Zitta Zohar - Distinguished Guest Artist
Zitta Zohar’s intriguing performing and teaching activities have gained her press quotes calling her "one of the most powerful artists of our time". She has synthesized and synergized her activities as a performing musician, lecturer, conductor, producer, artist and master teacher, congruently connecting her personal vision with its expression in the indelible link of body, mind, and emotion.
Born in Romania, she received her musical training in Europe, Israel and the Juilliard School in New York where she graduated with honors. Among her teachers were Florica Muzicescu, Ilona Vincze, Rosina Lhevinne, Dorothy Taubman, Guido Agosti, Leonard Shure and Claudio Arrau. She studied conducting with Laszlo Halasz (founder of New York City Opera) and Sergiu Celibidache. As the recipient of the Martha Baird Rockefeller grant, Zohar has made her New York debut at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum Series to critical acclaim.
A prize winner at several international competitions, including the Busoni International Competition, the Bach Competition in Israel, she has performed extensively around the globe, from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC to Tata Hall in Bombay where she gave the first live performance of Bartok Sonata in India.
She has been featured in radio programs on Kol Israel, Radio Free Europe, WQXR, WNYC, BBC and Swedish Radio. Her performance of music by Henry Cowell was televised in 23 countries. In 2005, she performed in India in front of a live audience of 2.5 million people for the jubilee of Sri Ravi Shankar.
Producer and performer of Bartok series at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and of the program "In the Name of the Holocaust" at Symphony Space, she established chamber music festivals in Long Island, with the intention of creating a forum for presenting contemporary works.
Since 1997, Zitta Zohar devotes part of her time mentoring, teaching, lecturing and giving master classes. She has taught at the Taubman Institute in Amherst, at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and currently teaches in her New York Studio. She has given lectures and Master Classes in the US, Europe and the Far East and since 2003 has addressed the World Piano Pedagogy on the issue of physical injuries among musicians, an important subject in her teaching and writings. In 2008 was appointed Visiting Professor at Kansas University.
In 2008 Zitta Zohar was awarded the Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award.