Tzimon Barto | Piano · Biography
Tzimon Barto is committed to combining poetry and music, both as a pianist and in his writings; this is also apparent in his musical interpretations. He takes an exceedingly personal and unconventional approach, captivating audiences with his zeal, exquisite sense of tonal colour and subtle nuances. A colourful, surpassingly varied range of expressive elements from feather-light melodic lines to expressive chord series characterise his playing.
As one of the foremost American pianists, Tzimon Barto plays to a loyal fan following on both sides of the Atlantic. His international breaththrough came in the mid-1980s when he performed in the Wiener Musikverein and the Salzburger Festspielen at the invitation of Herbert von Karajan. Tzimon Barto has since performed with nearly every major international orchestra. He also regularly appears at prominent festivals.
His long-time close collaboration and friendship with conductor Christoph Eschenbach has given him a unique understanding of music.
Wolfgang Rihm dedicated his 2nd piano concerto to Tzimon Barto. The original premiere was performed at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2014 together with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester followed by a tour through Germany and Italy. Following the first performance of the concert in the USA with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, it will be presented to audiences in Munich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Freiburg.
Tzimon Barto's extensive discography includes albums featuring works by Haydn, Rameau, Ravel, Schubert, Tschaikowsky et al. His latest recordings are dedicated to the Busoni edition of the Goldberg variations as well as the Paganini variations. The seldom heard piano concerto by Hans Pfitzner in e-flat major has been released by himself and the Dresden Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann.
Born and raised in Florida, Tzimon Barto received his first lessons from his grand mother at the age of five. He studied under the famous pedagogue and pianist Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School in New York. While at Juilliard, he won the Gina Bachauer competition two consecutive years in a row.
He is also very dedicated to promoting contemporary music and created the international composition competition for piano solo – the "Barto Prize" in 2006.
Tzimon Barto speaks five languages fluently, reads ancient greek, latin and hebrew, and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese. He published his first book "Woman of Greek Origin" in 2001, which was republished in 2008. A stage version of this book was performed in Frankfurt and Vienna, and has been issued as a DVD by Oidium. In 2010, his novel Harold Flanders was published.
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