Professor of piano and chamber music, chairman of the piano department, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. Formerly deputy director of the School. Co-founder (1991), artisitic director and faculty member, the annual Tel-Hai Intenational Piano Master Classes in Israel.
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Studied at the conservatory there, the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University (with Mindru Katz), and the Juilliard School in New York (with Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti, and Ania Dorfmann), where earned B. Mus., M. Mus., and DMA degrees. Also worked with Aube Tzerko at Aspen Festival.
Among his prizes, the Gina Bachauer memorial award, first prize at New York Piano Teachers’ Congress international competition, International Bach Society, and others. Appeared as soloist with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Rizzi, Sidney Harth, and other conductors as well as with all the other orchestras in the country. Was heard in recital in the framework of Israel Festival, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Weill Recital Hall in New York, and in many European cities. In celebration of Schubert’s birth bicentennial, performed the composer’s last three sonatas in Tel Aviv as well as in Denmark, Germany, Finland, and Hungary to enthusiastic reviews.
Has appeared in chamber-music recitals in Israel, Europe, USA, and the Far East with violinist Isaac Stern, cellists Natalia Gutman and Yehuda Hanani, soprano Ileana Cotrubas, flutist Istvan Matuz, among others; performs regularly with violinist Vera Vaidman. Among the international chamber-music festivals he took part in: Kfar Blum Festival in Israel, Esbjerg Festival in Denmark, Gotland and “Sommarmusik pa Naset” chamber music festivals in Sweden, St. Cyprien Festival in France, Dino Ciani festival in Italy,and others.
Was co-founder and director of the semi-annual chamber-music festival in Zichron Yaacov, Israel.
Has taught and conducted master classes at Conservatoire Superieur National in Paris, The Juilliard School and Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Helsinki, Canberra, USA, etc. His masterclass at the Yamaha Center in New York – in the framework of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (20 July, 2011) – was broadcast in live stream on the Internet.
Served on the juries of numerous international competitions: Arthur Rubinstein in Tel Aviv; Leeds; Esther Honens in Calgary, Canada; AXA Dublin; Maj Lind in Helsinki, Finland; Tbilisi, Georgia; Bremen; in USA: Oberlin; Boesendorfer/Schimmel; the AMSA World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (in 2000, as jury chairman); the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, New York; the New York Piano Teachers’ Congress competition; Jose Iturbi in Valencia, Spain; Vladimir Horowitz competition and Mykola Lysenko competition in Kiev etc. the Senigallia, Pinerolo (Italy), Canberra (Australia), and others. A number of his students have won prizes in international contests and are pursuing illustrious performing and teaching careers the world over.