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.

Wolfgang Rihm dedicated his Second Piano Concerto to Tzimon Barto. The piece was premiered at the Salzburger Festspiele 2014 with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, followed by a tour in Germany and Italy. After the American premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, it will be and was presented to audiences in Munich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Freiburg. It has also been performed in 2016/17, as part of his residency with the SWR Symphonieorchester. The joint season with the orchestra was highlighted by the interpretation of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto under Jakub Hrusa and an extremely successful tour of Spain, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto. At the start of the 2017/18 season, Barto will be on tour with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie under Jukka-Pekka Saraste with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Other season highlights include his performances at La Scala Milan as well as his Brahms piano concertos in Hong Kong and Malmo. In addition to many concerts in Europe and Asia, he will also be performing in South America.

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 under the Dresdner Staatskapelle label conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Born and raised in Central Florida, Tzimon Barto received his first piano lessons by his paternal 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 concert schedule.

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. His literary and poetic body of work is ever expanding.


2017/2018 season | Photo Eric Brissaud
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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 2018/2019

20 October 2017

      Program: Liszt       Paganini etudes    Brahms  Paganini variations Volumne I and II ***Interval*** TBA        Winning piece of the Barto Prize   Chopin   Andante spianato et […] more ...

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Aachen – Kurpark Monheimsallee
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Frankfurt am Main- Alte Oper, Großer Saal
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Frankfurt am Main- Alte Oper, Großer Saal

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