Piano: Boaz Sharon

Boaz Sharon is Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano at Boston University and Director of the Young Artists Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sharon studied there with Emma Gorochov, and from the age of 13-19 with Stefan Askenase–famed interpreter of Chopin and Mozart–in Brussels, Belgium. He later pursued his piano studies in the US with William Doppmann and with Leonard Shure.

Sharon is a recording artist for Nonesuch, Hyperion, Arcobaleno and Unicorn-Kanchana Records. His record release of piano works by the French composer Charles Koechlin was cited as among the best recordings of the Year by Newsweek Magazine.

Among concerts given have been performances in the Taipei National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan, Steinway Celebrity Series, London, Phillips Collection and National Gallery, Washington, D.C., Liszt International Piano Festival, Rio de Janeiro and the Chapelle Historique Piano Series, Montreal.

Before his present position as Chair of the Piano Department at Boston University, he was Pianist-in-Residence at Duke University, and Professor of Piano at the University of Florida. He is a frequent judge at competitions including the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition, Prague, the Liszt International Piano Competition, Moscow, and the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain.  During 2010 he also judged international piano competitions in Serbia and in Sweden. In 2012 he will be on the jury of the Emil Gilels International Piano Competition, Odessa, Ukraine.

Having founded and then directed the Prague International Piano Masterclasses for 13 years, he is also on the artist faculty of the Ruza International Piano Festival in Russia, and was on the faculty of the International Certificate for Piano Artists (sponsored by the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, Paris).

He is first-prize winner and gold medalist at the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain, and received the Jubilee Medal from Charles University, Prague.  Since 2010 he is Artistic Advisor for the Bergamo International Festival in Italy.

Sharon is Honorary Fellow at Charles University, Prague. In 2009 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory in Beijing.

In recent years Sharon has given a recital and orchestral tour of 13 concerts in Russia from the Far East to Moscow. In 2010 he was on the artist faculty of the International Piano Academy at Seoul National University, South Korea. During 2011-12 Sharon will present recitals at the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Ruza International Piano Festival, Russia, the Nordic Piano Festival, Sweden, Yamaha Hall, New York City and at the Bergamo International Festival, Italy.