Internationally acclaimed pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz interviewed at The Piano and Its Perspectives

Thursday, December 2, 2021


The MSU Department of Music presents The Piano and Its Perspectives. A partnership with EMAC/Federal University of Goiás in Brazil and the digital/ITS office, the Portugal Science & Technology Foundation, Center for the Study in Sociology & Music Aesthetics, Portugal New University, in Portugal and colleagues: Andréa Luísa Teixeira (coordinator), Maria Caroline Porto, Sérgio de Paiva e Pablo Lisboa.

This Friday, December 3, at 2:00 pm in Mississippi, 3:00 pm NYC, 5:00 pm in Brazil, 8:00 pm in Portugal and 9:00 pm in Germany, the interview is with Ammiel Bushakevitz – internationally acclaimed pianist. You can watch the live interview at:

Ammiel Bushakevitz is internationally acclaimed as one of the notable young pianists of his generation. Born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in South Africa, he studied in Berlin, Leipzig and Paris under Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Helmut Deutsch, and Alfred Brendel. Ammiel performs regularly at notable venues across the world. He has appeared at the festivals of Salzburg, Bayreuth, Shanghai, Melbourne, Lucerne and Montreal, the Festival Pontino di Latina in Rome, the Pablo Casals Festival in Barcelona, the Leeds Piano Festival, the Austrian Schubertiade and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, France.

One of the last private students of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ammiel was invited in 2011 by Fischer-Dieskau to accompany his masterclasses at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria. Ammiel has also worked with other notable singers including Thomas Hampson, Elly Ameling, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Quasthoff, Barbara Bonney, Dame Felicity Lott, Brigitte Fassbaender and Teresa Berganza.

Upcoming performances include recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Shanghai Concert Hall and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. His awards include the European Union Commission Award, the DAAD International Scholarship for Artists, the Oppenheimer Trust Award, the Prix de la Ville de Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the only Israeli citizen to have received the city of Leipzig's Richard Wagner Award.

In 2013 Ammiel released his debut solo CD, recorded in the Salle Gaveau in Paris. He has since released seven commercial recordings on labels including BIS (Sweden), Hänssler Classics (Germany), SOLFA (Spain) and Gramola (Austria) to critical acclaim and five-star reviews. His recording of Schubert’s Moments musicaux was used as the soundtrack of the 2017 Austrian film, Gwendolyn.

Ammiel is an alumnus of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), a member of the Société des Arts Sciences et Lettres de Paris, a member of the International Hugo Wolf Academy and an honorary member of the International Richard Wagner Society. He is president of the International Association "Les Voix d'Orphée" in Paris. In 2014 Ammiel was named Edison Fellow of the British Library, London.

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