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Tzimon Barto

“Barto is audibly interested in the spirit of the piano concerto and not in himself”

The connection between poetry and music is for Tzimon Barto of utmost importance and meaning, both as a pianist and in his writings. His musical interpretations are exceedingly personal and unconventional. They captivate audiences with his zeal, exquisite sense of tonal color, subtle nuances and 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 celebrated his international breakthrough in the mid-1980’s when he performed at the Wiener Musikverein and the Salzburger Festspiele at the invitation of Herbert von Karajan. Tzimon Barto has performed with almost every major international orchestra and is a regular guest at the most renowned festivals.

Highlights of previous seasons include his performances at La Scala Milan as well as his Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In 2016/17, as part of his residency with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, he played Ravel’s Piano Concerto on an extremely successful tour in Spain. As part of the Présences Festival 2019 in Paris, Tzimon Barto performed with the Orchestre National de France, playing Rihm’s Second Piano Concerto, a work dedicated to him and premiered in 2014 at the Salzburg Festival together with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. After focusing on the piano concertos of Brahms and Bartók, he is currently concentrating on the less frequently performed Dvořák concerto, among others.

Tzimon Barto’s extensive discography includes albums featuring works by Haydn, Rameau, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Brahms. His latest releases are dedicated to the Ives Concord Sonata, the Busoni version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as the Paganini Variations of Liszt, Brahms, Lutoslawski and Rachmaninov. 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. naïve published the first book of J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier digitally in the spring of 2023, with the second book to follow in the fall.

Born and raised in Florida, Tzimon Barto received his first piano lessons from 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 an international competition, and integrated the winning compositions in his recital programs.

Tzimon Barto speaks five languages fluently, reads ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew and is learning Mandarin. His book A Lady of Greek Origin was published in 2001 and again in 2008 in a revised version, and a stage version was performed in Frankfurt and Vienna. In 2010, his novel Harold Flanders was published.

Season 2023/2024 | Photo: Malolm Yawn | Quote: Berliner Morgenpost, March 2 2020
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Tzimon Barto in Mainz and Berlin

9 November 2023

Tzimon Barto has come to Germany this week for a series of engagements. At the weekend he will first play two concerts with the Staatsorchester Mainz, performing Dvorak’s […] more ...

Tzimon Bartos WTK II with Naïve

15 September 2023

Today is the release of Tzimon Barto’s recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier, Book II. This album will be published by naïve, after they already worked together on distributing […] more ...

Tzimon Barto plays Gershwin in Lubeck

19 May 2023

Tzimon Barto is currently visiting the philharmonic orchestra of the city of Lubeck. Together with their music director Stefan Vladar he will present George Gershwin’s Concerto in F […] more ...

Tzimon Barto’s WTK I with Naïve

4 April 2023

After several singles have been giving a first taste in recent weeks, Tzimon Barto’s recording of the first book of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier has now been […] more ...

Tzimon Barto and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

19 January 2023

This weekend, Tzimon Barto will jump in and perform with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz under direction of Michael Francis. They will play two concerts in Ludwigshafen and Ludwigsburg and […] more ...

Tzimon Barto and the Well-Tempered Clavier

10 January 2023

At the end of the 2022 “Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus” published the EP Booke of Songes by Tzimon Barto. The publication contains excerpts of Tzimon Barto’s complete recording of […] more ...

Tzimon Barto at Konzerthaus Berlin

13 October 2022

This week Tzimon Barto will play three concerts with the Konzerthausorchestra Berlin. Under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach they will play Gershwin’s seldomly heard Piano Concerto in F. […] more ...

Recital with Tzimon Barto

25 April 2022

Tonight Tzimon Barto will perform a recital at Kulturring Hildesheim. His program will consist of pieces that he has for the most parts also recorded on CD. After […] more ...

Tzimon Barto at Komische Oper Berlin

5 October 2021

This week, Tzimon Barto will return to the Komische Oper Berlin. Together with the opera’s orchestra under the direction of Ainārs Rubiķis he will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto […] more ...

Tzimon Barto at Konzerthaus Berlin

26 February 2020

The established duo of Tzimon Barto and Christoph Eschenbach will team up again this week at Konzerthaus Berlin. First, they will interpret Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto together with […] more ...

Tzimon Barto in Japan and Germany

15 January 2020

Tzimon Barto kicks off the new year in the land of the rising sun. In Tokyo he will be performing Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto together with the NHK […] more ...

Tzimon Barto and Brahms in Mainz

2 October 2019

Tzimon Barto is in Mainz for three concerts: Two nights he will be playing Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto together with Principal Conductor Hermann Bäumer and the Philharmonische Staatsorchester […] more ...

Tzimon Barto and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

31 May 2019

Tzimon Barto’s, Christoph Eschenbach’s and the DSO’s Bartók project is entering its second round: After Bartók’s 2nd Piano Concerto was performed and recorded in December, it’s time for […] more ...

Tzimon Barto in Paris

13 February 2019

On the day of love in the city of love. On February 14th Tzimon Barto plays Rihm’s Piano Concerto in Paris, together with the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio […] more ...

Tzimon Barto with the DSO in Berlin

5 December 2018

Tzimon Barto can be heard  on December 06th with Bartok’s 2nd Piano Concerto together with Christoph Eschenbach and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in the Berliner Philharmonic. 06th December 2018 […] more ...

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 Programs

11 January 2024

“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 ...

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J. S. Bach
Piano concerto No. 3 in D major BWV 1054
Piano concerto No. 4 in A major BWV 1055

Piano concerto No. 1 in E minor Sz. 83 / BB 91
Piano concerto No. 2 in G major Sz. 95 / BB 101
Piano concerto No. 3 in E major Sz. 119 / BB 127

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

Piano concerto No. 1 in D minor op. 15
Piano concerto No. 2 in B-flat major op. 83

Piano concerto No. 1 in E minor op. 11
Piano concerto No. 2 in F minor op. 21
Andante Spiniato et Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat major op. 22
Variations on La ci darem la mano

Piano concerto in G minor op. 33

Concerto in F
Rhapsody in Blue

Piano concerto in A minor op. 16

Piano concerto No. 2 in A major S. 125

all Piano concertos

Piano concerto in E-flat major op. 31

Piano concerto No. 2 in G minor op. 16
Piano concerto No. 3 in C major op. 26

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

Piano concerto in G major

Piano concerto No. 2

Piano concerto No. 2 in G minor op. 22

R. Schumann
Introduction and Allegro appassionato in G major op. 92
Concert allegro with introducton D minor op. 134
Geistervariationen – Theme with variations in E-flat major WoO 24

R. Strauss

Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor op. 23

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
Naïve (2023)

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Naïve (2023)

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)

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

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)

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
Sonata No. 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)

Gaspard de la nuit
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)

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)

24 Préludes op. 28
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)

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

Mazeppa – Etudes d’exécution transcendante No. 4
Harmonie du soir – Etudes d’exécution transcendantes No. 11
Hungarina Rhapsody No. 6 D flat major
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: 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: 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 and the Well-tempered Clavier

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

Tzimon Barto – Gershwin: Concerto in F major for Piano and Orchestra

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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