Tomer Lev (Israel)

Томер Лев

Tomer Lev enjoys an unusually versatile career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. As concert pianist he performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Near East and the Far East as soloist with orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician. He was presented at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Municipal Theater of Shanghai, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, the Rudolfinum in Prague, Sala Sao Paulo, Glen Gould Hall in Toronto; as well as in all Israeli concert halls, including the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem Henri Crown Symphony Hall, Haifa Auditorium, among others.

As soloist, Tomer Lev collaborated with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Tanglewood Festival, Varna Festival, Colorado, Quebec, Kiev and many others, including all major Israeli orchestras.

At the international festival scene, Tomer Lev took part at Tanglewood and Norfolk (US), Prague Winter, Madrid’s San Isidr Quando in Taiwan, Xiamen in China, Alion Baltic in Estonia, Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer, Israel Festival in Jerusalem and the Upper Galilee Festival. He recorded for the Radio and TV networks of ZDF and SWF (Germany), DRS (Switzerland), IBA (Israel). His recordings were issued by UK labels of ASV/Sanctuary Records and Champs Hill Records.

Tomer Lev was first featured by the Jerusalem Symphony at the age of 15 and ever since then he closely collaborated with all Israeli orchrestras, including several concert series with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Mehta, Yoel Levi, Jerzy Semkow and others. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he was a member of the Israel Piano Trio and toured with the ensemble in Europe and South America.

In 2011 Tomer Lev started the MultiPiano project, a modular piano ensemble featuring the next generation of young Israeli pianists, dedicated to the rich literature written for keyboard ensembles, from piano in 4 hands to multi-hand combinations. MultiPiano was presented world-wide and in 2015 was awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for the “Best Israeli Chamber Ensemble”.

Tomer Lev is the head of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. In 2004, together with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Zubin Mehta and Businessman Joseph Buchmann, he was among the founders of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and was appointed as its first director. The school trains Israel’s elite young musicians and nurtures a future generation for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

A graduate of the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts, Lev studied the piano with his mother, pianist Naomi Lev; and composition with composer Tzvi Avni. He completed his B.Mus and M.Mus degrees at the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv University, where he studied with pianists Arie Vardi and Victor Derevianko. He received his Doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he studied with pianist Gilbert Kalish.