Uriel Tsachor

Piano

NOTICE OF DUO-STUDIO: Uriel Tsachor and Daniel Shapiro will be sharing a studio during our 2017 Festival.

Uriel Tsachor – First Session: 7/16/17 to 7/25 /17
Daniel Shapiro – Second Session: 7/26/17 to 8/4/17

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Uriel Tsachor

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway artist.  A dedicated pedagogue, he teaches a large and internationally diverse studio at the University of Iowa, School of Music.

“A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry,” (SüddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Uriel Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity.

Tsachor was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with prestigious European orchestras as well as with all the major orchestras in Israel. Tsachor has performed numerous times over twenty-five different concerti.

Since his Lincoln Center debut with the New York City Symphony, described by The New York Times as “glittering brilliance,” Tsachor has been performing throughout the United States as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. During the last seasons, Tsachor’s performances in the US and Europe included Beethoven’s HammerKlavier Sonata as well as major works by Schumann and Brahms.  Tsachor has also toured Taiwan as recitalist and has performed in major halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Avery Fisher Hall in New York.  Uriel Tsachor has recorded many programs for radio and television stations in the United States, Israel and several countries in Europe.

Winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours and the Concorso Busoni, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Tsachor is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate.  

Tsachor’s discography (www.urieltsachor.com) encompasses twenty-two releases for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.

Swiss Radio International selected one of Tsachor’s Schumann recordings for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to over 800 radio stations worldwide.  International Piano magazine in London included the disc in an article discussing the “milestones in the recorded history of the work” citing the importance of the recording along those of Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Schnabel, Artur Rubinstein and other significant pianists. The article described Tsachor as a “ Master Pianist.”

In another recent review of his plying the Diapason magazine in Paris described Tsachor as  “a pianist of great sensitivity and perfect musicianship.”

Uriel Tsachor’s chamber music discs include three cello and piano sonatas by Barber, Schnittke and Britten on the EMS label and violin and piano sonatas by Schumann, Reger and Strauss for the London based label OLYMPIA, and the complete violin-piano sonatas by Brahms released on the CALLIOPE label, all performed with violinist Andrew Hardy. The duo has also recorded for the Musique en Wallonie label a 4-CD set of the eight sonatas by various composers dedicated to Ysaÿe, the great Belgian violinist.  

This season Tsachor is scheduled to perform in Brussels, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong and on major University campuses in the United States.

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Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro continues to gain recognition as a leading interpreter of Schubert, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Beethoven, and as a teacher and coach at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has given critically acclaimed recitals and concerto appearances across the US, and in Brazil, Europe, Korea, and China.  He has twice performed Beethoven’s 32-sonata cycle (live performances of all the sonatas can be found on youtube.com), and his CD of Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations and DVDs of Schubert sonatas have received enthusiastic reviews.  He was a top prize winner of the William Kapell International Piano Competition, and also won the American Pianists’ Association Beethoven Fellowship Award.   He has given master classes in several of the leading conservatories of Korea, China and Hong Kong, and has also taught at many summer music festivals across the U.S., Canada and Italy.

As a chamber musician, Shapiro has performed regularly with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras.  He has also performed with the Cavani, Mirò and Linden Quartets, and has released chamber music CDs on the Harmonia Mundi and ASV labels.

His musical scope has also included the study of conducting: he studied with Daniel Lewis, Victor Yampolsky, Fritz Zweig, and Gustav Meier. He made his conducting debut at sixteen at Tanglewood, and has conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Akron Lyric Opera.

His musicianship has also been enhanced and deepened by extensive collaboration with singers: listening to and working with them has been a source of tremendous inspiration. He studied art song with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and opera with Natalie Limonick, and was an opera and art song coach at UCLA.

A native of southern California, Shapiro began the study of piano at the age of six.  His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Russell Sherman, Joanna Graudan, and Reginald Stewart. He studied at the University of Southern California and at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received his doctorate.

He is also an expert Scrabble player: he has won several tournaments and is currently one of the highest-ranked players in Ohio.  He lives in the Cleveland area with his wife Naomi Klarreich, his son Gabriel, and his two daughters Ida and Rachelle.