Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Gilead Mishory was born in 1960 in Jerusalem and studied at the Rubin Academy. On the recommendation of Alfred Brendel he completed his studies with Gerhard Oppitz in Munich and with Hans Leygraf in Salzburg at the “Mozarteum”.
He performs solo, with orchestras and with renowned chamber music partners in Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea and Israel. His extremely wide ranging repertoire includes all musical styles with a special emphasis on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Gilead Mishory is the first pianist to have recorded the complete piano works and chamber music with piano by Leos Janácek. Other CDs with works by Haydn, Brahms, Bartók, Debussy, his own compositions and numerous radio-recordings received instant critical acclaim. Enthusiastic reviews of the press describe him as a “magician of sound”, a “technically perfect poet of the piano” and a “pianist with a sense of sound, charm and esprit”.
Mishory's cycle “Lider-Togbuch” after poems by Sutzkever, premièred in 1998, was his breakthrough as a composer. His affinity to literature as a source of inspiration is shown also in his “Hebrew Ballads”, with poems by Else Lasker-Schüler, “Fugitive Pieces” for piano, after the novel by Anne Michaels, the string quartet “Psalm” after Paul Celan, or ”Di Vayte Haymat Mayne”, for tenor and orchestra, after poems by Marc Chagall. His first opera, “Isaac’s Youth”, was completed in 2010. The first CD with Mishory’s own works came out in 2011 by NEOS. Lately, Mishory’s piano-cycle “To Aeneas”, published by Peermusic Classical and recorded on CD by NEOS, 2017, was unanimously hailed by the press. Ensemble “Aventure” premiered his “Earthly Dances” in 2019.
Gilead Mishory dedicates a substantial part of his energy to pedagogical work. Since 2000 he is professor at the renowned University of Music in Freiburg and is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. Many of his students are successful performers and teachers. Numerous children around the world play his pieces from “My Grandpa and I” and “My Grandma and I”.