PIANO – Department Head
Shira Shaked’s career has seen her recent concerts with world renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov grow into an ongoing collaboration. In addition to playing solo and chamber recitals, Shira performed duos with Pavel Vernikov, as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with the Stony Brook, Symphonette Ra’anana and Tel Aviv University orchestras. She recorded two albums with Israel Prize awarded poet Natan Zach and composer Shlomi Frige, and took part in the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, Eilat Chamber Music Festival, West Village Musical Theatre Festival and the Tel-Aviv Piano Festival. Shira has participated in numerous international masterclasses held by Pnina Salzman, Joanna MacGregor, Pavel Gililov , Albert Tiu and The Tel-Hai Piano Master-classes, and has received scholarships from Stony Brook University and the Tel-Aviv Music Academy.
Born in 1981 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Shira began her piano studies at the age of four. At eight years old she joined the class of Adina Wertheim at the Tel Aviv Conservatory, where she graduated with honors. Having concluded her service in the IDF ‘Excelled Musician’ program, Shira enrolled in Tel Aviv Music Academy, where she earned a B.Mus degree in piano performance, studying under Michael Boguslavsky and Mark Shaviner. She then went on to complete M. Mus studies with Vadim Monastirsky at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Shira recently received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Prof. Gilbert Kalish.
Shira’s debut release of solo piano recordings, titled RED, is an emotionally charged recital program accomplished through blood (figurative), sweat and tears (literal).
Shira’s future plans include concerts with Maxim Vengerov, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and the Jerusalem symphony Orchestra, solo recitals and a recording of Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis.