Guest Artists Bishara Haroni and Michelle Cann offer one-on-one opportunities for local students to perform and learn from their expertise.
About Bishara Haroni
Bishara Haroni, born in Nazareth, studied the piano with Esther Balasha at the age of 12 in Haifa and continued his studies for eight years with Dr. Eitan Globerson in Jerusalem. He finished his studies at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany with Professor Arie Vardi. He is currently taking private lessons with Professor Arie Vardi. As a concerto soloist, he enjoys associations with major orchestras in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Norway, Palestine, Britain, Israel and the United states. He recently performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and unde the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. Haroni was also invited in the coming season to play with Maestro Daniel Barenboim.
Bishara Haroni has given recitals in several major halls in the world including the Carnegie Hall in New York ; he recently replaced the great pianist M. Perahia in a solo recital. He has always been active as a chamber musician, performing with, among many others, Gary Hoffman, Klaus Thunemann, Dale Clevenger, and Nobuko Imai. He also played concerts together with Guy Braunstein and Daishin Kashimoto, both concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, he regularly performed chamber music at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, among numerous appearances in chamber music festivals. He was also invited in the coming season by the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle to play with the first players of the Orchestra in their chamber music series.
About Michelle Cann
“A compelling, sparkling virtuoso” (Boston Music Intelligencer), pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age fourteen and has since performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
A champion of the music of Florence Price, Ms. Cann performed the New York City premiere of the composer’s Piano Concerto in One Movement with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in July 2016 and the Philadelphia premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra in February 2021, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called “exquisite.”
Highlights of her 2021–22 season include debut performances with the Atlanta, Detroit, and St. Louis symphony orchestras, as well as her Canadian concert debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. She also receives the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization, and the 2022 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. Embracing a dual role as both performer and pedagogue, her season includes teaching residencies at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and the National Conference of the Music Teachers National Association.
Ms. Cann regularly appears in solo and chamber recitals throughout the U.S., China, and South Korea. Notable venues include the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and the Barbican (London). She has also appeared as cohost and collaborative pianist with NPR’s From The Top.
An award winner at top international competitions, in 2019 she served as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s MAC Music Innovator in recognition of her role as an African-American classical musician who embodies artistry, innovation, and a commitment to education and community engagement.
Ms. Cann studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies