Juror 2023

Arie Vardi

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Arie Vardi

Arie Vardi

Beginning his artistic career at the age of fifteen, Israeli born Arie Vardi went on to receive international acclaim as one of the country’s foremost pianists. After winning the Chopin Competition in Israel, he appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta; and upon winning the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, he played numerous concerts throughout Europe. Alongside his study of music at the Rubin Academy he succeeded in achieving a degree in law at Tel Aviv University. Vardi continued his piano studies in Basel with Paul Baumgartaner and studied composition with Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nadia Boulanger.

Vardi has performed widely as soloist with major orchestras under the baton of Semion Bychkov, Sergio Commissiona, Gustavo Dudamel, Lukas Foss, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Paul Paray, Paul Sacher, David Zinman and David Robertson, among others. Concert tours have taken him to Australia, Europe, the Far East, Latin America and the United States. He played together with Yo-Yo Ma, Radu Lupu, Joseph Silverstein, Yefim Bronfman, Pnina Salzman, Murray Perahia and András Schiff. In addition to his concert career, Vardi is a professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover and at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, where he served as Director and Chair of the piano faculty.

He has served as Artist-in-Residence at Juilliard and as guest professor at Yale and the Beijing University. Over 50 of his students have won first prizes at international competitions. For over 20 years he has been active as a conductor, performing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, and at major festivals in the USA, Europe and the Far East. He conducted and played a series of five concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, featuring 12 concerti ranging from Bach to the 21st century. He also performed alongside some of his former students the complete Beethoven sonatas.

Vardi is best known to television viewers for his series “Master Classes”, the family series of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which he conducted and presented, and currently for this new series “Intermezzo with Arie”. He has been on the jury in most of the leading international piano competitions, such as China, Cleveland, Hamamatsu, Leeds, Milan, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Munich, Beethoven in Bonn, Salt Lake City, Santander, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, Chopin in Warsaw, Van Cliburn and others.

Arie Vardi received the Minister of Education Award in Israel in 2004 for his lifetime achievement, as well as the 2017 “Israel Prize”. His RCA records have won international acclaim and prizes. His latest CD is the Mozart’s Triple Piano Concerto with Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu and Zubin Mehta.