Uriel Tsachor

Professor Emeritus

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway Artist and heads the piano area at the University of Iowa where he teaches a diverse and international studio of undergraduate and graduate students in the piano performance and pedagogy programs. Many of Tsachor’s former students teach in colleges and universities throughout the world and are thriving in their music making careers. In addition, Tsachor taught many master-classes at major institutions in the United States, Europe and Taiwan. His teaching statement can be found at www.urieltsachor.com/teaching.html.

"A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry," (SüddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Uriel Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity.

Tsachor was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with such prestigious European orchestras as the Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the RAI Orchestra of Turin. He has also performed with all the major orchestras in Israel. Tsachor has performed numerous times over twenty-five different concerti.

Since his Lincoln Center debut with the New York City Symphony, described by The New York Times as "glittering brilliance," Tsachor has been performing throughout the United States as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. During the last seasons, Tsachor’s performances in the US and Europe focused on works by Beethoven including the complete Piano Trios, the “Triple Concerto” and the HammerKlavier Sonata. Tsachor has also toured Taiwan as recitalist and has performed in major halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen ElizabethHall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Uriel Tsachor has recorded many programs for radio and television stations in the United States, Israel and several countries in Europe.

Winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours (1986) and the Concorso Busoni (1985), and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Tsachor is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate.

Tsachor's discography ( www.urieltsachor.com) encompasses twenty-two releases for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.

Swiss Radio International selected Tsachor’s recording of the Schumann Quintet (Original version and piano solo arrangement) for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to over 800 radio stations world-wide. In a recent issue International Piano magazine in London included the disc in an article discussing the milestones in the recorded history of the work citing the importance of the recording along those of Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Schnabel, Artur Rubinstein and other significant pianists. The article described Tsachor as a “ Master Pianist.”

Uriel Tsachor's other chamber music discs include three cello and piano sonatas by Barber, Schnittke and Britten on the EMS label, violin and piano sonatas by Schumann, Reger and Strauss for the London based label OLYMPIA, and the complete violin-piano sonatas by Brahms released on the CALLIOPE label, all performed with violinist Andrew Hardy. In November 2005, the Musique en Wallonie label released the duo’s 4-CD set of the eight sonatas (by various composers) dedicated to Ysaÿe, the great Belgian violinist. This project was sponsored by a major grant from the Belgian government. The set was enthusiastically reviewed by the European press and the Diapason magazine in Paris described Tsachor as “a pianist of great sensitivity and perfect musicianship.” (August 2006.)

This season Tsachor is scheduled to perform recitals in Paris, Brussels and Luxemburg and on major University campuses in the United States.