Highly acclaimed for his sensitivity, virtuosity and profound musical interpretation, Arnon Erez has gained a worldwide reputation as an outstanding pianist.
Erez’s thirty years long partnership with violinist Hagai Shaham, began by winning the first prize at the Munich ARD International Duo Competition in 1990. That has led to numerous concerts and recordings, warmly praised by the critics: "A superb partnership ... the sheer verve of the playing is irresistible." - The Gramophone
He is a member of the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch - with violinist Hagai Shaham and cellist Raphael Wallfisch. Founded in 2009, the trio has achieved critical acclaim with their CD recordings and was invited to play the complete Beethoven Piano Trios at the Wigmore Hall for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year.
He has performed in numerous major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in NY, Beethoven Halle in Bonn, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Herkulessaal in Munich, Musikverein in Vienna, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the New Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and London's Wigmore Hall. Arnon Erez has appeared in major festivals around the world, and as a soloist he has performed with various orchestras including Israel Philharmonic. In addition, he has given many recitals and recorded for radio and television stations in Germany, Austria, France, Holland, Israel, Turkey, China, Mexico and Brazil.
His discography has won much praise and a BBC Music Magazine Choice. It includes: Piano Trios (Nimbus records) by: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Dvorak, Ravel, Faure, Rachmaninov, Arenski and Shostakovich. Violin and Piano Duets (Hyperion records) by: Grieg, Bloch, Debussy, Janacek, Dohnanyi, Hubay, Weiner, Achron, Bruno Walter, Hanns Eisler, Pizzetti, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and the Brahms-Joachim Hungarian dances. The Complete Cello and Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
He studied in Israel with Mrs. Hana Shalgi, Prof. Michael Boguslavski and Prof. Arie Vardi, graduating from Tel Aviv University, and later took an advanced course in chamber music with the Guarneri Quartet in the U.S.A.
Currently, Erez is a professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University and heads the Chamber Music Department.
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