CCM welcomes guest artist Dror Biran as part of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

CCM welcomes guest artist Dror Biran as part of the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

CCM welcomes guest artist Dror Biran for a FREE concert performance as part of the 2014 Bearcat Piano Festival at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Biran will perform J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825; James Wilding’s Legend: A Homage to Robert Schumann; Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3; and Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58.

About Dror Biran
Dror Biran’s playing has been described in Die Bleed as “powerful, but also beautiful sensitive, brilliant but full of artistry, seductively lyrical but intensely dramatic at the climaxes.” The Plain Dealer added, “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively… he has technique to burn and uses it effectively…” The WCF Currier described Biran’s playing as “although not a flashy performer, was mesmerizing in the intensity and emotionalism of his playing. His fingering in the fast passages was breathtaking, and the loving care he gave to the sweetly
lyrical passages was riveting.” His superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience.

Born in Israel, Dror Biran, DMA, is a top prize winner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givataim Conservatory where he studied with Lily Dorfman and The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. Biran received his Doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro. Biran won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. His honors include the first prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), first prize at the Israeli Rubin Academy Piano Competition (1998), and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition 2000. Biran has been a recipient of multiple the scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Mester, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and South Africa.

As a chamber musician Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as Carmel and Aviv String Quartets, he has also performed with members of the Cleveland Orchestra in different venues. His concerts have been broadcast by WUOL, WCLV, WQXR, The Voice of Music – Israel, Classic FM South Africa among others. Dr. Biran can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Biran taught at Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University. Currently, he holds an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Louisville, KY. His future engagements includes chamber and solo concerts in USA, Europe and Israel.

Performance Time
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9

Location
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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