Tzimon Barto, piano

Recognized 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. Born and raised in Florida, Tzimon Barto received his first piano lessons from his grandmother at the age of five, and later 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. Additionally, Tzimon Barto was a conducting fellow and coach for the American Opera Center. At the Tanglewood Institute, he received the "Most Outstanding Student Award", presented by Gunther Schuller for his achievements as a young conductor.

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 Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and the Chicago, Houston, National, and San Francisco symphonies, as well as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Hamburg NDR Symphony Orchestra, 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 in the USA or the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. For twenty-five years, he has had a close musical collaboration and friendship with the conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

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's CD recordings for Ondine include keyboard pieces by Rameau (ODE 1067-2) and piano works by Haydn (ODE 1154-2) and Ravel (ODE 1095-2), as well as a Schumann disc featuring Tzimon Barto as soloist of the NDR Sinfonieorchester and as piano duo partner of Christoph Eschenbach (ODE 1162-2). Further releases on EMI and Capriccio feature concertos by Ravel, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Liszt, de Falla, Saint-Saëns, Chopin, Bartók, and Gershwin, as well as solo recitals of works by Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt, in addition to popular encores, with music ranging from Bach to Joplin.

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 of His first book, A Lady of Greek Origin, was first published in 2001. A stage version of this book was performed in Frankfurt and Vienna, and has been released on DVD. Harold Flanders, a novel, was published in 2010.

More information:
Official Website
Künstlersekretariat Schoerke
Mark Stephan Buhl Artists Management
Maren Borchers - For Artists

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Franz Liszt : Grandes études de Paganini, s. 141
Johannes Brahms: Paganini Variations, Op. 35
Witold Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations For Two Pianos (both piano parts recorded by Barto)
Sergei Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody, Op. 43

Tzimon Barto, piano
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
ODE 1230-2D

Released 02/2014

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Remembering JFK - 50th Anniversary Concert
Bernstein · Lieberson · Gershwin

Richard Dreyfuss, narrator
Tzimon Barto, piano
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach
ODE 1190-2D
includes excerpts from the 1961 Inaugural Concert broadcast

Released 05/2011

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Robert Schumann
Introduction & Allegro appassionato
Geistervariationen for piano solo
Introduction & Concert-Allegro
Six Etudes in Canonic Form (arr. Debussy)

Tzimon Barto, piano
NDR Sinfonieorchester
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor and piano
ODE 1162-2

Released 02/2010

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Unexpected Encounters
A Selection of Piano Sonatas by Joseph Haydn

Tzimon Barto, piano
ODE 1154-2

Released 09/2009

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