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Ammiel Bushakevitz Schubert Klaviersonate B-Dur, D. 960; Moments musicaux

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In 2013 Ammiel released his debut solo CD, an album of the late piano works of Franz Schubert recorded in the Salle Fleuret in Paris.

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Ammiel Bushakevitz is in high demand as one of the most acclaimed song pianists of his generation, having received top prizes at numerous competitions including the International Schubert Lied Competition, the International Johannes Brahms Competition, the International Art Song Competition in Stuttgart, the Concours Leopold Bellan in Paris and most recently both the pianist prize and the Schubert prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, he performs worldwide in centres such as Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Casablanca, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Milan, New York, Paris, Rome, Tel-Aviv, Vancouver, the Vatican, Vienna and Zürich. Born in Jerusalem, Israel and was raised in South Africa, in May 2013 Ammiel drew international attention when he was announced as the first recipient of the newly inaugurated Richard Wagner Prize of the City of Leipzig. The prize was for his contributions, both as musicologist and performer, to the music and reputation of Wagner. His other awards include the DAAD International Scholarship for Artists, the European Union Commission Award and the Bourse du forum franco-allemand des jeunes artistes. In 2010 he received the International Schubert Institute Award and in 2012 he was awarded the première prix de l’académie de musique de Lausanne. As a solo pianist, Ammiel has performed recitals across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. He has performed with numerous international orchestras since his orchestral debut at the age of sixteen, performing Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013 Ammiel released his debut solo CD, an album of the late piano works of Franz Schubert recorded in the Salle Fleuret in Paris. As a soloist, he is involved in charity work and has performed benefit recitals in Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa and Mozambique. After receiving a Masters degree in solo piano performance under Joseph Stanford and Heinrich van der Mescht, Ammiel completed a Masters degree in Lied Interpretation at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany under Phillip Moll. Thereafter he studied the French mélodie under Noël Lee and Jeffrey Cohen at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. Ammiel has received mentorship from notable singers including the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling, Thomas Quasthoff, Thomas Hampson, Teresa Berganza and with song pianists including Helmut Deutsch, Wolfram Rieger and Graham Johnson. In 2011 he was invited by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to be pianist for his masterclasses at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria. Festival appearances include the Bayreuth Festival, the Festival d'automne à Paris (as soloist with the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris), the Festival Pontino di Latina, the Holland International Music Sessions, the Hirschberger Musiksommer, the KKNK Festival in South Africa and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, where he was selected by Thomas Hampson as pianist for the Heidelberg Lied Academy. In addition to his activities as a pianist, Ammiel is also active as a musicologist and specializes in research on Schubert and Wagner. In 2011 he presented a paper at the International Conference on Late Schubert in Maynooth, Ireland. He is an alumnus of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, a member of the International Hugo Wolf Academy and an honorary member of the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa. He has given a series of lecture-recitals and radio broadcasts, most recently focussing on the Lieder of Adorno, E.T.A. Hoffmann and Nietzsche.

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