Tzimon Barto | Piano · Biography
Recognised 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 in a row. 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" for his achievements as a young conductor.
Tzimon Barto's international breakthrough came 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 American orchestras in New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington, Boston and San Francisco, as well as famous orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony Orchestera, Dresden Staatskapelle, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic 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, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival as well as the Lucerne Festival. One of the highlights of the 2014/2015 season is the World Premiere of a new piano concerto by Wolfgang Rihm with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival. Afterwards, the concerto will be heard on a tour through Germany and Italy. The American premiere will be performed by Tzimon Barto and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington at the beginning of 2015.
For twenty-five years, Tzimon Barto has had a close musical collaboration and friendship with the conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
On his newest recording of Paganini Variations, Tzimon Barto shows that he is "a pianist who particularly cares about poetry" (Piano News 04/2014). Furthermore, Tzimon Barto recorded Hans Pfitzner's rarely performed Piano Concerto in E flat Major with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann and published a recording of Schumann's concert pieces and Ghost Variations. His extensive discography includes albums with works by Haydn, Rameau, Ravel, Schubert and Tchaikovsky.
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 re-published in 2008. A stage version of this book was performed in Frankfurt and Vienna, and has been issued as a DVD by Oidium. In spring 2010, his novel Harold Flanders was published.
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