Winner of the Bronder Prize for Piano
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 7 p.m.
Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
Hailed for his “…formidable virtuosity and stylistic sensitivity” (Washington Post), Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman has recently won the First Prize in the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He also won the Washington Performing Arts Prize, which will co-present his Kennedy Center debut, as well as five concert prizes: the Buffalo Music Society Prize, the Harriman-Jewell Series Prize (MO), the Sunday Musicale Prize (NJ), the Usedom Music Festival Prize (Germany), and the Vancouver Recital Society Prize. Tomer is also the first-prize winner in the 64th Wideman International Piano Competition that took place in December 2014 in Shreveport, LA. Tomer is also the most recent winner of the America - Israel Cultural Foundation's Aviv Competition that took place in December 2013, where he won both the piano prize named after Rafi Guralnik and the audience prize named after Meira Gera.
In June 2014, he won the third prize in the inaugural Midwest Piano Competition in Iowa. In June 2010, he won the "Clairmont" competition in Israel; both first prize, and a special prize for a commissioned piece for the competition. Later that year, Tomer won the first prize in the "Piano Forever" competition in Ashdod, which gave him, in addition to the financial award, a full scholarship to attend master classes in the USA, and an opportunity to perform as soloist with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra. Tomer has won first prizes in the Chopin competition for young pianists in Tel-Aviv, the "Rig'ey See" piano competition in Ashdod, the "Pnina Zaltzman Piano Competition for Young Pianists" in Kfar-Sava, and the "Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses" concerto competition. In addition, Tomer won first prize in the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition right after winning second prize in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, where he was the youngest competitor in his category. He has received top prizes in other international competitions such as the International Keyboard Institute Festival piano competition in New York, Arte Con Anima piano competition in Greece, and the International Baltic Piano Competition in Poland.
Since 2006, Tomer has received a biennial excellence scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and special scholarships by the Tzfunot Tarbut foundation, the Haifa Arts Foundation and the Buchmann – Heyman foundation. Tomer has participated and performed in prestigious international festivals, such as Yellowbarn, Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival and School, "PianoFest" in the Hamptons, "PianoTexas" in Fort Worth, Summit Music Festival in New York, International Academy of Music in Toscana, "Musica Mundi" chamber music festival in Belgium, "Tel – Hai" International Master Classes in Sde - Boker, Israel, and the International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York. He has performed in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Menahem Pressler, Dmitri Bashkirov, Nikolai Petrov and Paul Badura Skoda and many other world-renowned pianists and pedagogues. Tomer has performed in many recitals in Israel and abroad, some of which were broadcast on public radio. He made his London debut recital in London's "Steinway Hall," and his Paris debut recital in the Salle Cortot of the Ecole Normale. He was also invited to play in Nikolai Petrov's Kremlin Festival, where he played in various cities throughout Russia. His concerts as a soloist with orchestras in Israel include performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the New Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra. Performances in the U.S. include the Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. Tomer has also played a number of times under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Concerts this season include performances with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the North-West Florida Symphony Orchestra and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Tomer will play recitals in New York, Illinois, Maryland and Luisiana, as well as in Israel.
Tomer is currently working toward the Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York, as a student of Maestro Sergei Babayan. He is a proud recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship award. Prior to Juilliard, He studied for one year at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He completed the Bachelor of Music degree with honors under the guidance of Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchman-Mehta Academy of music in Tel-Aviv. Tomer started his musical education at the age of 8, with Ms. Raaya Shpol at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, and continued his piano studies with Prof. Vadim Monastirski from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem.
From 2008 to 2011, Tomer served in the Israeli Defense Forces, in the "Outstanding Musician" program, where he combined regular military service, with extensive music studies in the university.