Alon Goldstein, piano
Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive artists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality. Alon’s artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and returned a few seasons ago with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt in Beethoven Concerto No. 1. In recent seasons Mr. Goldstein has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver, Kansas City and North Carolina Symphonies, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and orchestras on tour in Paris, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria.
His 2015-2016 season begins with performances at the Ravinia Festival and New York’s International Keyboard Festival, followed by a tour of China with the Amber String Quartet. He will be performing with the Alabama, Knoxville, Fairfax, Spokane and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestras among others. He will also be heard in solo recitals and with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio and the Tempest Trio in chamber music concerts throughout the world including appearances in Israel, Romania, England, Germany, Ecuador, China and across the United States. In the fall of 2015 Naxos will release his recording of Mozart Piano Concertos No. 20 and No. 21 with the Fine Arts Quartet. A passionate advocate for music education, his recent teaching engagements have included posts at The Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival and The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, in addition to extended educational residencies across the country.
The past few seasons included the release of Mr. Goldstein’s acclaimed Centaur recording of Mendelssohn Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yoav Talmi, which was preceded by an enthusiastically-received 17-concert Latin American tour with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Other highlights included an appearance as soloist with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia in the Mozart Double Concerto, K. 365 with Katherine Jacobson Fleisher as well as in the Triple Concerto, K. 242 with Leon Fleisher and Ms. Jacobson Fleisher. A few months earlier, he appeared at the prestigious Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany performing the Britten Diversions and the Poulenc Double Concerto with Mr. Fleisher, his former teacher, conducting.
Among many memorable recent experiences were nation-wide performances with the Tokyo Quartet on their final tour appearances, and the premiere Lost Souls with the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern written for him by the noted young Israel composer Avner Dorman. Highlights of recent seasons also included his successful debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski playing Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1, a return to the IRIS Orchestra for Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with Michael Stern, performances of Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with Jaime Laredo and the Vermont Symphony and Concerto No. 2 with the Toronto Symphony. He was also heard in Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Leon Fleisher conducting. Among his recital and chamber music concerts were critically-acclaimed performances in Beijing, Guatemala City, Kent, Chicago, Los Angeles, Coral Gables, Seattle, St. Paul, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
He made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Mozart Triple Concerto with Joseph Kalichstein and Shai Wosner, as well giving the world premiere of a concerto by Mark Kopytman with Avner Biron and the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra. Mr. Goldstein was a featured panelist at a recent Conference of the League of American Orchestras discussing his Beethoven concerto cycle with the Rockford Symphony, which expanded the traditional concert experience to a multi-media presentation contextualizing Beethoven’s life and work, and resulted in unprecedented attendance and a subsequent surge in subscriptions.
Mr. Goldstein has appeared at the Gilmore, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Marlboro, Seattle, and Steamboat festivals in the United States as well as Prussia Cove the Verbier Festival and Klavier Festival in Rühr. He performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Millennium Park in Chicago with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Over the past several years he has also taught and played at the “Tel Hai” international piano master classes held in Israel.
He is the winner of numerous competitions, among them the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Nena Wideman Competition in the US and the Francois Shapira competition in Israel. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant and the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC chose a live recording of one of Mr. Goldstein’s recitals there for its first CD release. Other recordings include solo recital programs through the Jerusalem Music Center “Mishkenot Sha’ananim” and the Israeli Music Institute featuring works by Israeli composers. Mr. Goldstein graduated from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Leon Fleisher and served as his assistant – a position assigned only to his most exceptional students.
“Every Mozart concerto is equally inspiring. A few are equally more inspiring… Such is the concerto no 21. An opera that comes to life in front of our ears. Piano and orchestra immersed in conversation – singing, arguing, laughing, crying – infinite variety of emotions and interactions that unfold with divine beauty. I always feel incredibly fortunate when I sit on stage with this concerto.”