Vadim Monastyrski (Israel)
Vadim Monastyrski received his musical education from the Moscow Gnesin Institute under the guidance of Theodor Gutman (pupil of the legendary Henrich Neihaus). He is a Bronze medallist of Liszt – Bartok International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary in 1976, and a winner of a Gold medal at the Haendel International Festival in Halle, Germany in 1979.
“His performance of the Sonata in B – Minor by Liszt left us astounded. We were as though hypnotized. This masterpiece is the top of Liszt’s creative work. The canvas of music woven by the pianist seemed to consist of many intermitted picturesque images. His perfect technical skills allowed him to fulfill all his intentions.” Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem, Israel.
The extraordinary acclaim for Vadim Monastyrski’s recording of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies and Transcriptions won him the “Grand Prix du Disque” in 1980 at the International Competition of Recordings in Hungary. He made numerous Radio recordings for Lugano ( Swiss-Italian) Radio Station and Jerusalem (Israel) Music Radio Station.
“… understandable, and interesting, without interpreting himself…” Frankfurter Neue Press, Frankfurt, Germany.
A former professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), Vadim Monastyrski is an Honoured Artist of Russian Federation. He served as a member of many juries of national and international competitions, among them: Lissabon International Piano Competition, Hong Kong Piano International Competition, Rostropovich International Piano Competition in Orenburg (as chairman), Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Competition in Arizona, Liszt International Piano Competition in Germany.
Since 1991, Vadim Monastyrski has been a professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, and his students are consistently winners of many international competitions. From 2010 to 2013 Prof. Monastyrski was the Head of Piano Department of the Jerusalem Academy of Music.
Monastyrski’s engagements with orchestras include performances with such symphony orchestras as Budapest Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Leningrad Symphony, Lugano Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Jerusalem Symphony, Tel-Aviv Philharmonic, Johannesburg National Symphony, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.
He performed under the button of such renowned conductors as Jan Ferencik, Veronika Dudarova, Sergei Provatorov, Dmitri Serov, Dudu Shalon, Jose Serebrier, and Isaac Karabtchevsky.
“The combination of virtuoso accomplishment and an artistic personality of remarkable stature is what places Monastyrski in a class all by himself.” Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem, Israel
Vadim Monastyrski is in high demand as a piano teacher that resulted in numerous invitations from international music festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and North America, among them: Burgos Music Festival (Spain); Les Musi Cimes (France), Summit Music Festival (NY, USA); Masters of Pont Levoy (France); Summer Academy of Music (St. Petersburg, Russia), etc. There he gave very successful performances as soloist and chamber musician and taught great number of international students. The geography of Monastyrski’s concert tours is wide and includes most continents of the globe. He performed on stages in Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA, China and Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Bashkortastan, Hungary.