Aviram Reichert (Israel/USA/Korea)
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. Today, Reichert is a frequent 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 15 years, performing with the Tokyo Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, the Korean Symphony orchestra, and the Daegu Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, the major orchestras in South Africa, and numerous orchestras in the United States. Conductors he has worked with include the late Sergiu Commissiona, James Conlon, Peter Bay, James De Priest, Leslie Dunner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Lockington, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Emmanuel Krivine, Meir Minsky, Leon Botstein, Kevin Rhodes, Barry Wordsworth, Guillermo Figueroa, Michele Carulli, and Kim Daejim.
Aviram’s past season includes performances of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Tacoma Symphony, and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra. After a performance of Manuel de Falla’s evocative Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Grand Rapids Symphony under the baton of David Lockington, Reichert was described as “a big player with all the tension of a coiled spring suddenly unsprung….he has heft and he has poetry.” He also performed recently as guest pianist with New York’s renowned Sejong Soloists, toured with the celebrated Korean cellist,Young Hoon Song, playing the two Brahms Cello Sonatas, and was the soloist in Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 and the Gershwin Concerto in F at the prestigious Seoul Arts Center. In July 2011, Aviram once again took part in the chamber music program at Durango’s Music in the Mountains festival, where he was resident pianist for eight years, and played Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. In October 2011, Aviram was a guest artist of the Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s JAAMM Festival (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music) in a recital at Denver’s Newman Center performing Beethoven Sonatas and the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Colorado Chamber Players.
In recital, Reichert has performed throughout the United States, Israel, South Africa, the Far East and in 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, CO, 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 and Philippe Quint.
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 on CD in 2009.
In addition to his busy performing career, Reichert is a sought-after teacher who is frequently invited to conduct master-classes in Japan, Korea, 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 Associate Professor of Piano at Seoul National University, College of Music.
Aviram Reichert, a Steinway artist, studied at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv with Professor Arie Vardi.