‘SHARON BEZALY IS GOD’S GIFT TO THE FLUTE’
The Times

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Described by The Times (UK) as ‘God’s gift to the flute’, Sharon Bezaly was chosen as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ by the prestigious Klassik Echo in Germany in 2002 and as ‘Young Artist of the Year’ at the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003. Hailed as a flautist ‘virtually without peer in the world today’ on ClassicsToday.com, Sharon Bezaly has inspired renowned composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina and Kalevi Aho to write for her, and has to date twenty dedicated concertos which she performs worldwide.  She has brought to life more or less unknown Concertos by Doráti, Kletzki, and Schnittke.

Collaborating with orchestras like the Minnesota Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, all of the British BBC orchestras, Osaka Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Gothenburg Symphony, Residentie Orchestra, Lahti Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo, Camerata Salzburg, Singapore Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta and several others, she has made music with many esteemed conductors including Osmo Vänskä, Neeme Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Lan Shui, Martyn Brabbins, and John Neschling. She has also been very active in chamber music, collaborating with musicians like Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Ronald Brautigam.

As a member of BBC Radio 3’s ‘New Generation Artists’ Scheme during the period 2006–08, Sharon Bezaly was also the first wind player to be elected artist in residence (2007–08) by the Residentie Orchestra. Other high-profile appearances include performances at the Musik­verein Vienna, Gasteig Munich, at the BBC Proms, at Sydney Opera House with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and at the Bergen Festival. In 2012 she gave the US première of José Serebrier’s Flute Concerto at Carnegie Hall in a performance conducted by the composer. The work is also included on her acclaimed disc ‘Pipe Dreams’ ( BIS-1789 ), about which the International Record Review wrote: ‘No praise is too high for the combined musicianship, virtuosity and commitment of Bezaly.’ She has also given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Sharon Bezaly has always had a great interest in contemporary music and is now the living flautist with the greatest amount of concertos inspired by, and dedicated to, her in the world, including a great number of concertos and a lot of chamber and solo music from more than two dozen composers, among which are Kalevi Aho, Christian Lindberg, Haukur Tómasson,Sofia Gubaidulina, Zhou Long, Uljas Pulkkis, Mari Takano, Anders Hillborg, Sally Beamish, Yiu-kwong Chung, Brett Dean, Chen Yi, José Serebrier, Adina Izarra, and Ge, Gan-ru. These concertos (except Hillborg) are all recorded and freely available at her house label, BIS Records.  Also Jeff Beal – the composer of several famous works and an EMMY- winner for his music to the famous TV drama series “House of Cards” has composed a Concerto and Fantasy for her. Thus 16 composers from 12 countries in five continents have written 20 concertos for her, on top of which are many composers with chamber and solo works, all dedicated to her.

Sharon’s collaboration with her record label, BIS, has produced dozens of exciting recordings with repertoire ranging from the flute’s core repertoire, like Mozart, Ibert and Nielsen, to the breaking of new ground with repertoire by the composers that have dedicated their works to her. Most recently is an interesting programme with the flute version of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto (with the OSESP Orchestra in Brazil and Rautavaara’s Flute Concerto “Dances with the Winds” with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and a stunning recital with Vladimir Ashkenazy of the Franck and Fauré Violin Sonatas arr. Flute and Prokofiev Flute Sonata.  They have won her the highest accolades, including the Diapason d’Or (Diapason), Choc (Monde de la Musique), Editor’s Choice (Gramophone) and Stern des Monats (Fono Forum). Sharon is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris earning top prizes for chamber music and solo flute.

She plays on a 24-carat gold flute, specially made for her by the Muramatsu team. Her perfect control of circular breathing (taught by Aurèle Nicolet) enables her to reach new peaks of musical interpretation, as testified by the comparison to David Oistrakh and Vladimir Horowitz made in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Short version:

Described by The Times (UK) as ‘God’s gift to the flute’, Sharon Bezaly is hailed as a flautist ‘virtually without peer in the world today’ classicstoday.com. She has inspired renowned composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina and Kalevi Aho to write for her, and has to date twenty dedicated concertos which she performs worldwide.

Collaborating with the major orchestras of the word including those of Minnesota, Leipzig, London, Seoul, Taiwan, Cincinnati, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Gothenburg, The Hague, Lahti, São Paulo, Salzburg, and Singapore, she has performed with many esteemed conductors including Osmo Vänskä, Neeme Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Lan Shui, Martyn Brabbins, and John Neschling. In chamber music she collaborates with musicians like Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Ronald Brautigam and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House and at the BBC Proms.

Sharon Bezaly has always had a great interest in contemporary music and is now the world’s living flautist with the greatest amount of concertos and chamber music inspired by and dedicated to her from more than two dozen composers, among which are Kalevi Aho, Christian Lindberg, Haukur Tómasson,Sofia Gubaidulina, Zhou Long, Uljas Pulkkis, Mari Takano, Anders Hillborg, Sally Beamish, Yiu-kwong Chung, Brett Dean, Chen Yi, José Serebrier, Adina Izarra, and Ge, Gan-ru.

Sharon’s collaboration with her record label, BIS, has produced dozens of exciting recordings with repertoire ranging from the flute’s core repertoire, like Mozart, Ibert and Nielsen, to the breaking of new ground with repertoire by the composers that have dedicated their works to her. They have won her the highest accolades, including the Diapason d’Or (Diapason), Choc (Monde de la Musique), Editor’s Choice (Gramophone) and Stern des Monats (Fono Forum).

She plays on a 24-carat gold flute, specially made for her by the Muramatsu team, is a top prize winning graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris, a BBC New Generation Artist (2006/08), and the first wind player to be Artist in Residence for the Residentie Orkest (2007/08).

