Laureate of the 2017 Israel Prize, Arie Vardi is one of that country’s internationally acclaimed musicians. Born in Israel, he gave his first recital in Tel Aviv at the age of fifteen. He studied at the Tel Aviv Rubin Academy of Music with Neima Rosh and llona Vincze-Kraus, and at the same time completed a law degree at Tel Aviv University. Later, he studied piano, composition, and conducting with Baumgartner, Boulez, and Stockhausen. In 1960, he won the Chopin Competition in Israel and made his first appearance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. A year later, he won the Enescu Competition in Romania. Since then, he has appeared with all the Israeli orchestras in recitals and chamber concerts. He has toured Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Far East, and Australia, performing under the batons of such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Lukas Foss, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Paul Paray, and David Zinman. He has played with Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma, Murray Perahia, Pnina Salzman, and András Schiff.
Mr. Vardi has been active as a conductor for over twenty years, performing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, and at major festivals in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. In 2017, he took part in the Aspen Festival, performing as pianist and conducting the festival’s orchestra. He presents many television shows, including the Master Class and Intermezzo with Arik series, and his records have won prestigious awards.
He is sought after as a juror at major international competitions and serves as chairman of the jury at the Rubinstein Competition. Mr. Vardi is professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, and former director of the Tel Aviv University Academy of Music. In 1987, he was appointed guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, where he still gives master classes, as well as in many other countries. He has served as resident artist at Juilliard and as guest professor at Yale and Peking Universities. More than fifty of his students have won first prizes at international competitions. In 2004, Mr. Vardi received the Minister of Education Award for lifetime achievements.
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