Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Tzimon Barto

The connection between poetry and music is for Tzimon Barto of utmost importance and meaning, both as a pianist and in his writings. This is also apparent in his musical interpretations: he takes an exceedingly personal and unconventional approach, captivating audiences with his zeal, exquisite sense of tonal color, subtle nuances and a superb technique. A colorful, surpassingly varied range of expressive elements from feather-light melodic lines to expressive chord series characterize his performance.

As one of the foremost American pianists, Tzimon Barto performs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and in Asia. His international breakthrough occurred in the mid-1980’s when he performed at the Wiener Musikverein and the Salzburger Festspiele on invitation of Herbert von Karajan. Tzimon Barto has since played with every major international orchestra and is regularly invited to many festivals.

Highlights of the last seasons were his performances at La Scala Milano as well as his Brahms piano concertos in Hong Kong and Malmo among many other concerts in Europe and Asia. In 2016/17, as part of his residency with the SWR Symphonieorchester he performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto during an extremely successful tour of Spain. Another point on the program of the residency was the performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s second Piano Concerto, which Rihm dedicated to Barto. The piece was premiered at the Salzburger Festspiele 2014 with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, followed by a tour in Germany and Italy. This season Tzimon Barto will again perform many concerts in Germany and all over Europe.

Tzimon Barto’s extensive discography includes albums featuring works by Haydn, Rameau, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Brahms. His latest release is dedicated to the Busoni version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as the Paganini Variations of Liszt, Brahms, Lutoslawski and Rachmaninoff. The seldom heard Piano Concerto by Hans Pfitzner in E-flat Major has been released in 2013 under the Dresdner Staatskapelle label conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Born and raised in Central Florida, Tzimon Barto received his first piano lessons by his grandmother at the age of five. He studied under the famous music-pedagogue and pianist Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he won the Gina Bachauer Competition in two consecutive years.

In 2006 he initiated “The Barto Prize”, promoting contemporary piano compositions in a bi-annual international competition and integrates the winning composition in his season programs.

Tzimon Barto is an avid student of literature and languages. He speaks five living languages fluently, and currently studies Mandarin. He reads Ancient Greek, Hebrew and Latin. His book “A Lady of Greek Origin” was published in 2001 and 2008 and a stage version was performed in Frankfurt and Vienna. In 2010, his novel “Harold Flanders” was published.

2018/2019 season | Photo: Eric Brissaud
Changes and  abridgement must be coordinated with Künstlersekretariat Schoerke.

Tzimon Barto performing in Aachen and Frankfurt

31 August 2018

On September 2nd Tzimon Barto will be in Aachen to play Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme by Niccoló Paganini op.43 under the direction of Christopher Ward. In his […] more ...

Tzimon Barto performs in the Far East

6 April 2018

On April 6th, Tzimon Barto will perform with Midori in Tongyeong, Korea. In their demanding program of works by Yun, Hindemith and Lieberman, the two present the timeless […] more ...

Tzimon Barto back in Germany

4 March 2018

On March 4th, Tzimon Barto will play a recital with works by Rameau, Liebermann and Haydn as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of the Minden Wednesday […] more ...

Tzimon Barto plays Messiaen in Berlin

6 December 2017

On December 8th, a special work will be performed at the Komische Oper in Berlin: Tzimon Barto performs the solo piano part in Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles. […] more ...

Tzimon Barto visits the Scala in Milan

16 November 2017

Tzimon Barto brings the “Roaring Twenties” from the USA to the traditional Milanese Scala. On November 20th, 22nd and 23rd, under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, he plays […] more ...

Tzimon Barto with Brahms Piano Concertos in Hong Kong and Malmo

6 October 2017

The new concert season leads Tzimon Barto to the Far East on October 6th and 7th. In Hong Kong, he will play the Brahms Piano Concerto no. 2 […] more ...

Tzimon Barto on tour with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

25 September 2017

After the concert in the Berlin Philharmonie at the beginning of the month, Tzimon Barto is on tour from September 25th – October 3rd with the Junge Deutsche […] more ...

