Ferdinand Ries

German Born 29 Jan 1784 Died 13 Jan 1838

Bracha Eden and Alexander Tamir met at the Jerusalem Conservatory where they studied with Alfred Schroeder, who first encouraged them to play together as he had done with his teacher, Artur Schnabel. They later studied with Vronsky and Babin.

Their reputation for expanding the duo repertoire has been well earned. They were responsible for introducing Lutoslawski's Paganini Variations to audiences outside Europe and, at the suggestion of Stravinsky, were the first to record The Rite of Spring in its two-piano version.

Eden and Tamir have performed the complete works for two pianos by Mozart, Schubert, MendelssohnSchumann, and Brahms, and have actively encouraged the playing of lesser-known works in the repertoire. They have broadcast for the BBC and have won the Vercelli Duo Piano Competition and a Grand Prix du Disque for their recording of the Brahms F minor Sonata.

They are both senior professors at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance where they teach a course in Duo Piano.

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