Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Concert Hall
221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423
AVIRAM REICHERT, piano
Aviram Reichert - acclaimed for his deeply intelligent interpretations, phenomenal technique and ravishing tone – won the Bronze Medal at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, after having won several major competitions in the Far East, France and Germany.
Reichert performed as soloist with the leading orchestras in his native country, Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic, Haifa Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony. His prize-winning participation in competitions in Japan and Korea brought him numerous concert engagements in the Far East where he has been earning immense applause for nearly 30 years, performing with the Tokyo Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, the KBS, the Korean Symphony orchestra, the Daegu and Suwan Symphony Orchestras, to name a few. He has also performed with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, all the major orchestras in South Africa, and numerous orchestras in the United States. Conductors he has worked with include Sergiu Commissiona, James Conlon, Peter Bay, James De Priest, Leslie Dunner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Lockington, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Emmanuel Krivine, Meir Minsky, Mendi Rodan, Leon Botstein, Kevin Rhodes, Barry Wordsworth, Guillermo Figueroa, Michele Carulli, and Kim Daejin.
Described as “a big player with all the tension of a coiled spring suddenly unsprung….he has heft and he has poetry...”, in recital, Reichert has performed throughout the United States, Israel, South Africa, the Far East and Europe, where an appearance at the Herkules-Saal in Munich elicited an enthusiastic ovation and high critical praise. Festival performances include the Ruhr and Epinal Music festivals, Tokyo Summer festival, Bear Valley, CA, Durango and Steamboat Springs, Ravinia festival, the Fontana and the Gilmore Keyboard festivals. A fine chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as Anne Akiko Meyers, Maya Beiser, Guy Braunstein,Yuri Gandelsman, Vadim Gluzman, Dylana Jenson, Bill Purcell, Philippe Quint, Ron Selka, Chen Halevi, Song young Hoon, Mathieu Dufour and Sejong Solosits.
Reichert can be heard on a Harmonia Mundi CD featuring highlights of his prize-winning solo performance at the Van Cliburn Competition, a Jerusalem Music Center label (JMC) featuring two Schubert Sonatas, and Mozart concerti with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra under the baton of Mischa Semanitzky. He has recorded Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and Brass quintet with the Spectrum Brass Quintet, released in 2009 and more recently a CD of cello and piano music by Brahms and Schumann.
In addition to his busy performing career, Reichert is a sought-after teacher frequently invited to conduct master-classes and teach in summer academies in Europe, Japan, Korea, China, South Africa, Israel and the United States. From 2001-2008 he held the positions of Associate Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He is currently serving as Professor of Piano and co-chair of piano departement at Seoul National University, College of Music, where more than thirty of his students have won major national and international awards.
Aviram Reichert, a Steinway artist, studied at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv with Professor Arie Vardi.