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.