News 2013

October 29th: Lecture-Recital on Improvisation in Classical Music, Past and Present

Juilliard Doctoral Forum, Morse Hall, Juilliard, 5:00 – 6:00pm

A pioneer of classical improvisation, Noam Sivan will present an historical overview of improvisation from the Baroque era till the present day, accompanied by live examples at the piano; discuss the reasons for the decline of improvisation in recent generations; detail its numerous benefits for the performing musician today; and call for its revival. The event will conclude with an improvised sonata on a theme provided by the audience.

October 29th: Horszowski Trio premieres “A Lightning Whisper”

Miller Theatre, New York City 6:00 – 7:00pm

Free admission

The Horszowski Trio performs its first world premiere, “A Lightning Whisper”, from Poems Without Words by composer Noam Sivan, in a program that also includes trios by J. Harbison and J. Tower.

November 3rd - 7th: concerts, lectures, and workshops at the ERASMUS Impro Intensive in the Netherlands

During the first week of November Noam Sivan will participate at the Third ERASMUS Improvisation Intensive Festival, hosted under the auspices of the European Union. Similarly to last year, he is the only non-European improvising musician invited to this festival. Other participating artists and teachers are representatives of Paris Conservatoire, Guildhall School in London, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, ESMUC in Bercelona, Estonian Academy in Tallinn, and seven other European institutions. Dr. Sivan will give concerts and workshops, and lecture on his pedagogical method, based on the improvisation classes that he teaches at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and Mannes College.

Sample video: An improvised sonata on a theme given by the audience, from last year's festival (Feb. 2013)

November 15th: Chin Kim premieres Life Strings for solo violin at Mannes College

Free admission

Having presented annual faculty recitals at Mannes College for decades, this is the first time violinist Chin Kim will premiere (and perform from memory) a new work in his Mannes recital. "Life Strings", by Noam Sivan, is in five movements, with the following titles:

The Ladder: may you keep climbing the ladder of life, always reaching new heights of expression

Celestial: May you join the eternal dialogue between the celestial and the human

Play: May you cherish the joy of play

Solitude: May you look inside in moments of pain, and cry

Awakening: May you burst with vitality, embracing the richness of life

Solo Improvisation Featured on the first Curtis Music History online course at Coursera (October / November 2013)

This semester, the Curtis Institute offers two free online courses for the first time. The only improvised performance included in either of these courses is a video clip of Noam Sivan’s live solo piano improvisation, featured on Week 2 of the Western Music History course. This improvised performance was viewed this month by an audience of 16,000 users worldwide, and has been widely and enthusiastically discussed at the Coursera forums. It has also inspired the creation of several special Coursera forums dedicated to discussing the relevance of improvisation in classical music today.




Solo Piano Recitals in Jerusalem, May 2010

Noam Sivan will perform an all-Chopin recital at the Eden-Tamir Music Center in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, on Friday, May 21st 2010, at 12:00, presented in collaboration with the Aldwell Center and the Chopin Society. The recital will be broadcast live on the Israeli radio.

On Sunday at 20:00, May 23rd, he will perform a solo recital at the Mormon University in Jerusalem, combining works by Chopin with improvisations.

Noam Sivan & Guest Artists in a special concert in Haifa

On May 27, 2010, at 20:00, Noam Sivan will present a concert at the WIZO school in Haifa, Israel, together with composer and guitarist Daniel Akiva, theater actor Dori Engel, and soprano Noa Bizansky. Half of the concert will be a solo piano recital, and the other half will feature interdisciplinary improvisations, combining music, poetry, and drama.

Faculty Recital at the Curtis Institute on May 17, 2010

Noam Sivan performs a faculty piano recital at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, combining works by Chopin with improvisations.

Piano Recital at Klavierhaus on May 11, 2010

Noam Sivan will perform a piano recital at Klavierhaus in New York City on May 11, 2010, at 7 PM. The program consists of works by Chopin alongside improvisations.

