Irit Rimon Neidorf
Pianist, Music Lecturer and Piano Teacher
Pianist Irit Rimon-Neidorf is one of the most active pianists and musicians in Israel, as a solo pianist in recitals, chamber player in various ensembles, an appreciated lecturer, whose lectures attract many, a choir conductor, and a unique piano teacher, whose students are highly successful in Israel and abroad.
Born in Haifa, winner of the America-Israel Culture Fund scholarships, as well as other awards; graduated her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance at the Tel Aviv University Music Academy Magna Cum Laude, where she studied with Prof. Pnina Saltzman, Prof. Alexander Volkov, and Prof. Michael Bogoslavsky. Throughout her schooling years, she earned dean's excellence scholarships several times.
Irit studied with Ms. Dina Turgeman several years as well, and investigated with her the piano technique.
Irit graduated the Music Study Course at WIZO School of Art and Design, Haifa, with honors. In her youth, she was a member at the Young Musicians Unit at the Jerusalem Music Center, attended the international chamber music courses of the ''Jeunesses Musicales'' organization, and ancient music courses in Jerusalem, playing authentic instruments, such as cembalo, pipe organ, and forte piano.
Irit took lessons and masterclasses with the world's most prominent pianists and musicians, such as Prof. Joseph Kalichstein, Prof. Boris Berman, Ms. Maria Curcio, Prof. Malcolm Bilson, Prof. Victor Rosenbaum, Prof. Leonard Hokannson, Prof. Aurèle Nicolet , Prof. Charles Neidich, and Ms. Dorothy DeLay.
Additionally, Irit studied in Germany with Prof. Michael Schäfer of the Munich School of Music and with Prof. Tibor Szász and Prof. Elza Kolodin of the Freiburg School of Music.
Irit has performed in many concerts in Israel and abroad, receiving excellent reviews for her playing; participated in chamber music festivals in Europe, performing with the most prominent players and singers, and has also recorded for the radio and the television.
She performs and leads series of narrated concerts and musical lectures, and has acquired a regular, loyal audience in the northern part of Israel.
Irit is a member of several chamber ensembles, with whom she performs frequently, including duets with Israel most prominent bow instrument and wind instrument players, in a piano trios, quartets, and quintets. She has also accompanied some of the world's best opera and lieder singers.
Irit possesses an enormous composition repertoire, amounting to hundreds of solo and chamber works, unique for its wide range of times and styles, from Baroque to contemporary music, including Israeli compositions which were performed by her in debut.
She devoted herself to the research and performance of compositions by Victor Ullmann, a Jewish composer who was murdered in the Holocaust. The thesis she wrote on the subject matter earned her high honors.
Irit was involved in recording a disc of compositions by Arye Shapira, an Israel Prize winner composer.
Irit completed Music Psychotherapy studies with honors, and in her current work, also integrates emotional therapy through music, as well as choir conducting, lecturing, and piano instruction.
Irit lives in the Galilee, and extensively engages in promoting classical music life in the northern part of Israel.