Gili Loftus was born in Toronto in 1989, and relocated to Israel in 1992.
Served in the IDF under the status of “Outstanding Musician”, and is a graduate of the Jerusalem Music Centre for young musicians. Began her studies at age 6 at the local conservatory in Mevaseret- Zion with Michael Mirminsky. Completed her undergraduate studies at the “Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance” in the class of Dr. Eitan Globerson, and completed her Master’s degree at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she double majored in Piano and Fortepiano – in the classes of Sara Laimon and Tom Beghin respectively.
Now continuing her doctoral studies, triple majoring in harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Has been a recipient of scholarships – for chamber music and solo performance – from the America–Israel cultural foundation since 2004. Attended regularly at the Interlochen summer festival for the arts, where she received numerous prizes for outstanding achievements on the piano. Won an award for “Outstanding Israeli Participant” in the Tel-Hai Piano Masterclasses in 2009. Won the first prize at the McGill Classical Concerto Competition for 2010, and performed with the McGill Sinfonietta under the baton of Maestro Alexis Hauser.
She took part in a second collaboration with Alexis Hauser in a concert celebrating the 85th anniversary of Pierre Boulez. Took part in masterclasses with Murray Perahia, Dmitri Bashkirov, Richard Goode, and Mr. Bernard Greenhouse among others. Attended masterclasses on the Fortepiano with Zvi Meniker and Bart Van Oort and has studied privately with Malcolm Bilson. Has taken part in the seminar “History, music and memory” – specializing in the study and performance of works written by composers who died in the Holocaust. Has played in numerous live broadcast concerts on the “Kol Hamusica” national radio station in Israel, and more recently – performed with the period instrument orchestra “L’Orchestre Symphonique de la Vallée-Du-Haut-Saint-Laurent”. In June 2013 performed with an ensemble of recent McGill graduates at the Boston early Music Festival as part of the Young Players Festival of Early Music America.
Following that, proceeded to win the second prize as well as the audience prize at the 2013 Musica Antiqua Fortepiano Competition in Bruges, Belgium. Is currently studying for her doctoral degree ay McGill on the harpsichord (with Prof. Hank Knox and Prof. Alex Weiman) as well as the piano and piano-forte. This three-fold perspective has opened new paths for interpretative and historical exploration, which earned Gili a distinguished SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) research scholarship. Upcoming engagements include a recital concert with violinist Davide Monti as part of the 2014 edition of the Festival Montrèal Baroque, as well as a solo recital to be given as part of the Jacques-Dansereau series at Salle Bourgie, Montreal.
She is in the team of the Young Artists of the Accademia Villa Bossi in Bodio (Varese – Italy).