Read the biography of pianist Yossi Reshef!
Active as a concert pianist and conductor, Yossi Reshef has given solo concerts, recitals and concerto performances throughout Europe, the United states the Far East, India and Africa to outstanding reviews and audience enthusiasm. He performed in Britain, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, South Africa, Azerbaijan, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, and a number of venues in the United States including Los Angeles, Boston, San Diego, Santa Fe, and Carnegie Hall in NY.
Yossi Reshef is the founder and artistic director of the Berlin International Piano Master Class which takes place yearly in Berlin. He is also a faculty member at the prestigious Tel-Hai international Piano Master Classes in Israel. A devoted pedagoge, Reshef lives in Berlin where he has a private studio, attracting students from europe and the far East to come and prepare for auditions and competitions. Reshef inspired hundreds of students in his public masterclasses. He has given master classes in such prestigious venues as the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow, the Lodz Academy in Poland, the Baku Academy in Azerbaijan, the Zagreb Academy in Croatia, and in all the leading higher education music institutes of South Africa and Taiwan. Following his Doctorate degree, he taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Born in Israel, Reshef studied with the legendary Pnina Salzman (herself a student of Alfred cortot and Arthur Rubinstein), he later moved to Los Angeles where he completed his doctorate degree with prof. Norman Krieger, serving as his assistant, as well as completing conducting studies with outstanding achievements. He previously studied wth Prof. Jonathan Zak at the Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv University. Reshef started his studies with Martha Even Shushan in his hometown Holon, Israel.
Reshef puts an emphasis on giving each detail in the written score as much importance as well as understanding the structure, techniques, the sound world and character of each piece he is approaching. Recent years have been focusing on developing a thorough work on the interpretation of pieces by Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Liszt Beethoven and Mozart among others. It is his belief that only a thorough understanding of many pieces by the same composer can give a hint to understanding how to interpret the music of those composers.
Yossi Reshef is winner of numerous prizes and awards including the America Israel Cultural Foundation Excellency scholarship award; the Zilbermann first prize award for the best interpretation of Israeli piano music; the second prize in the Rubin Academy Competition; the Apple Hill Playing for Peace Scholarship; the Tel Aviv University Dean’s Excellency Award; the John Tesh Scholar; the Adele Marcus Foundation Music Scholarship; the John Green Endowed Music Scholarship; the David Nowakowsky Music Scholarship; the Alice Ray Catalyne Music scholarship in piano; the Michael Feinstein music scholarship and the Ann and Gordon Getty Music Foundation Scholarship.