Tzimon Barto
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Short Biography
Tzimon Barto is committed to combining poetry and music, 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 colour and subtle nuances. A colourful, surpassingly varied range of expressive elements from feather-light melodic lines to expressive chord series characterize his playing.

As one of the foremost American pianists, Tzimon Barto plays to a loyal fan following on both sides of the Atlantic. His international breakthrough came in the mid-1980s when he performed in the Wiener Musikverein and the Salzburger Festspielen at the invitation of Herbert von Karajan. Tzimon Barto has since performed with nearly every major international orchestra. He also regularly appears at prominent festivals.

Tzimon Barto's extensive discography includes albums featuring works by Haydn, Rameau, Ravel, Schubert, Tschaikowsky et al. His latest recordings are dedicated to the Busoni edition of the Goldberg variations as well as the Paganini variations.

He is also very dedicated to promoting contemporary music and created the international composition competition for piano solo – the "Barto Prize" in 2006.
Tzimon Barto speaks five languages fluently, reads ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew, and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese. He published his first book "Woman of Greek Origin" in 2001, which was republished in 2008. A stage version of this book was performed in Frankfurt and Vienna, and has been issued as a DVD by Oidium. In 2010, his novel Harold Flanders was published.

In the season 2016/17 Tzimon Barto is artist in residence with the SWR Symphony Orchestra and can be heard with a range of repertoire from Classical to Modern as well as in chamber music concerts.

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