Praised by The New York Times and The Washington Post for his “Lively and imaginative playing”, “Sensational nimble-fingered electrifying triumphal performances” Genadi Zagor commands a bewildering range of styles and combines an alacrity for jazz bringing to the instrument the sonic resources, digital finesse and a Romantic piano color, nuance, and sonority.
A native of Krasnodar, Russia, Genadi Zagor began his music studies at the age of four with his father, a foremost guitarist and composer. He continued his piano studies at the Moscow Central Music School for gifted children. After graduating from Krasnodar’s Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music he went on to study at the Moscow State Conservatory. In 1991, Genadi immigrated to Israel and became an assistant to the world renowned Piano Duo Bracha Eden and Alexander Tamir at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.
Mr. Zagor holds prizes from the prestigious international piano competitions: Gina Bachauer, USA; the Arthur Rubinstein, Israel; the Leeds International Pianoforte, UK; the Hamamatsu, Japan and others. In 1995, Genadi became a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for outstanding artists and appeared in a special recital at the Presidential Palace for the seventh President of Israel, Ezer Weizman. In 1997, as a cultural mission leader for the Jerusalem municipality, he performed in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic. In 2000, Genadi moved to the United States and joined Maestro Alexander Toradze’s Piano Studio at Indiana University (South Bend). After completing his Artist Diploma, Genadi accepted a position of Visiting Artist at the University of Northern Iowa.
Throughout his career, Genadi appeared with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Gotham City Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Post-Classical Ensemble and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, among others. Mr. Zagor has performed on stages and at festivals around the world as well as radio and television programs in USA, Germany, Israel, Austria, Italy and France.
This last summer Genadi had the opportunity to travel to the top Music Schools in Taiwan and Singapore including the University of Taipei, the Tunghai University, the Shih-Chien University, the Taichung Municipal Cingshuei Senior High School, and the NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory where he gave masterclasses to undergraduate and graduate students, solo recitals, and one-to-one applied piano lessons. Additionally, Genadi performed in the Taipei Steinway Showroom Gallery and the Taipei TV station. Mr. Zagor recently released a double CD Piano Solo Album Schuman in Love that includes Symphonic Etudes, Kreisleriana, Arabesque, and his own improvisation to great acclaim and a CD album of flute and piano compositions Music of the British Isles with flautist Richard Sherman on the Blue Griffin Recording Label.
Upcoming engagements include concerts in California, Washington DC, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Israel, Taiwan and Singapore. Genadi holds a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the Michigan State University where he serves as an Instructor of Piano in College of Music.