Baruch Meir -Pianist
Pianist Baruch Meir is one of only 65 artists worldwide named Bösendorfer Concert Artist since the founding of the company in 1828. Meir has performed extensively in Austria, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Serbia and throughout the United States. Meir has recently presented recitals at the Bösendorfer Saal, Vienna, Austria; Nixon Library, LA; Bauman Auditorium, Newberg, Oregon (Bösendorfer Concert Series), Dixon Hall, New Orleans; Wise Auditorium, Jerusalem; Bates Recital Hall, Austin; Murphy Hall, LA and at the Toujours Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria.
An associate professor of piano at the Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute, Meir maintains a busy teaching schedule in addition to his international concert career. In 2014 Meir toured China’s Shanghai Conservatory (which he also toured in 2005 and 2007), the Sichuan Conservatory and the middle schools affiliated with those schools, as well as Wenzhou University where he was awarded a Guest Professorship. He also taught in some of Koreas’ most reputable music schools and universities including Seoul National University, Yonsei, Kookmin, Hanyang, Sunhwa, Kyoungbook and Seoul Arts High School. Meir has given master classes at the Music Academy in Vienna, the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, the Manhattan School of Music and various conservatories and universities in the United States.
A native of Israel, Meir is a summa cum laude graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, where he earned bachelor and master degrees in piano performance. He holds the Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from ASU. His teachers include Rachel Gordon, Valter Aufheuser, Pnina Salzman, Michael Bugoslavsky, Irina Zaritskaya and Robert Hamilton. Meir’s distinctions include the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Awards, the British Council fellowship, 1st place at the Klatzkin Competition for contemporary piano music and the ASU concerto competition, and additional awards in piano competitions worldwide.
Meir is the founder, president and artistic director of the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions that is distinguished by its reputable jury that included Sergei Babayan, Ricardo Castro, Aleksandar Serdar, Alexander Korsantia and legendary pianist Martha Argerich.
At Arizona State University, Meir maintains a class of outstanding pianists from all over the world. His students were awarded top prizes in various competitions, including first prizes at the Schmindbauer International Competition, Yamaha USASU International Senior and Junior Competition for Young Pianists, Young Concert Artist International Competition, Washington International Piano Artists Competition, as well as winners at the ASU Concert of Soloists Concerto Competition (most recently two of his students won the 2014 competition). Meir also frequently adjudicate in various competitions and festivals worldwide including the international competition Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial in Serbia, the Russian Music Festival and Competition in Vancouver, Pasnter Letamid national piano competition in Israel (2009-2014), among others. In summers Meir teaches at the Schelrn international music festival in Italy.
“…Baruch Meir is an exceptional artist. He did a beautiful performance of my piano work entitled 'A Little Suite for Christmas,' which was distinguished by deep musical insights and consummate technical skill. It was certainly one of the very finest performances this work of mine has ever received.”
– George Crumb, composer; 1968 Pulitzer Prize in Music; 2001 Grammy award; 2004 Musical America Composer of the Year.