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Niv Ashkenazi



Biography

Niv Ashkenazi, winner of the 2010 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, had his Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall in March 2010. He has won numerous competitions, including the Culver City Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition with whom he appeared as a soloist in March 2008. Upon hearing him play, the University Women at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles invited him to perform a recital as part of the Young Artists Concert Series in March 2009. As recipient of the 2007 VSA International Young Soloists Award, he performed at the Kennedy Center and was later invited to perform at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2009, VSA invited Mr. Ashkenazi to perform for the 2009 Congressional Arts Breakfast held in conjunction with National Arts Advocacy Day. He has performed at fundraisers for various organizations, including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Dinner, HOLA, and Shane’s Inspiration. Currently a junior at The Juilliard School studying with Stephen Clapp and Ronald Copes, Mr. Ashkenazi was awarded the Lester Lanin Scholarship. He has studied previously with Linda Rose, Amy Hershberger, Joyce Osborn, and Idell Low, and has performed in master classes with such artists as Joel Smirnoff, Vadim Gluzman, Haim Taub, and Evgenia Maria Popova. Chamber music teachers with whom he has studied include Nick Eanet, Lewis Kaplan, Earl Carlyss, and Ellen DePasquale. He has also attended the Encore School for Strings. Venues at which he has performed include Disney Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Royce Hall, under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, James Depreist, Alexander Treger, John Williams, and Ron Leonard.
Niv Ashkenazi