MayaNoam Piano Duo at the Puffin Cultural Forum

Noam Sivan and Maya Hartman, a husband and wife team, perform a duo recital at the Puffin Foundation Cultural Forum in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 2nd 2010 at 4 PM.

University of New Mexico in Albuquerque: Composers' Symposium, March 28-31, 2010

Guest composer Noam Sivan will perform several of his chamber compositions, including the world premiere of the Trio Amoroso for three musicians and seven instruments, which was commissioned by Philip Coonce and Margaret Jane Radin. He will also conduct an orchestral improvisation, lecture on his music, teach a composition seminar to students from the university, and participate in panel discussions.

Guest Lecturing at the University of California Los Angeles, March 2010

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Herb Alpert School of Music has invited composer Noam Sivan to lead a composition seminar and an improvisation workshop on March 1st 2010.

West Coast Premiere of In the Mountains of Jerusalem

Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin and composer-pianist Noam Sivan will present the West Coast Premiere of Mr. Sivan's song cycle In the Mountains of Jerusalem in a concert at the Zipper Concert Hall of the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles on February 28th, 2010.

Lecturing at the Conductors' Forum of the Curtis Institute, February 2010

Noam Sivan was invited to lead the Conductors’ Forum of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia on February 24th 2010, presenting methods for analyzing 20th Century orchestral scores.

London Sessions with David Dolan, February 2010

David Dolan and Noam Sivan, two pioneers in the revival of improvisation in classical music, worked together for a few days in London improvising on two pianos, preparing all-improvisation concerts for next season.

Alei-Shir Concerts in Israel, February 2010

The Cabin of Loneliness - Bitan Habdidut, received its world premiere in its new version for Chorus and String Orchestra. It was performed by the Moran Singers, led by music director Naomi Faran and stage director Yulia Pevzner, and Tel-Aviv Soloists, conducted by Barak Tal. Alei-Shir Concerts took place in Haifa and Jerusalem in memory of Danny Cohen. The program included also an improvisation in music and words created and performed by Noam Sivan together with actor Dori Engel.

Improvisation Concert in New York, January 2010

On January 31st 2010, Manhattan Music and Art presented pianist-composer Noam Sivan in an Improvisation Concert, which he performed together with several guest artists, all of whom are past participants of Mr. Sivan's Improvisation Workshops at Mannes College: violinist Yi-Chun Lin, violist Chiu-Chen Liu, cellist Yu-Han Chen, and pianist Jieh-Hau Chang.

Boston Premiere of Fantasy on Bach Chorales

Pianist Maya Hartman opened her January 23rd Boston debut recital with Noam Sivan's Fantasy on Bach Chorales. The recital was presented by Pro Musicis.

Guest Composer at the University of Michigan, January 2010

On January 7th 2010, Noam Sivan served as guest composer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He performed his own music and directed an improvisation workshop.

First-Ever All-Improvisation Concert at Curtis, December 2009

The first-ever all-improvisation concert in the long history of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia took place on December 16th, 2009, in the Fields Concert Hall, performed by Noam Sivan and Curtis students who participated in his Improvisation Workshop. Mr. Sivan recently joined the Curtis Institute as one of the youngest faculty members.

North River Music Season 23
Featured Artist: Noam Sivan, composer & pianist
Thursday, 3/26/2009, 8pm at Renee Weiler Concert Hall
Greenwich Music House, 46 Barrow Street, New York City

Composer and pianist Noam Sivan presents his recent chamber and vocal works, featuring some wonderful performers: clarinetist Anthony McGill, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, and the Momenta String Quartet. The program includes the world premiere of his Piano Quintet, as well as the song cycle In the Mountains of Jerusalem, the Five Miniatures for clarinet and piano, and String Quartet no. 1.

The Edward Aldwell Center for Piano in Jerusalem

presents guest artist Noam Sivan for a week-long residency on November 23-27, 2008, including a solo piano recital, piano master-classes, and an improvisation workshop. The recital program was Bach: Chromatic Fantasy; Sivan: Fantasy on Bach Chorales; Ligeti: Five Etudes; and the Chopin Preludes linked by live Improvisations.

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