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Gennadi Zagor

A native of Krasnodar, Russia, Genadi Zagor began his music studies at the age of four with his father, a foremost guitarist and composer. Genadi continued his piano studies attending Moscow Central School for gifted children. He graduated from Krasnodar’s Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in 1989. On full scholarship, he studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Mikhail Mezhlumov, one of Russian leading teachers. After graduation, he moved to Israel, and he became an assistant of Professor Alexander Tamir at Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music.

From 1993-1998, Genadi competed in such prestigious piano competitions as: Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah; Eight Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Israel; Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, United Kingdom; Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Japan, and François Shapira Music Competition, Israel. In 1995 he became a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for outstanding artists. In 1997 as a cultural mission leader for the Jerusalem Municipality, Genadi performed in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Czech Republic. Mr. Zagor frequently appeared on the Israeli National Television and Radio.

Since his first debut on stage with an orchestra at the age of ten, Genadi has appeared with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Gotham City Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and South Bend Symphony Orchestra among others. Throughout his career, Mr. Zagor has also performed on the stages of the Grand Hall, Rachmaninov Hall and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, President Palace in Jerusalem, Israel; Brigham Young University Concert Hall in Jerusalem, Israel; Hall of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Abravanel Auditorium in Salt Lake City, UT; The Tetley Hall, Leeds, England; Act City Hall in Hamamatsu, Japan; Miller Theater, Columbia University in New York, NY; Ethical Culture Society Auditorium in New York, NY, Steinway Hall in New York, NY, Northbrook Symphony Hall in Northbrook, Chicago, IL, Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan Univ. in Kalamazoo, Wellspring Theater, The Epic center in Kalamazoo, MI, Washington Hall, Univ. of Notre Dame, ND, and Northside Auditorium, IUSB, South Bend, IN.

In 2000, he moved to the United States and joined Alexander Toradze’s thriving piano program at Indiana University (South Bend), where he is currently on the faculty. Since his arrival to the United States, Genadi won the Fourth Prize at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Fifth Prize at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and the First Prize at the Di Angelo Young Artists Competition, Pennsylvania. His most recent solo performances were at Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival 2002 as a part of the “World Rising Stars” series, and Toradze Piano Studio Rachmaninoff Marathon. Both events were live broadcasted on the National Public Radio (NPR).

Throughout his professional training, both in Russia and Israel, Mr. Zagor took the Master Classes from Claude Frank, Murray Perahia, Evgeny Malinin, and Mikhail Pletnev.

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