Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Israelis

Yes, our full-time occupation is occupying other people's territory.  In our spare time we play the piano!

2 comments:

Gary Freedman said...

Israeli pianist Tal Zilber performs Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody no. 13 in A minor.

Gary Freedman said...

No wonder he's so good. He studied in Texas!!

Israeli born pianist Tal Zilber enjoys an unusually diverse career of classical, jazz, and pop performances as well as composing, arranging, and improvising. His chamber and orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Carmel String Quartet and the Be’er Sheva Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 he performed his electro acoustic compositions on the Louisiana-Texas electro acoustic music festival (LaTex). His original incidental music for the play “Chulsha” by Ran Apelberg, was performed at the Fringe Festival in Haifa, Israel under the direction of David Shushan. In addition to his performing career, Zilber gives educational presentations at schools all around the United States to spread a joy and appreciation for music.

In the classical music scene, Zilber has appeared as a soloist with the Ramat Hasharon Orchestra in Tel Aviv and his recordings were featured on the Galei Zahal radio station in Israel. Zilber was chosen to serve as an Outstanding Musician in the Israeli Defense Forces and during the three years of his military service, he was chosen by the Zionist Federation to participate in a concert tour in Australia. Prizes and Awards include the Andre Watts Scholarship, the America-Israel culture foundation scholarship, the Lillian H. Duncan Prize and the Marian Fox Martel scholarship.

Zilber holds a M.M from Rice University, a Performance Diploma from Indiana University, and a B.M. from the Rubin Israeli Music Academy, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. His has performed in the Masterclasses of Pnina Salzman, Ronan O'Hara, Evelyne Brancart, Tamás Ungár and the Eroica Trio. Past teachers include Brian Connelly, Edmund Battersby, Michael Boguslavsky, and Alexander Volkov.

Zilber is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in the studios of Ran Blake and Bert Seager.