Tzimon Barto
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Short Biography
The connection between poetry and music is for Tzimon Barto of utmost importance and meaning, both as a pianist and in his writings. This is also apparent in his musical interpretations: he takes an exceedingly personal and unconventional approach, captivating audiences with his zeal, exquisite sense of tonal color, subtle nuances and a superb technique. A colorful, surpassingly varied range of expressive elements from feather-light melodic lines to expressive chord series characterize his performance.

Wolfgang Rihm dedicated his Second Piano Concerto to Tzimon Barto. The piece was premiered at the Salzburger Festspiele 2014 with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, followed by a tour in Germany and Italy. After the American premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, it will be and was presented to audiences in Munich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Freiburg. It has also been performed in 2016/17, as part of his residency with the SWR Symphonieorchester. The joint season with the orchestra was highlighted by the interpretation of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto under Jakub Hrusa and an extremely successful tour of Spain, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto. At the start of the 2017/18 season, Barto will be on tour with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie under Jukka-Pekka Saraste with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Other season highlights include his performances at La Scala Milan as well as his Brahms piano concertos in Hong Kong and Malmo. In addition to many concerts in Europe and Asia, he will also be performing in South America.

In 2006 he initiated “The Barto Prize”, promoting contemporary piano compositions in a bi-annual international competition and integrates the winning composition in his concert schedule.

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