ALON GOLDSTEIN, piano
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Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive artists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality. Alon’s artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and returned a few seasons ago with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt in Beethoven Concerto No. 1. In recent seasons Mr. Goldstein has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver, Kansas City and North Carolina Symphonies, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and orchestras on tour in Paris, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria.
His 2016-2017 season begins with appearances at Music@Menlo performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Trio No. 2 with Paul Watkins and Elmar Olivera. Over the course of the season, he will be performing with the Costa Rica National Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Budapest Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic and Bucharest Philharmonic in Romania. He will also be heard in solo recitals and with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, Tempest Trio, Fine Arts Quartet and Ariel String Quartet in chamber music concerts throughout the world including appearances in Mexico, Central America and across the United States. A passionate advocate for music education, his recent teaching engagements have included posts at The Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival and The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, in addition to extended educational residencies across the country. In the fall of 2015, Naxos released his recording of Mozart Piano Concertos No. 20 and No. 21 with the Fine Arts Quartet to enthusiastic reviews.
Highlights of his 2015-2016 season included performances at the Ravinia Festival and New York’s International Keyboard Festival, followed by a tour of China with the Amber String Quartet. He appeared as soloist with the Alabama, Knoxville, Fairfax, Spokane and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestras among others. He was also heard in solo recitals and in chamber music concerts throughout the world including appearances in Israel, Romania, England, Germany, Ecuador, China and across the United States.
The past few seasons included the release of Mr. Goldstein's acclaimed Centaur recording of Mendelssohn Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yoav Talmi, which was preceded by an enthusiastically-received 17-concert Latin American tour with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Other highlights included an appearance as soloist with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia in the Mozart Double Concerto, K. 365 with Katherine Jacobson Fleisher as well as in the Triple Concerto, K. 242 with Leon Fleisher and Ms. Jacobson Fleisher. A few months earlier, he appeared at the prestigious Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany performing the Britten Diversions and the Poulenc Double Concerto with Mr. Fleisher, his former teacher, conducting.
Among many memorable recent experiences was the premiere Lost Souls with the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern written for him by the noted young Israel composer Avner Dorman;his successful debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski playing Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1, a return to the IRIS Orchestra for Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with Michael Stern, performances of Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with Jaime Laredo and the Vermont Symphony and Concerto No. 2 with the Toronto Symphony. He was also heard in Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Leon Fleisher conducting. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Mozart Triple Concerto with Joseph Kalichstein and Shai Wosner, as well giving the world premiere of a concerto by Mark Kopytman with Avner Biron and the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra.
Mr. Goldstein has appeared at the Gilmore, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Marlboro, Seattle, and Steamboat festivals in the United States as well as Prussia Cove the Verbier Festival and Klavier Festival in Rühr. He performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Millennium Park in Chicago with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Over the past several years he has also taught and played at the “Tel Hai” international piano master classes held in Israel.
He is the winner of numerous competitions, among them the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Nena Wideman Competition in the US and the Francois Shapira competition in Israel. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant and the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC chose a live recording of one of Mr. Goldstein’s recitals there for its first CD release. Other recordings include solo recital programs through the Jerusalem Music Center “Mishkenot Sha’ananim” and the Israeli Music Institute featuring works by Israeli composers. Mr. Goldstein graduated from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Leon Fleisher and served as his assistant – a position assigned only to his most exceptional students.