Baruch Meir (Israel/USA)
“Baruch Meir is an exceptional artist. He did a beautiful performance of my piano work entitled ‘A Little Suite for Christmas,’ which was distinguished by deep musical insights and consummate technical skill. It was certainly one of the very finest performances this work of mine has ever received.” – George Crumb, composer; 1968 Pulitzer Prize in Music; 2001 Grammy award; 2004 Musical America Composer of the Year.
Pianist Baruch Meir has performed extensively in Austria, China, England, France, Israel, Portugal, Serbia and throughout the United States. Meir has recently presented recitals at the Börsendorfer Saal, Vienna, Austria; Nixon Library; Bauman Auditorium, Newberg, Ore. (Bösendorfer Concert Series), Dixon Hall, New Orleans; Wise Auditorium, Jerusalem, Israel; Bates Recital Hall, Austin, Texas; Murphy Hall, Los Angeles and at the Toujours Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria. An associate professor of piano at the Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute, Meir maintains a busy teaching schedule in addition to his international concert career. In demand as a master class clinician, Meir toured Korea’s most prestigious music schools and universities including Seoul National University, Yonsei, Kookmin, Hanyang, Sunhwa, Kyoungbook and Seoul Arts High School. In addition, he toured at Shanghai Conservatory in China, the middle school affiliated with the conservatory in 2005, 2007, and 2014, the Music Academy in Vienna, the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, the Manhattan School of Music and various conservatories and universities in the United States.
A native of Israel, Meir is a summa cum laude graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance. He holds the Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from ASU. His teachers include Rachel Gordon, Valter Aufheuser, Pnina Salzman, Michael Bugoslavsky, Irina Zaritskaya and Robert Hamilton. Meir’s distinctions include the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Awards, the British Council fellowship, 1st place at the Klatzkin Competition for contemporary piano music and the ASU concerto competition, and additional awards in piano competitions worldwide. Meir is the founder, president and artistic director of the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions that he organized through partnerships between the Arizona Young Artist Committee, the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Bösendorfer and Yamaha piano companies, Arizona Piano Gallery and the Phoenix Symphony. Judges for the 2013 competition included pianists Sergei Babayan and Martha Argerich who will return to judge in the 2015 competition. More information about the competition at: http://Herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/pianocompetition
At Arizona State University, Meir maintains a class of outstanding pianists from all over the world. His students were awarded more than 50 prizes in various competitions within the past several years, including the Schmindbauer International Competition, Yamaha USasu International Senior and Junior Competition for Young Pianists, Young Concert Artist International Competition, Washington International Piano Artists Competition, and others.
Baruch Meir is one of only 65 artists worldwide named Bösendorfer Concert Artist since the founding of the company in 1828.