Boaz Sharon

Chair of Piano Department; Professor of Music, Piano | bsharon@bu.edu | 617.353.3474

Room 409, 855 Commonwealth Avenue

SharonStudied with Stefan Askenase, Brussels, Belgium; University of Texas, Austin; MM Piano Performance, Boston University.

Boaz Sharon is Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano at Boston University and Director of the Young Artists Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  Born in Tel Aviv, Israel Boaz Sharon studied from the age of 13 with Stefan Askenase – famed interpreter of Chopin and Mozart–in Brussels, Belgium. He later pursued his piano studies in the US with Leonard Shure.

Sharon, who is First Prize winner and gold medalist of the Jaen International Piano Competition, is an international recording artist for Nonesuch, Hyperion, Arcobaleno and Unicorn-Kanchana Records. His recordings release on Nonesuch/Asylum/Warner Bros. was cited as among the best recordings of the Year by Newsweek Magazine and was cited by the New York Times as “beautifully recorded and played.”

Among concerts given have been performances in the Taipei National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan, Steinway Celebrity Series, London, Phillips Collection and National Gallery, Washington, D.C., Liszt International Piano Festival, Rio de Janeiro the Chapelle Historique Piano Series, Montreal and the Gasteig Hall, Munich.

Boaz Sharon was formerly Pianist-in-Residence at Duke University, and Professor of Piano at the University of Florida. He is a frequent judge at competitions including the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition, Prague, the Liszt International Piano Competition, Moscow, and the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain and the “Composers of Spain” International Competition, Madrid.

Having founded and then directed the Prague International Piano Masterclasses for 13 years, he is also on the artist faculty of the Ruza International Piano Festival in Russia, and was co-founder and on the faculty of the International Certificate for Piano Artists (sponsored by the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, Paris).

Sharon is Honorary Fellow at Charles University, Prague. In 2009 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory in Beijing.

In recent years Sharon has given a recital and orchestral tour of 13 concerts in Russia from the Far East to Moscow, which included several performances with the Ural State Philharmonic.  He was on the artist faculty of the International Piano Academy at Seoul National University, South Korea, appeared on MBC-TV in South Korea, and presented recitals at the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Ruza International Piano Festival, Russia, the Nordic Piano Festival, Sweden, Yamaha Hall, New York City, Yamaha Hall, Seoul, South Korea and at the Bergamo International Festival, Italy.

In the 2012-13 Sharon will be giving concerts in Tel Aviv, Israel, London, England and at the Sichuan International Piano Festival, China for which he is Artistic Director and will give a masterclass at the Royal College of Music, London and will be in residency at the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.

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