Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Tzimon Barto

Tzimon Barto is committed to combining music and poetry, 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 play.

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 2nd Piano Concerto to Tzimon Barto. The piece premiered 2014 at the Salzburger Festspiele 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 presented next to audiences in Munich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Freiburg.

In the season 2016/17 Tzimon Barto is artist in residence with the SWR Symphony Orchestra and can be heard with a range of repertoire from Classical to Modern as well as in chamber music concerts.

Tzimon Barto’s extensive discography includes albums featuring works by Haydn, Rameau, Schubert, Tchaikovski, Schumann and Brahms. His latest release is dedicated to the “Busoni”-version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as the Paganini Variations by 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 and is 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. Here 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, currently studying 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. 2010 his novel “Harold Flanders” was published. His literary and poetic body of work is ever expanding.

2016/2017 season | Photo Eric Brissaud
Changes and  abridgement must be coordinated with Künstlersekretariat Schoerke.

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

3 June 2016

Tzimon Barto has crafted a programme for the upcoming season that is as ambitious as it is comprehensive. He links his entirely unique, uncompromising interpretations of Bach, Rameau […] more ...

25.09.2017
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Wilhelmshaven – Stadthalle
28.09.2017
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Villingen-Schwenningen – Franziskaner Konzerthaus
29.09.2017
07:30 pm
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Aschaffenburg – Stadthalle
30.09.2017
08:00 pm
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Heidelberg – Stadthalle
03.10.2017
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Bratislava – Reduta
06.10.2017
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Hong Kong – Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
07.10.2017
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Hong Kong – Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
12.10.2017
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Malmö – Konserthus
20.10.2017
08:00 pm
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Cottbus – Großes Haus
22.10.2017
07:00 pm
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Cottbus – Großes Haus
20.11.2017
08:00 pm
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Milano – Teatro alla Scala
22.11.2017
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Milano – Teatro alla Scala
23.11.2017
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Milano – Teatro alla Scala
01.12.2017
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Kaiserslautern – Fruchthalle
03.12.2017
07:30 pm
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Mannheim – Rosengarten, Mozartsaal
08.12.2017
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Berlin – Komische Oper

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