Boaz Sharon

Professor, Boston University.
United States of America
He is a Steinway Artist and Artistic Director of the Sichuan International Piano Festival, China. An internationally renowned pianist and artist/teacher, he is the first prize winner and gold medalist of the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain. He is an annual artist/teacher at international piano festivals in San Juan, Puerto Rico and at the Illinois University Summer Piano Festival.

He studied in Brussels with Stefan Askenase, famed interpreter of Mozart and Chopin, and in the US with Leonard Shure. He has served on the juries of Top of the World Competition, Norway; Olga Kern International Piano Competition; Jaen International, Spain; Shanghai International E Competition; the Berliner Philharmoniker International; Rudolf Firkusny International, Prague; the Composers of Spain International Piano Competition, Madrid; Kaufman International, NYC; and he was Chairman of the Jury at the Sterinborgh National Competition in Xiamen, China. He also is a founder of the Liszt International Piano Competition in Moscow at the Central School of Music.

Sharon has given hundreds of masterclasses over the years including at Moscow Conservatory, Gnessin Institute (Moscow), Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory Royal Academy of Music (London), Stockholm Royal Academy, Seoul National University and Korean National Institute of the Arts, Seoul, Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy. He is a recipient of the Prague Charles University Medal — one of ten given internationally for "significant contributions".

Among lecture-recitals given on piano music by Claude Debussy and other French composers are the Juilliard School of Music, Moscow Conservatory, and the universities of Yale, Cambridge, Columbia, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley. Sharon has been Director of the Sichuan International Piano Festival since 2012 and was artistic director of the Prague International Piano Masterclasses. For many years he was a faculty member of the International Pianist Certificate Artists program in Brussels, Belgium and at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. He is Honorary Professor at China Conservatory in Beijing.