitz, Katia Skanavi, Mikhail Mordvinov, Ivan Rudin, Elena Rozanova, Daniil Trifonov, and others. In high demand as a master-class teacher in Russia and abroad – Kuhmo (Finland), Colmar (France), Portogruaro and Asolo (Italy) festivals as well as conservatories in Holland, Ireland, USA, Austria, and Japan. Has served on juries of numerous international competitions.


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    Tomer Gewirtzman

    Israel

    August 5th - August 13th

    An outstanding representative of the young generation of Israeli pianists; attended Tel-Hai Master Classes for several summers as a student and once as a faculty member. Tomer graduated from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, where he studied with Arie Vardi, and received his Master’s degree as well as Artist’s Diploma from the Juilliard School, where was a recipient of the prestigious Kovner fellowship and worked with Sergei Babayan. Was a member of the Carnegie Hall’s resident ensemble Connect. Winner of numerous competitions and awards, including Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport (USA), the Aviv Competition in Tel Aviv, and Midwest Piano Competition in Iowa. Since 2006, he has received biennial excellence scholarships from America-Israel Cultural Foundation and special scholarships by Tzfunot Tarbut Foundation, Haifa Arts Foundation, and Buchman-Heyman foundation. Made a London debut in Steinway hall; his Paris debut took place in Salle Cortot at Ecole Normale. Gewirtzman was invited to play in Nikolai Petrov's Kremlin Festival in Russia. Concerts as a soloist with orchestras in Israel include performances with Israel Philharmonic (under Zubin Mehta), Israel Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony. In the U.S., he has played with the Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, Symphony of Silicon Valley, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, among others.

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    Yossi Reshef

    Israel/Germany

    August 5th - August 13th

    Active as a pedagogue, concert pianist, and conductor. Presently maintains a sought after private studio in Berlin where, besides working with his regular students, prepares visiting young pianists from around Europe and Asia for auditions and competitions. Over the past two decades, he has given numerous master classes – at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow, the Lodz Academy in Poland, Academies of Zagreb and Baku, the leading higher education institutes in South Africa and Taiwan, as well as at many venues in the US. Was a faculty member at the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire and at the Upbeat Uzma Hvar summer festival in Croatia. In 2017 established the Berlin International Piano Master Class, of which he is the teacher and artistic director.

    A winner of many prizes and scholarships, his performances have been received with critical acclaim in USA, Britain, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, South Africa, Azerbaijan, The Philippines, and Taiwan. As a chamber musician has collaborated with such artists as cellist Nino Ruzevic, violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, violist Yuval Gotlibovich, cellist Jonathan Gotlibovich, violinist Dora Schwarzberg, the Serenata of Santa Fe wind players, and the Apple Hill chamber players.

    Reshef holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where he was the student and teaching assistant of Prof. Norman Krieger. Earlier studied in Israel with the legendary Prof. Pnina Salzman, and with Prof. Jonathan Zak at the Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv University. He started his studies with Martha Even Shushan in his hometown Holon, Israel.
     


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    Yoni Farhi

    Israel

    July 27th - August 13th

    Pianist and conductor Yoni Farhi has served as assistant to the music director of Haifa Symphony Orchestra (2006-2013). Faculty member, the Levinsky College master degree program and Rimon School of Jazz and contemporary music (Condcuting and composition department). Winner of the 2006 Gina Bachauer Award of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation; has performed as piano soloist and conductor with Haifa Symphony, Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, Ra'anana Symphonette, Tel-Aviv Soloists' Ensemble, Israel sinfonietta beer-sheva . Appeared in Britain, Germany, Austria, Poland and Belgium. Studied piano with Hadassa Biribis, Emanuel Krasovsky and Pnina Salzman, composition with Sergiu Natra. Yoni studied conducting with Noam Sheriff and between 2011-2013 under the guidance of Daniel Barenboim at Berlin Stattsoper. Master of Music degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. Music Producer to Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes since 2002.