Tzimon Barto at the Musikfest Berlin

8 September 2017

Tzimon Barto starts his season 2017/18 with a concert at the Musikfest together with the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin. On 8 September he can be heard in the Philharmonie […] more ...

Tzimon Barto – triumphant finale with the SWR

8 March 2017

In the coming weeks, Tzimon Barto will end his residency with the SWR Symphony Orchestra on a high note with performances of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and Dvorak’s […] more ...

Tzimon Barto continues his residency with the SWR Symphony Orchestra

6 January 2017

The performance of three solo works in one evening makes for an unusual start to the year. With Mozart’s Rondo Concerto in A major, Rihm’s Piano Concerto no. […] more ...

SWR Symphony Orchestra welcomes Tzimon Barto as artist in residence

7 November 2016

This season, Tzimon Barto can be heard a total of 16 times as the artist in residence of the SWR Symphony Orchestra. The partnership begins on 11 November […] more ...

Tzimon Barto performs in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt

26 May 2016

Two concerts featuring Tzimon Barto are just around the corner: In Wiesbaden, he will be performing Mozart’s d-minor concerto together with the Hessian State Orchestra under Zsolt Hamar […] more ...

Tzimon Barto gets off to a successful start in the New Year

28 January 2016

Though 2016 is still young, Tzimon Barto has already achieved a number of successes. He earned praise from critics and audiences alike in early January during his New […] more ...

New CD of Tzimon Barto

10 June 2015

Last month the label Capriccio published Tzimon Barto´s new CD featuring the Goldberg variations BWV 988 in the Busoni-version as well as the Choral Prelude „Nun komm’ der […] more ...

Tzimon Barto Recital 2019/2020

11 September 2018

“His explosive mixture of power and sensitivity, his fascinating multi-faceted attacks from hard to buttery-smooth, his magnificent dynamic range – all this is simply breathtaking and leaves a […] more ...

Tzimon Barto Recital 2018/2019

20 October 2017

“His explosive mixture of power and sensitivity, his fascinating multi-faceted attacks from hard to buttery-smooth, his magnificent dynamic range – all this is simply breathtaking and leaves a […] more ...

12.10.2018
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Mainz – Theater
13.10.2018
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Mainz – Theater
04.11.2018
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Köln – Philharmonie
08.11.2018
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Copenhagen – DR Concert Hall
09.11.2018
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Copenhagen – DR Concert Hall
29.11.2018
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Hannover – Großer Sendesaal des NDR
30.11.2018
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Hannover – Großer Sendesaal des NDR
06.12.2018
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Berlin – Philharmonie
16.12.2018
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Lübeck – Musik- und Kongresshalle
17.12.2018
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Lübeck – Musik- und Kongresshalle

Bach
Piano Concerto no. 3 in D major BWV 1054
Piano Concerto no. 4 in A major BWV 1055

Bartók
Piano Concerto no. 1 
Piano Concerto no. 2
Piano Concerto no. 3 

Beethoven
Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor op. 37
Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major op. 58
Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major op. 73

Triple Concerto in C major op. 56

Brahms
Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor op. 15
Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major op. 83

Chopin
Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor op. 11
Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor op. 21

Dvořák
Piano Concerto in G minor op. 33

Gershwin
Concerto in F
Rhapsody in Blue

Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16

Liszt
Piano Concerto no. 2 in A major S. 125

Mozart
all Piano Concertos

Pfitzner
Piano Concerto in E flat major op. 31

Prokofiev
Piano Concerto no. 2 in G minor op. 16
Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major op. 26

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor op. 18
Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor op. 30
Piano Concerto no. 4 in G minor op. 40
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini op. 43

Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major

Rihm
Piano Concerto no. 2

Saint-Saëns
Piano Concerto no. 2 in G minor op. 22

Schumann
Introduction and Allegro appassionato G major op. 92
Variations on a theme in E flat Major “Geistervariationen” Es-Dur WoO 24
Concert-allegro with Introducton D minor op. 134

Strauss
Burleske

Tschaikovsky
Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor op. 23

Ives Piano Sonata No. 2
Capriccio C5268 (2016)

Bach Goldberg Variations
Capriccio C5243 (2015)

Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles                
Partner: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)
LPO 0083 (2015)

