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Tzimon Barto


Recognized as one of the foremost American pianists of his generation, Tzimon Barto has been giving exciting and highly acclaimed performances on both sides of the Atlantic. Born and raised in Florida, Tzimon Barto received his first piano lessons from his grandmother at the age of five, and later attended the Juilliard School of Music, studying piano with Adele Marcus. While at Juilliard he won the Gina Bachauer Competition two consecutive years. Additionally, Tzimon Barto was a conducting fellow and coach for the American Opera Center. At the Tanglewood Institute, he received the "Most Outstanding Student Award," presented by Gunther Schukker for his achievements as a young conductor.

Tzimon Barto's international breakthrough followed in the mid 1980s, when he appeared at the Vienna Musikverein and the Salzburg Festival at the invitation of Herbert von Karajan. Tzimon Barto has since performed with nearly every major international orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and the Chicago, Houston, National, and San Francisco symphonies, as well as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Dresdem Staatskapelle, Hamburg NDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, ONE Madrid, and NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. Tzimon Barto is a frequent guest at major festivals such as the Ravinia Festival in the USA or the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. For twenty-five years, he has had a close musical collaboration and friendship with the conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

Tzimon Barto has already recorded numerous albums, many of them for EMI, and recently on the Ondine label. On his more recent recordings, he presents keyboard pieces by Rameau and piano works by Ravel. Further releases feature concertos by Ravel, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Falla, Saint-Saëns, Chopin, Bartók, and Gershwin, as well as solo recitals of works by Chopin, Schumann and Liszt, as well as popular encores, with music ranging from Bach to Joplin. His latest releases for Ondine are dedicated to selected piano sonatas by Haydn as well as to Schumann. The Schumann recording features Tzimon Barto as soloist of the NDR Sinfonieorchester and as duo partner of Christoph Eschenbach (piano). A recording with works by Schubert is to follow in autumn 2010.

Tzimon Barto has always been actively involved in contemporary music and created an international composition competition for piano solo in 2006 - the "Barto Prize".

Tzimon Barto speaks five languages fluently, reads ancient Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, and is studying Mandarin Chinese. In addition to his career as a pianist, he is also a writer. His first book a lady of Greek origin was published in 2001, and recently re-published by Jan Oidium Press. A stage version of this book was performed in Frankfurt and Vienna, and has been issued as a DVD by Oidium. Oidium Press will also be publishing Harold Flanders, a novel, in the spring of 2010.

January 21, 2011
Tzimon Barto