« PAGANINI DE LA FLÛTE »
Monde de la Musique

DEDICATED WORKS

Sharon Bezaly has always had a great interest in contemporary music and is presumably the living flautist with the greatest amount of concertos inspired by and dedicated to her in the world. At the time of writing this there are a great number of concertos and a lot of chamber and solo music from more than two dozen composers, among which Kalevi Aho, Sofia Gubaidulina, Christian Lindberg, Brett Dean, Sally Beamish and Haukur Tómasson stand out, as do the efforts of no less than four Sinoamerican composers and a Chinese one.  All of these concertos are recorded and freely available at her house label, BIS Records.  Also Jeff Beal – the composer of several famous works and an EMMY-winner for his music to the famous TV drama series *House of Cards* – will be ready with his Concerto during the first half of 2016.  Thus 16 composers from 11 countries in five continents have written 20 concertos for her, on top of which we can add a lot of composers with chamber and solo works, all dedicated to her.  And more to come…

„WÄRE DIE FLÖTE EBEN KEINE FLÖTE, SONDERN ALS SOLOINSTRUMENT SO POPULÄR WIE KLAVIER ODER GEIGE, MAN KÖNNTE IHR EINE HOROWITZ – ODER OISTRACH – KARRIERE PROPHEZEIEN… VERZAUBERND: SHARON BEZALY“
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

RECORDINGS

Sharon’s collaboration with her record label, BIS, has produced dozens of exciting recordings with repertoire ranging from the flute’s core repertoire, like Mozart, Ibert and Nielsen, to the breaking of new ground with repertoire like concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina, Kalevi Aho, Christian Lindberg, José Serebrier, Brett Dean and Sally Beamish, to name a few of the composers that have dedicated their works to her.

Teaming up with orchestras like the Stockholm Phil, Gothenburg SO, Residentie Orch in Haag, Lahti SO, São Paulo SO, Singapore SO, Tapiola Sinfonietta and several others, she has made music with conductors like Osmo Vänskä, Neeme Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Lan Shui, Martyn Brabbins, and John Neschling. She has also been very active in chamber music, collaborating with musicians like Gidon Kremer, Roland Brautigam, Nobuko Imai.

Her work with producers like Rob Suff and the five producers in Take5 has resulted in accolades such as Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, Gramophone’s Editor’s choice, BBC Music Magazine’s Choice of the Month and Fono Forum’s Stern des Monats as well as the ECHO Prize and the Cannes Classical Award.

Bezaly – Ashkenazy – Sonatas

Sonatas by César Franck, Gabriel Fauré and Sergey Prokofiev, with Vladimir Ashkenazy

Great Works for Flute and Orchestra

Works by Nielsen, Tomlinson Griffes, Reinecke, Chaminade, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc and Rimsky-Korsakov

Pipe Dreams

Works by Serebrier, Izarra, Vine and Ginastera

Complete list of recordings

‘HER RECORDINGS AND CONCERT APPEARANCES ARE TYPICALLY MORE THAN SIMPLY TRIUMPHS:
THEY ARE DEFINING ARTISTIC EVENTS.’
International Record Review

WHAT’S UP?

I am immensely thrilled to start an exciting collaboration with Jenny Rose at A.O.R management Inc. in Seattle as my general manager!
Jenny has been working hard these last couple of months, setting everything up and we are now ready to launch!
Please find her contact details under ‘CONTACT

I am waiting with anticipation for the official release date of the House of Cards SACD at the end of August. This Double SACD is one of BIS’s biggest projects ever!

Collaborating with composer and conductor Jeff Beal has enriched me both as a musician and as a person. Both Jeff and his wife, soprano Joan Beal, were there with me when we gave the US premiere of his Flute Concerto last May, together with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä.

Jeff’s and Joan’s presence on and off stage made the experience even more special. It has been a privilege collaborating with this epic orchestra and with Osmo, who has really made the piece his own and has impacted my interpretation of it.

We were all over the moon by the public’s warm reaction to this new piece, with standing ovations at all three concerts, screaming and cat-calling – what magical moments! I was truly touched by the warm reception of the piece by the orchestra members as well. Spending time with my flute colleagues in their wonderful Minneapolis was an added bonus!

Now its time to bring the concerto over to Europe! I will be doing that first on a tour with the Argovia Philharmonic (Switzerland).

Trombonist, conductor, composer Christian Lindberg was one of the first composers that has written for me. That was back in 2002. We have recorded his concerto with the Swedish Chamber orchestra and toured together in Sweden. I was playing Christian’s concerto in Europe, among others in the Musikverein in Vienna with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and Stefan Sólyom.

This season, Christian and I will join forces again, this time in his capacity as a conductor, alongside his NK orchestra (Israel) in a project of Israeli works for flute and orchestra. Composer Ella Sheriff is writing a newly commissioned piece for me. We met while I was in Israel about a year ago and really ’clicked’. I am so excited, knowing that she is in the process of composing as I write! Per England, Swedish and enormously multi-talented, is transcribing well-known Israeli folksongs for flute and orchestra.

There is also a new commission being written for me by Sebastian Fagerlund (Composer in Residence of the Consertgebouw, Amsterdam), to be premiered with the Tapiola Sinfonietta (Finland) and recorded by BIS.

But for the next weeks, it is all about family and sunshine! Happy summer!

 
 

‘IF SHARON BEZALY WERE TO PLAY THE MUSICAL EQUIVALENT OF THE LONDON TELEPHONE DIRECTORY ONE WOULD NO DOUBT STILL SIT MESMERIZED BY HER SUBLIME ARTISTRY’
International Record Review

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‘SHARON BEZALY AND HER GOLDEN FLUTE WOWED SYDNEY AUDIENCES WITH HER AUSTRALIAN DEBUT LAST NIGHT.’
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