Alexander Tamir was born as Alexander Wolkovsky on 2 April 1931, in Vilnius, Lithuania. For many years Alexander Tamir has been a pivotal figure in the musical life of Israel. He is professor of piano and head of the Hephzibah Menuhin piano chair and Eden-Tamir two-piano chair at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, president of the Chopin society in Israel, Director of the Voice of Music young artists competition and Artistic Director of the the Ein Kerem Music Centre, Jerusalem. Half a century ago, he formed a piano duo with the late Bracha Eden, which became world-famous and remained active until Bracha Eden’s death. The duo studied with Victor Babin and Vitya Vronsky and won the international Vercelli duo competition in Italy.
The worldwide performances and research by the Eden-Tamir Duo were instrumental in molding today’s approach to the artistry of duo pianism; their contribution to expanding duo repertoire was remarkable. Inter alia, they were responsible for introducing Lutoslawski’s Paganini Variations and, at the suggestion of Stravinsky, were the first to perform and record the two-piano version of “The Rite of Spring”. The duo’s many prizes include “Grand Prix du Disque.”