Avinoam Shalev

Avinoam Shalev

Avinoam Shalev

Born in Israel in 1989, Avinoam began his piano studies at the age of six. He studied with Prof. Asaf Zohar at the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts in Givatayim, Israel. In 2011 he completed his B.A. with distinction in harpsichord performance and musicology from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Originally a modern piano major, Avinoam studied with Prof. Tomer Lev, and in 2009 moved to harpsichord, studying with Dr. Marina Minkin. In addition, he studied organ as a minor subject with Mr. Alexander Gorin.

On historical pianos, Avinoam has studied with various teachers. In Hannover, Germany he studied with Prof. Zvi Meniker. In 2009, Avinoam participated in a music course titled “towards the romantic era – the shift of paradigms around 1800” held at Schloß Kremsegg in Austria, which hosts a large collection of 18th-20th century original pianos. The teachers at this course were Prof. Bart Van Oort, Prof. Alexei Lubimov and Prof. Wolfgang Brunner. Avinoam has also participated in Accademia Villa Bossi project in Italy for which he received an excellence scholarship. This project includes master weekends with Prof. Van Oort.

Avinoam has played in harpsichord lessons for Mr. Kenneth Weiss, Mr. Roberto Gini and Mr. Matthew Halls. And, in the US, he played for Prof. Peter Sykes, Prof. John Gibbons and Mr. Gilbert Martinez.

In addition to historical keyboard instruments, Avinoam is also an established pianist. In 2008 Avinoam was invited to play a solo piano recital comprised entirely of Clara Schumann pieces in Saint-Étienne, France. In connection with this recital, he gave a concert-lecture and many recitals in Israel. He has taken solo piano lessons and masterclasses with Mr. Murray Perahia, Prof. Claude Frank, Prof. Jerome Lowenthal, Prof. Gilbert Kalish, Prof. Joseph Kalichstein and Prof. Emanuel Krassovsky, among others. In 2006, Avinoam performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mr. Menachem Nebenhaus on a European tour in Dunkerque, Brussels and Geneva.

Since 2009, Avinoam has been working as a pianist for the Israeli Opera House. His work there includes playing in rehearsals, outreach programs, voice lessons with Ms. Patricia McCaffrey, auditions, and in vocal coach lessons with, among others, Mr. David Stern. Avinoam has also been active in the Opera’s educational school programs. He has also served as a vocal coach for the young opera studio singers. And, most recently, worked as a sound-cue assistant. As part of his work with the Opera, Avinoam has also toured with two of the House’s soloists to Kiev and Moscow.

Avinoam has great interest in contemporary classical music. In 2005 he played in a world premiere of Israeli composer Zvi Avni’s “Mirage”, in 2006 was one of the players in Steve Reich’s “Sextet” in a masterclass held by the composer himself. In 2007 he played Pascal Dusapin’s Etude no. 5 at the Tel Aviv University Prize award ceremony, with the composer present. In his graduation recital he played a piece for harpsichord and electronics composed for him by Alona Epstein.

As part of his musical career, Avinoam co-organized the Jewish-Arab “Music Intercultural X-change” project which included workshops and performances in Haifa and Jaffa.

Avinoam is in the team of the Young Artists of the Accademia  Europea VILLA BOSSI in Bodio – Italy.


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