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November 26, 29, 30 , 2009

Boaz Sharon

Navon Hall of JAMD



Prof. Boaz Sharon is Visiting Professor of Piano and Chairman of the Piano Department at Boston University and Director of Piano Studies at BUTI at Tanglewood. Prof. Sharon studied with renowned Mozart and Chopin interpreter Stefan Askenase, as well as with Willian Doppmann and Leonard Shure.

He was artist-in-residence at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina prior to joining the University of Florida faculty in 1986. In 1996 he launched the annual Prague International Piano Master classes and has served as its artistic director since its inception.

From 2002 to 2007, Prof. Sharon was a founding member and faculty member of the artist faculty for the International Certificate for Piano Artists program, affiliated with the École Normale de Musique de Paris-Alfred Cortot and held in Brussels, Paris and at the University of Florida.

He is first-prize winner and Gold Medalist at Spain's Jaen International Piano Competition. He is Honorary Fellow at Prague's Charles University. In 1998, Charles University presented him with the Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions in the piano field upon the university's 650th anniversary celebration. He was also awarded the 2005 Distinguished International Educator award from the University of Florida. He has served on the jury of the Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague and at the Composers of Spain International Piano Competition in Madrid.

Prof. Sharon maintains an active performance schedule and has performed at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, as part of the Steinway Celebrity Series at Britain's Kingston University, at the Gasteig Recital Hall in Munich, at the International Liszt Festival in Rio de Janeiro and at Prague's National Museum. He also has been featured with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra and has been heard on the "Steinway Hour" radio program and on National Public Radio. In 2004, he presented 14 recitals and concerts with orchestras from Russia's Far East, Siberia, the Ural Mountains, European Russia and Moscow. During that year he also appeared at Steinway Hall in New York City. Each year since he has returned to Moscow to participate in a piano festival at the Composers House of Creativity.

A Steinway Artist, Prof. Sharon has recorded for Nonesuch (Elektra/Warner Bros), Unicorn (London), Hyperion (London) and Arcobaleno (Brussels). Newsweek magazine listed Sharon's recording of Charles Koechlin's "Danses pour Ginger Rogers" among the 10 best recordings of the year. His concerts and records have been reviewed in The New York Times ("Beautifully recorded and played...,)" The Washington Post ("Superb techniqueÉmusicianly pianist...," and in the London Daily Telegraph ("In a class of his own...").

In the past two years Boaz Sharon has performed in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Prague and has given masterclasses at the Seoul National University and other universities in South Korea. He is a founding member and judge of the Liszt International Piano Competition, Moscow (2008/2009), and on the jury of the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain. He is currently on the piano faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the China Conservatory in Beijing, and at the Shenyang and Guangzhou Conservatories.

Date / time Activity
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:00 a.m. Piano master classes
Nov. 29, 2009, 10:00 a.m. Piano master classes
Nov. 30, 2009, 10:00 a.m. Piano master classes