Omri Shimron, piano
Omri Shimron is a pianist, educator and recording artist. He was born in the United States but raised in Israel, where he received his early musical training. His debut album, featuring Frederic Rzewski's 36 Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated! was released in 2014 on New Focus Records. He is director of keyboard studies and an assistant professor at California State University, East Bay. Free.
As a pianist, Shimron has appeared at the Jerusalem Music Center, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Tel Aviv Museum. In the U.S., he won prizes from the Josef Hoffman Piano Competition and the Chautauqua Institution. As an orchestral soloist, Shimron played with the Hillsdale College/Community Orchestra, Finger Lakes Symphony, and Elon University Orchestra. Collaborative and solo concerts have included appearances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and New York City’s Sundays on the Island series. Live radio performances featured sessions for WBFO, WXXI and WUSF.