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Celebrating Our Seventh Season!
Presented by the Happy Valley Cultural Center under the Artistic Direction of renowned harpist Heidi Lehwalder.

Chamber On The Mountain honors the traditional
while celebrating the innovative and the intermingling of nascent talent with venerated masters.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE

Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist

Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist
Photo by Christian Steiner

Sunday, September 22, 2019
3:00 pm / Logan House

(at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023

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Meet the Artist!
Reception will follow the performance.

 

General Admission $25.00

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BIOGRAPHY

Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist

Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist
Photo by Christian Steiner
 

First Prize, 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Washington Performing Arts Prize
Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize
Harriman-Jewell Series Prize
Sunday Musicale Prize
Usedom Music Festival Prize
Vancouver Recital Society Prize
First Prize, 2014 Wideman International Piano Competition (Louisiana)
Piano Prize and Audience Prize, 2013 America - Israel Cultural Foundation’s Aviv Competition


THE WASHINGTON POST:

"This concert highlighted both Gewirtzman’s formidable virtuosity and stylistic sensitivity. There was no doubt about his virtuoso credentials after this thrilling performance."

OBERON’S GROVE (New York):
AS SOLOIST WITH DAVID ROBERTSON CONDUCTING THE JULLIARD ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL
"In Bartok’s Concerto No. 3, the young pianist Tomer Gewirtzman embraced the jazzy phrases embedded in the score. He had poise and charm, and was at his best with virtuosic material. The music gets more intense as it goes on – and Mr. Gewirtzman really let loose, playing the dark passages with a lot of emotion."

OSTEE ZEITUNG (Germany):
"In addition to his bravura technical mastery,
Gewirtzman's playing was infused with subtle lyricism and ebullient passion"

OBERON’S GROVE (New York):
"It was a lively night at Carnegie Hall as Tomer Gewirtzman took the stage and skillfully serenaded a full house in the Weill Recital Hall. He flawlessly navigated technically demands and traversed delicate and fluid music with great poise."

 

Hailed by The Washington Post as an artist of “formidable virtuosity and stylistic sensitivity,” pianist Tomer Gewirtzman has impressed audiences around the world. His performances with orchestra have taken him from New York’s Carnegie Hall (the Bartok Concerto No. 3 with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by David Robertson), to Israel (with the Israel Philharmonic, Israel Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Israeli Chamber Orchestra and New Haifa Symphony Orchestra) to St. Petersburg, Russia (with the Mariinsky Orchestra) to locations throughout the U.S. (with the Charlottesville Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony, North-West Florida Symphony, Bucks County Symphony and South Arkansas Symphony).

Tomer Gewirtzman was selected to perform at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall for the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic, and at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Gala honoring the memory of Vera Stern. This season, he gives numerous performances and educational residences as a Fellow of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as Winner of Juilliard’s Leo B. Ruiz Memorial Recital Award.

 

 

 

Mr. Gewirtzman won First Prize and five performance prizes at the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and gave recital debuts on the YCA Series in New York and in Washington, D.C. (co-sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Series). He has also appeared in recital at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Saint Vincent College, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Harvard Musical Association, the Harriman-Jewell Series, the Virginia Arts Festival, in London’s Steinway Hall and in the Salle Cortot of the École Normale in Paris.

A favorite of music festivals, Mr. Gewirtzman has played with Nikolai Petrov’s Kremlin Festival throughout Russia, the International Academy of Music in Italy, the Musica Mundi Chamber Music Festival in Belgium, Germany’s Usedom Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail, Yellowbarn, Aspen Music, PianoFest and PianoTexas Festivals.

Tomer Gewirtzman’s many accolades at competitions include First Prize at Louisiana’s Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, the Piano Prize and Audience Prize at the America – Israel Cultural Foundation’s Aviv Competition, First Prize and a special prize for a commissioned piece at Israel’s Clairmont Competition, and First Prizes at the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Tel-Aviv. He has also received Top Prizes at the New York International Keyboard Institute Festival Piano Competition, Arte Con Anima Piano Competition in Greece and International Baltic Piano Competition in Poland.

Tomer Gewirtzman’s early music studies were at Haifa’s Rubin Conservatory and Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces in the “Outstanding Musician” program, where he combined regular military service with extensive University music studies. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Buchmann-Mehta school of music in Tel-Aviv, in the studio of Arie Vardi. Mr. Gewirtzman earned his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, where he worked with Sergei Babayan, won Juilliard’s Concerto Competition, and received the Kovner Fellowship award.

Tomer Gewirtzman is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.

 


Upcoming Performances

2019 - 2020 Series:
 

Arianna String Quartet
Arianna String Quartet

Michele Levin, Pianist
Michele Levin, Pianist

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Arianna String Quartet
and Michele Levin, Pianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo
Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo
Photo by Simon Shiff

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo

Leonard and Slava Grigoryan, Guitarists 

3:00 pm, Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Photo by Matt Dine

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist

ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM!

3:00 pm, Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Photo by Christian Steiner

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist

3:00 pm, Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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2020 - 2021 Series:

 

Hanzhi Wang, Accordianist
Hanzhi Wang, Accordianist
Photo by Matt Dine

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hanzhi Wang, Accordianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Jill Felber, Flutist
Jill Felber, Flutist

Dianne Frazer, Pianist
Dianne Frazer, Pianist

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Jill Felber, Flutist
and Dianne Frazer, Pianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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NEWS

Heidi Lehwalder, Artistic Director for Chamber On The Mountain,
Receives the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's (first-ever) 2018 Distinguished Alum Award

Heidi Lehwalder

Former SYSO musician Heidi Lehwalder is an internationally renowned harpist who has performed and taught around the globe. In recognition of Lehwalder's remarkable career and her ongoing dedication to coaching young musicians, SYSO is thrilled to present her with their first-ever Distinguished Alum Award at The Power of Music Benefit Luncheon, April 22, 2018.

Heidi Lehwalder's career highlights include:

  • First recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize (now the Avery Fisher Career Grant)
  • Only harpist to ever tour with the famed Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont
  • Served as Professor of Harp at the School of Music at the University of Washington
  • Appeared on Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on CBS at age 14
  • Performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras including: New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and, of course, Seattle Symphony where she has appeared 55 times 

Met Operaís New Concertmaster: The Canadian Violinist Nikki Chooi

Nikki Chooi

The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that its next concertmaster would be the young Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi,
who performed for Chamber On The Mountain on May 1, 2016. Mr. Chooi, 27, who was offered a one-year contract beginning next month,
will join the Metís other concertmaster, David Chan.
Read the Article that appeared in the New York Times, July 6, 2016

Congratulations Nikki!

The Real Star of the 2016 Grammys was Ji-Yong Kim, the Pianist from That Android Commercial

Watch Video of Ji-Yong Kim's Android Commercial

Ji, Pianist, performed for Chamber On The Mountain on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Wonderful News!!
Ji will be back to perform for us again on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 pm.
Purchase your Advance Reservations now!

Watch his phenomenal performance in a commercial that aired during the 2016 Grammy Awards Show.
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