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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. He 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.
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 Chicago, Houston, National, and San Francisco Symphonys, as well as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, 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 or the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. He is also well-known in Asia, especially China and repeatedly invited to play there, e.g. performing in Guangzhou and Shanghai in season 2012/2013. For twenty-five years, he has had a close musical collaboration with the conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
Tzimon Barto has already recorded numerous albums. On his more recent recordings, he presents keyboard pieces by Rameau and piano works by Ravel. Further releases feature concertos by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Liszt, de Falla, Saint-Saëns, Chopin, Bartók, Ravel and Gershwin, a project of selected sonatas by Haydn, as well as solo recitals of works by Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt, as well as popular encores, with music ranging from Bach to Joplin.
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.
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