Tomer Gewirtzman

April 25, 2018, 12:15 pm

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First prize winner at the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman, exhibits style, sensitivity, and virtuosity at the keyboard. Today he joins us live in recital from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Hailed by The Washington Post as an artist of “formidable virtuosity and stylistic sensitivity,” Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman has impressed audiences around the world. He has performed in recitals in London in Steinway Hall and in Paris in the Salle Cortot of the École Normale. Mr. Gewirtzman played with Nikolai Petrov’s Kremlin Festival in cities throughout Russia and has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout Israel including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the New Haifa Symphony.

This season’s highlights include debut recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Morning Musicales, at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts; Mr. Gewirtzman will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto in d minor with the Bucks County Symphony.  Last season, Mr. Gewirtzman made his New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artist Series in New York and in Washington D.C. in a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts. Other performances included recitals at Saint Vincent College, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Harvard Musical Association, the Harriman-Jewell Series, at Congregation Rodef Shalom, and at the Virginia Arts Festival. He also performed at Weill Hall for the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic and at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre in the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Gala honoring the memory of Vera Stern.

His busy career has also included concerto performances with Symphony Silicon Valley, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony, the North-West Florida Symphony, and the South Arkansas Symphony. Mr. Gewirtzman has performed at festivals in the United States including Bravo! Vail, Yellowbarn, the Aspen Music Festival, PianoFest, PianoTexas, Summit Music Festival, and New York’s International Keyboard Institute Festival. Among other festivals abroad, he has appeared at the International Academy of Music in Italy, the Musica Mundi Chamber Music Festival in Belgium, Tel – Hai International Master Classes in Israel, and Germany’s Usedom Music Festival.

Mr. Gewirtzman was awarded First Prize 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the 2014 Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the Piano Prize and Audience Prize at the 2013 America – Israel Cultural Foundation’s Aviv Competition. He has received Top Prizes in other international competitions such as the International Keyboard Institute Festival Piano Competition in New York, Arte Con Anima Piano Competition in Greece, and the International Baltic Piano Competition in Poland.

Tomer Gewirtzman started his musical education at the age of 8, with Ms. Raaya Shpol at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, and continued his piano studies with Prof. Vadim Monastirski from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. From 2008 to 2011, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces in the “Outstanding Musician” program. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the Buchmann-Mehta school of music in Tel-Aviv, in the studio of Arie Vardi. He earned his Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, working with Maestro Sergei Babayan, where he received the prestigious Kovner Fellowship award. He continues his studies at Juilliard in the Artist Diploma program.

Biography provided by the International Music Foundation.

  • Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 48, by Joseph Haydn
    Andante con espressione
    Rondo. Presto

  • Fairy Tales, Op. 34, No. 2, by Nikolai Medtner
    Fairy Tales, Op. 20, No. 2, by Nikolai Medtner

  • Selections from 12 Etudes, Op. 8, by Alexander Scriabin
    Etude No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor
    Etude No. 5 in E Major
    Etude No. 6 in A Major
    Etude No. 9 in G-Sharp Minor
    Etude No. 11 in B-Flat Minor
    Etude No. 12 in D-Sharp Minor