Boaz Sharon

International recording artist Boaz Sharon is a professor of piano and head of the Piano Area at the University of Florida School of Music in Gainesville, Florida.

The Israeli-born Sharon moved to Brussels, Belgium at age 13 to study with renowned Mozart and Chopin interpreter Stefan Askenase for five years. He later continued his studies with American concert pianist Leonard Shure.

Sharon was artist-in-residence at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina prior to joining the University of Florida faculty in 1986.  In1996 he launched the annual Prague International Piano Masterclasses, considered to be among the world’s premiere piano summer programs, and has served as its artistic director since its inception.

From 2002 to 2007, Sharon was a member of the artist faculty for the International Certificate for Piano Artists program, affiliated with the École Normale de Musique de Paris-Alfred Cortot and held in Brussels, Paris and at the university of Florida. He continues to serve as artistic director of the annual Steinway Festival at the University of Florida School of Music and is a Steinway Artist.

Sharon is first prize and gold medal winner at Spain’s Jaen International Piano Competition. In July 2006, he was named an Honorary Fellow by Prague’s Charles University, one of the oldest universities in Europe. In 1998, Charles University presented him with the Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions in the piano field upon the university’s 650th anniversary celebration. He was also awarded the 2005 Distinguished International Educator award from the University of Florida. He has served on the jury of the Firkusny International Piano Competition and at the Composers of Spain International Piano Competition in Madrid.

He maintains an active performance schedule and has performed at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, as part of the Steinway Celebrity Series at Britain’s Kingston University, at the Gasteig Recital Hall in Munich, at the International Liszt Festival in Rio de Janeiro and at Prague’s National Museum. He also has been featured with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra and has been heard on the “Steinway Hour” radio program and on National Public Radio. In 2004, Sharon presented 14 recitals and concerts with orchestras from Russia’s Far East, Siberia, the Ural Mountains, European Russia and Moscow. During that year he also appeared at Steinway Hall in New York City. Each year since he has returned to Moscow to participate in a piano festival at the Composers House in Ruza.  In 2007 he was named Visiting Professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, China and has given masterclasses at the Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Beijing conservatories.

Sharon has recorded on labels as Nonesuch (Elektra/Warner Bros), Hyperion (London) and Arcobaleno (Brussels). Newsweek magazine listed Sharon’s recording of Charles Koechlin’s “Danses pour Ginger Rogers” among the best 11 recordings of the year. His concerts and records have been reviewed in The New York Times (“Beautifully recorded and played…,)” The Washington Post (“Superb technique…musicianly pianist…,” and in the London Daily Telegraph (“In a class of his own…”).

During the coming year is joining Boston University as Professor of Piano and Chairman of the Piano Department as well as Director of piano studies at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. During 2008-09 Sharon will serve on the juries of the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain and at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Moscow.