Professor Music, Piano
Studied with Stefan Askenase, Brussels, Belgium; University of Texas, Austin; MM in Piano Performance, Boston University
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 409
Boaz Sharon is Professor of Piano at Boston University. He is a Steinway Artist and Artistic Director of the Sichuan International Piano Festival, China.
An internationally renowned pianist and artist/teacher, he is the first prize winner and gold medalist of the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain. He is an annual artist/teacher at international piano festivals in San Juan, Puerto Rico and at the Illinois University Summer Piano Festival.
He studied in Brussels with Stefan Askenase, famed interpreter of Mozart and Chopin, and in the US with Leonard Shure.
A frequent judge of international competitions, Sharon will be judging the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest.
He has served on the juries of Top of the World Competition, Norway; Olga Kern International Piano Competition; Jaen International, Spain; Shanghai International E Competition; the Berliner Philharmoniker International; Rudolf Firkusny International, Prague; the Composers of Spain International Piano Competition, Madrid; Kaufman International, NYC; and he was Chairman of the Jury at the Sterinborgh National Competition in Xiamen, China. He also is a founder of the Liszt International Piano Competition in Moscow at the Central School of Music.
His students have won top prizes in international piano competitions including the Hamamatsu, Rubinstein Competition (Tel Aviv), Grieg (Norway), New Orleans International, Jaen (Spain), the Janacek International (Czech Republic), the prestigious Seoul Arts Center Award, Dallas International Piano Competition and the Moscow Liszt Competitions.
Boaz Sharon will be giving concerts this year at Cambridge University, UK; Northwestern University; Seoul National University; Royal College of Music, London; Harvard Club, NYC; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Bangkok; and at the Tel Aviv Museum and Jerusalem, Israel. Previously, he has performed at the Gastein Hall, Munich; Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vancouver; Dorothy Chandler Auditorium, Los Angeles; Steinway Celebrity Series, London; RTB Radio, Belgium; Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Brazil; University of Rio de Janeiro; Rudolfinum, Prague; Prague National Museum; Moscow Conservatory; Isabella Gardner Museum, Boston; and he performed with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra and with the Ural State Orchestra, Russia.
A frequent performer in China, Sharon has given recitals at the Shanghai Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, Beijing Concert Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Xiamen, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Tianjin, Chengdu and Dalian.
Sharon has given hundreds of masterclasses over the years including at Moscow Conservatory, Gnessin Institute (Moscow), Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory Royal Academy of Music (London), Stockholm Royal Academy, Seoul National University and Korean National Institute of the Arts, Seoul, Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy. He is a recipient of the Prague Charles University Medal –- one of ten given internationally for “significant contributions”.
Among lecture-recitals given on piano music by Claude Debussy and other French composers are the Juilliard School of Music, Moscow Conservatory, and the universities of Yale, Cambridge, Columbia, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley.
Sharon has been Director of the Sichuan International Piano Festival since 2012 and was artistic director of the Prague International Piano Masterclasses. For many years he was a faculty member of the International Pianist Certificate Artists program in Brussels, Belgium and at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. He is Honorary Professor at China Conservatory in Beijing.
Sharon recorded for the Nonesuch/Warner Brothers, Hyperion (London) and Unicorn (London) labels. His Nonesuch/Elektra Warner Bros. recording was mentioned as one of the Ten Best Recordings of the Year in Newsweek Magazine, was in a featured article in the New York Times, and the Washington Post called him “a pianist of superb technique and keen stylistic sense”. Of his 2016 concert at the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Arts a review said, “Right from the start of the first piece, Passecaille by Couperin-the audience became readily aware of a great master dialoguing with his arts and his instrument”.