An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway Artist and heads the piano area at the University of Iowa where he teaches a diverse and international studio of undergraduate and graduate students in the piano performance and pedagogy programs. Many of Tsachor's former students teach in colleges and universities throughout the world and are thriving in their music making careers.
"A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry," (SüddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity.
Tsachor was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with such prestigious European orchestras as the Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the RAI Orchestra of Turin. He has also performed with all the major orchestras in Israel. Tsachor has performed numerous times over twenty-five different concerti.
Since his Lincoln Center debut with the New York City Symphony, described by The New York Times as "glittering brilliance," Tsachor has been performing throughout the United States as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. In recent seasons, Tsachor's performances in the US and Europe focused on works by Beethoven including the complete Piano Trios, the "Triple Concerto" and the HammerKlavier Sonata, as well as major works by Schumann including the Fantasy op. 17, Humoreske op. 20 and the F minor sonata op. 14. Tsachor has also toured Taiwan as recitalist and has performed in major halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Uriel Tsachor has recorded many programs for radio and television stations in the United States, Israel and several countries in Europe.
Winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours (1986) and the Concorso Busoni (1985), and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Tsachor is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate.
Tsachor's discography encompasses twenty-two releases for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.
Swiss Radio International selected one of Tsachor's Schumann recordings for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to over 800 radio stations worldwide.
Uriel Tsachor's chamber music recordings include three cello and piano sonatas by Barber, Schnittke and Britten on the EMS label. For the past 16 years Uriel Tsachor and violinist Andrew Hardy have been performing together throughout the US and Europe at important concert venues and chamber music festivals. In addition to performing virtually all the works for violin and piano by the major composers, the duo has also performed and recorded many obscure and rarely heard works. They recorded the violin and piano sonatas by Schumann including the rarely performed Third Sonata, as well as sonatas by Reger and Strauss for the London based label OLYMPIA, and the complete violin-piano sonatas by Brahms released on the CALLIOPE label in Paris. This set includes Brahms' own violin and piano arrangements of the clarinet sonatas op. 120 as well as the FAE Scherzo. In January 2006, the Musique en Wallonie label released the duo's 4-CD set of the eight sonatas by various well-known and obscure composers dedicated to Ysaÿe, the great Belgian violinist. This project was sponsored by major grants from the Belgian government. The set was enthusiastically reviewed by the European press and the Diapason magazine in Paris described Tsachor as "a pianist of great sensitivity and perfect musicianship" (August 2006.)
In addition to his eighteen years experience teaching at the University of Iowa, Tsachor has taught many solo and chamber music masterclasses in the United States, Europe and Taiwan and most recently presented masterclasses at Indiana University School of Music.
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