April 6, 2010
Pianist Uriel Tsachor will be the soloist in UI Symphony concert April 21
Pianist Uriel Tsachor, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be the soloist in a free concert by the UI Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Under the direction of William LaRue Jones, the orchestra will perform Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90, before Tsachor is featured in the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, by Chopin.
The 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth is being celebrated this season throughout the classical music world.
Tsachor, the head of the piano area in the UI School of Music, is an internationally active soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He 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. The critic of Munich's SuddeutscheZeitung called him, "a musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry."
Tsachor was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with prestigious European orchestras including the Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the RAI Orchestra of Turin. He has also performed with all the major orchestras in Israel, his native country.
Winner of the Bosendorfer-Empire Concours (1986) and the Concorso Busoni (1985), 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 encompasses 22 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, Bartok, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorak.
Swiss Radio International selected Tsachor's recording of the Schumann Quintet for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to more than 800 radio stations worldwide. In a recent issue 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 Tsachor's recording along those of Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Schnabel, Artur Rubinstein and other significant pianists. The article described Tsachor as a "Master Pianist."
For a biography of Jones, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/CONDjones.htm.
The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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