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Israeli pianist Iddo Bar-Shai studied with Pnina Salzman and Alexis Weissenberg.
He has performed on important stages such as the Wigmore Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris Philharmonie, Tokyo Opera City Hall and the Beijing Zhongshan Concert Hall.
Iddo has played under the batons of Lawrence Foster, Elihau Inbal, Aldo Ceccato and Jesus Lopez-Cobos among others with prominent orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Siecles and The Orchestre National de Lille.
He has performed with renowned artists such as Martha Argerich, Menahem Pressler, Renaud Capucon, Vilde Frang, Alisa Weilerstein, Anna Prohaska and quartets such as the Ysaÿe, Ebène, Aviv, Modigliani and the American String Quartet. His interest in other forms of art brought him to collaborate, during his artist in residency at “Les Dominicains de Haute Alsace”, with shadows artist Philippe Beau for a project “Les Ombres Errantes” with Francois Couperin’s keyboard works which was highly acclaimed by the French press.
He participated in festivals such as Verbier, Ravinia, La Roque d'Anthéron, Menton, “Progetto Martha Argerich” in Lugano, “La Folle Journée” festivals in Nantes, Lisbon, Tokyo, Warsaw, Bilbao and Rio de Janeiro, “La Grange de Meslay”, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival in Berlin and Jerusalem and the Radio-France music festival in Montpellier, and his concerts were broadcast by Mezzo, Arte and NHK TV channels.
He is the founder and artistic director of the festival “Les Coups de Coeur a Chantilly” inaugurated in spring 2021 with renowned artists such as Martha Argerich (with concerts celebrating her 80th birthday), Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Evgeny Kissin, Gidon Kremer and Renaud Capucon.
His recordings for “Mirare” label which include music by Haydn, Chopin and Francois Couperin, received numerous awards and praise by the international press; among which it was described as “one of the best ever, dedicated to the piano works of Haydn” by “Le Monde de La Musique” and as a "magnificent achievement which confirms a new great talent of present keyboard" by “Classique-News”.