Paganini Variations                    
Liszt Grandes études de Paganini
Brahms Paganini Variations
Lutoslawski Paganini Variations
Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody
Partner: Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchester, Christoph Eschenbach (condcutor)
Ondine ODE 1230-2D (2014)

Brahms The Piano Concertos                                        
Partner: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)
Capriccio C5210 (2014)

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden, Vol. 34
Pfitzner Piano Concerto E flat major op. 31
Partner: Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann (conductor)
Edition Staatskapelle Dresden PH12016 (2013)

Remebering JFK – 50th Anniversary Concert    
Gershwin Concerto in F
Partner: National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)
Ondine ODE 1190-2D (2011)

Schubert
Impromptus D 899
Moments Musicaux D 780
Piano Sonata D 894 G major
Capriccio C5028 (2010)

Tschaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 op. 23 B flat minor
Rokoko-Variations A major op. 33
partner: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor), Dimitri Maslennikov (violoncello)
Capriccio C5065 (2010)

Schumann    
Concert piece G major op. 92
„Geistervariationen“ E flat major WoO 24
Concert-Allegro D Minor op. 134
Six etudes in canonic form  (arr. for two pianos by Debussy)
Partner: NDR Sinfonieorchester, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor /piano)
Ondine ODE 1162-2 (2010)

Unexpected Encounters                    
A Selection of Piano Sonatas by Joseph Haydn
SonataNo. 10 C major  Hob. XVI: 1
Sonata No. 38 F major Hob. XVI: 23
Sonata No. 42 G major Hob. XVI: 27
SonataNo. 60 C major Hob. XVI: 50
Ondine ODE 1154-2 (2009)

Ravel
Gaspard de la nuit
Miroirs
Jeux d’eau
Ondine ODE 1095-2 (2007)

A Basket of Wild Strawberries                
A Selection of Keyboard Jewels by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Premier Livre
Pièce de clavecin, Suite in E
Pièce de clavecin, Suite in D
Nouvelles Suites, Suite in A
Ondine ODE 1067-2 (2006)

de Falla Nächte in Spanischen Gärten                
partner: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)
EMI CDC 5 55049 2 (1994)

Popular Encores                        
Works by Bach, Debussy, Janácek, Gershwin, Joplin, Fanny und Felix Mendelssohn a.o.
EMI CDC 7 54900 2 (1993)    

Saint-Saëns Der Karneval der Tiere                    
Partner: Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson (conductor)
EMI CDC 7 54465 2 (1993)

Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 11 E flat minor op. 11
3 Nocturnes
Partner: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)
EMI CDC 7 25602 5 (1992)

Pure Romance                        
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 E flat minor  op. 11
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 A major S. 125
Partner: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)
EMI CDC 7 54648 2 (1992)

Chopin 
24 Préludes op. 28
Cantabile
Nocturne op. 9 No. 2
Contredanse in G flat major
Nocturne in C sharp minor op. posth.
Nocturne in C minor op. posth.
EMI CDC 7 54367 2 (1991)

Schumann
Symphonic Etudes op. 13
Kreisleriana op. 16
EMI CDC 7 49970 2 (1990)

Liszt 
Mazeppa – Etudes d’exécution transcendante No. 4
Harmonie du soir – Etudes d’exécution transcendantes No. 11
Hungarina Rhapsody No. 6 D flat major
Funérailles
Sonetto des Petrarca Nos. 47, 104, 123
Consolation No. 3 D flat major
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor
EMI CDC 7 49566 2 (1989)

Rachmaninov/Bartók
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30
Bartók Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Sz 95 / BB 101
Partner: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)
EMI CDC 7 49861 2 (1989)

Prokofiev/Ravel/Gershwin
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major op. 26
Ravel Concerto in G major
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Partner: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Davis (conductor)
EMI DCD 7 49495 2 (1988)

Tzimon Barto – Mozart: Concert-Rondo A Major K 386

GMJO – Rihm in Salzburg Episode 1

GMJO – Rihm in Salzburg Episode 2

GMJO – Rihm in Salzburg Episode 3

GMJO – Rihm in Salzburg Episode 4

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