Jan 01 2009
The Israeli born pianist Arnan Wiesel is a winner of national and international prizes including Israel’s highest prize for young musicians, the Francoix Shapira Prize. A finalist in the Sydney Piano Competition, and winner of the Philadelphia Radio Competition his career as solo and chamber musician has taken him to Australia, USA, Europe, Asia and Israel.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music he studied with Seymour Lipkin, Gary Graffman, Pnina Salzman, Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Brendel, Radu Lupo and Daniel Barenboim among others. He has played with all the major Israeli orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Haifa Symphony Orchestra and has appeared there in many solo and chamber music recitals. A frequent guest at international festivals he has had regular invitations to the Schleswig-Holstein, Insel Hombroich and MÃ¼nchner Klaviersommer Festivals in Germany and the Israel Festival.
In Europe appearances include concertos with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Badischer Staatskapelle, Hamburg Mozart Orchestra, Deutsche Kammer-akademie Neuss, WÃ¼rttembergische Kammerphilarmonie, Danska Sinfonietta and a tour with the Rubin Academy Orchestra playing Bach d minor concerto, and recitals in such important music centres as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, MÃ¼nchner Gasteig, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Bayreuth, Brussels, Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, Lisbon, Budapest and Moscow. In the USA he appeared in Carnegie Hall in New York as well as with the Curtis Orchestra. In Australia he played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted from the piano on a tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
An accomplished and enthusiastic chamber music player Arnan Wiesel has formed the ‘Duo Corda’ with his wife, Australian harpist Alice Giles – an unusual combination which has received enthusiastic response from public and critics alike. He appears often with his father, cellist Uzi Wiesel. Since taking up residence in Australia, where he is lecturer in piano at the ANU School of Music, he has performed with the Australia Ensemble, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, in the Barossa Festival with Jane Peters, the Adelaide Festival and in the Canberra Chamber Music Festival.
Starting in 2004 he will be embarking on a series of concerts of the complete J.S.Bach keyboard works. Arnan Wiesel has made studio recordings and live broadcasts for many radio stations including German WDR, SWF, and SDR, Radio Zurich, WFLN Philadelphia, Israel Radio, RTBF Belgium and Radio Hilversum Holland. He can be heard on the following CDs: Works for Piano by J.S.Bach (Aulos/ Precosia), Harp and Piano (Musikado), ‘Diary’ for piano by Georg Kröll (WDR/BVHAAST).
School of Music faculty member since 2001.