Piano Duo Faculty

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    Tami Kanazawa & Yuval Admony

    Japan-Israel

    July 27th - August 13th

    The Piano Duo of Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admony has been awarded The First Prize in five international competitions: 2008 Oslo Prize in Grieg Competition, 2005 Menuhin Gold Prize in Osaka International Competition, 2002 Ibla Grand Prize in Italy, 2001 Rome Prize, and the 2000 Tokyo Duo Competition. They taught piano-duo master classes in The Norwegian Academy of Music, Korean National University of Arts, Pacific Rim Festival in Canada, for Japan National Piano Teachers Association, and from October 2011 are teaching Piano Duos at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. The duo appeared in over 20 countries in prestigious halls, including Carnegie Hall, Argentina Theatre in Rome, Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall, Warsaw National Radio, and others. International festivals include The Budapest Spring Festival, Klavierduo Festival in Germany, Odessa Dialogues in Ukraine, Asian Music Festival, Oslo Grieg Festival, Felicja Blumental, Upper Galilee, and Israel Festival here. Broadcasts by BBC in London, CBC in Canada, Tokyo FM, NHK in Japan, BNR in Bulgaria, Budapest National Radio, Radio New Zealand, Israel's "Voice of Music". Performed with Israel's leading orchestras. Their Symphonic Poems by Liszt on Naxos label was acclaimed in Fanfare and International Piano magazines. Duo's other releases, include Rhapsodies for Two Pianos, issued by Romeo Records.

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The Art-Song Workshop

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    Ido Ariel

    Israel

    August 7th - August 11th

    The Israeli pianist Dr. Ido Ariel is an accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and lecturer, one of the leading figures in the field of Art-Song in Israel. Since 2013 Ido is the head of the vocal department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Since 2012 he is the director of "Shira-Shir" concert series, dedicated to the classical as well as the Israeli art-song in collaboration with prominent Israeli singers. Ido has accompanied many acclaimed singers in Israel and abroad; he has directed "Singing Words" concert series at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has artistically advised to related concert-series. A former member of the musical staff at the New Israeli Opera. His activity as lecturer includes master-classes in Europe, the US, and Israel. Ido has won many prizes and awards during his studies in Beer-Sheva Conservatory, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Royal College of Music, London, where he won the Director's award for his research and performance of the songs of Arnold Schoenberg.


Improvisation Workshop

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    Guy Mintus

    Israel

    July 29th - August 1st

    A trained concert pianist with the energy of a rock-star and a jazz musician’s sense of adventure, the celebrated Israeli pianist, composer, vocalist, and educator is equally at home sharing the stage with jazz legends, composing for classical orchestras and collaborating with masters of traditional music, working with children or appearing as a soloist with Ska-Punk band Streetlight Manifesto at a sold-out New York Beacon Theater. Coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan & Polish Jews, his music is a meeting point between different rivers of inspiration flowing freely into each other.

    Recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award” by ASCAP and the Bernstein Family Foundation and Prix du Public at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano competition, his debut record, “A Home in Between, has been selected as DownBeat Magazine’s Editor’s Pick, while his most recent release, Connecting the Dots”, has been celebrated in concerts throughout the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Turkey, and Kazakhstan, including a CD release of a New York concert that has been recommended by the New York Times. In 2018, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Bavarian Philharmonic.

    Guy Mintus has been commissioned to compose works for the American Composers Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony and Jerusalem East & West Orchestra. In 2018, composed music for Miracle of Miracles, the new documentary about Fiddler on the Roof by HBO director Max Lewkowicz, and premiered his First piano concerto with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. 


Chamber Music Workshop

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    Vera Vaidman

    Israel

    July 27th - August 5th

    Her performance of the complete works of Bach for unaccompanied bowed instruments (the cello suites, on viola) in New York in March 2018 hailed as a "colossal achievement" by New York Concert Review, Vera Vaidman is among Israel's foremost violinists, violists and chamber-music players. Has performed as a soloist with all Israel's orchestras, conducted by Zubin Mehta, Gerard Schwarz, Andre Kostelanetz, Rudolf Barshai, Sidney Harth, Lucas Foss and others. Participated in the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, where she performed and recorded with Rudolf Serkin, Andras Schiff, Philipp Naegele and Felix Galimir among others; the Esbjerg Chamber Music Festival in Denmark; the Gotland Festival in Sweden; Kfar Blum Festival in Israel.

    Served as leader and soloist of the conductorless Ramat Hasharon Camerata Women's String Orchestra as well as the first violinist of the Gertler String Quartet, Tel Aviv. A graduate of Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where studied with Boris Belenky and David Oistrakh.

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    Diana Cahanescu

    Italy/Israel

    July 27th - August 5th

    Principal cellist, Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanin di Parma, Italy, with which performed as a soloist on numerous occasions. Graduate, “George Enescu” music high school in Bucharest and the Music Academy, Tel Aviv University, where studied with Uzi Wiesel and Emanuel Gruber. Further studies with Radu Aldulescu at the Yehudi Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. Master Classes with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and David Geringas. A founding member – with Mihaela Costea and Victor Derevianko – of the Renaissance Trio, she took part in chamber music concerts in Italy, France, the USA, Slovakia, Russia, Japan, and Russia.