Itamar Golan - Musician
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1970, Itamar Golan is a prestigious Israelite pianist. Son of Israelite parents, his family returned to their homeland when Golan was one year old and it was there that he began his piano lessons, with Lara Vodozov and Emmanuel Krasovsky. At only 7, he gave his first concerts in Tel Aviv. At 15, he moved to the United States, studying at the New England Conservatory, in Boston, with professors Leonard Shure and Patricia Zanda, completing his education with chamber music studies, with Chaim Taub. He was awarded the American-Isarel Foundation scholarship several times, which allowed him to further develop his training. His great passion was, from the beginning, chamber music. He has performed with reputable musicians such as Barbara Hendricks, Maxim Vengerov, tabea Zimmermann and Ida Haendel. He records and plays in concerts with musicians such as Shlomo Mintz, Kyung Wha Chung, Julian Rachlin and Sharon Kam. He has been on multiple world tours with Mintz and Matt Haimovich. He’s constantly present at big international festivals like the Prague Spring and the Ravinia, Chicago, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, Besançon, Ludwigsburg or Verbier festivals. Despite his dedication to chamber music, Itamar Golan has also performed has a soloist with some of the most important orchestras, like the Isareal Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, under Zubin Mehta’s conduction, the Royal Philharmonic, under Daniele Gatti’s conduction, the Philharmonic Orchestra della Scala and the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Riccardo Muti, or the Philharmonic Orchestra, with Lorin Maazel. He has recordings in some of the most prestigious labels of the genre, like Deutsche Grammophone, Teldec, EMI or Sony Classical. In 1991, at just 21, he was appointed to teach at the Manhattan School of Music, thus becoming one of the youngest professors in the history of that institution, where he taught for three years. He currently belongs to the Paris Conservatory staff and he spends his time teaching chamber music, giving concerts and chasing other artistic endeavours, such as poetry.