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December 22, 23, 29, 2010

Arie Vardi

Navon Hall of JAMD, JMC


Maestro Arie Vardi received international acclaim as one of Israel’s foremost pianists. After winning the Chopin Competition in Israel, he appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, and upon winning the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, he played numerous concerts throughout Europe. Alongside his study of music at the Rubin Academy, he achieved a degree in law at Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Vardi continued his piano studies in Basel with Paul Baumgartaner and studied composition with Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He has performed widely as soloist with major orchestras under the baton of Semion Bychkov, Sergio Commissiona, Lukas Foss, Kurt Masur, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Zubin Mehta, Paul Paray, Paul Sacher and David Zinman, and others. His concert tours have taken him to Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Far East, and Australia. His first Russian tour, in 1992, included performances in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities. Maestro Vardi performs regularly as soloist-conductor, playing the complete concerti by Bach and Mozart, part of which he has played on the Hammerfluegel. In recent years he has specialized in the literature of the Impressionist period, including the entire repertoire of Debussy and Ravel. His RCA records have won international acclaim and prizes.

Maestro Vardi’s extensive repertoire includes various Israeli works, many of which were dedicated to him. In addition to his concert career, he is professor of piano at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Hannover and at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, where he served as program director and chaired the piano faculty. More than 30 of his students have won first prizes in international competitions. Prof. Vardi is best known to television viewers for his series “Master Classes,” the family series of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which he conducts and presents, and for his series “Intermezzo with Arik.”

He has been a jury member in most leading international piano competitions, including Beijing, Cleveland, Hamamatsu, Leeds, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Salt Lake City, Santander, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw, and others. He is the Artistic Advisor and Chairman of the Jury of the Arthur Rubinstein International Master Competition.

Prof. Vardi has held Master Classes and presented lecture recitals at the Juilliard School of Music, the Paris Conservatoire, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the London Royal Academy, and many other major music centers.

In the 2001 season, Arie Vardi directed, conducted, and played a series of five concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. The series, entitled “The Piano Concerto,” featured twelve concertos ranging from Bach to the 21st century. In the 2004-5 season he launched a new weekend series with the Israel Philharmonic, “Morning Intermezzo,” where he serves as conductor and presenter.

Date / time Activity
Dec. 22-23, 2010, 10:00 a.m. Piano master classes, Navon Hall
Dec. 29, 2010, 10:00 a.m. Piano master classes, JMC