Pianist Baruch Meir is one of only 65 artists worldwide named Bösendorfer Concert Artist since the founding of the company in 1828. Meir has performed extensively in Austria, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Portugal, Serbia and the United States. Meir has presented recitals at the Bösendorfer Saal, Vienna; Bauman Auditorium, Oregon; Murphy Hall, Popper Theater and Nixon Library in Los Angeles; Dixon Hall, New Orleans; Wise Auditorium, Jerusalem; Bates Recital Hall, Austin; Katzin Hall and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Arizona, and at the Toujours Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria.
An associate professor of piano at the Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute, Meir maintains a busy teaching schedule in addition to his international concert career. Meir toured China’s main music schools a number of times, including the Shanghai Conservatory, the Sichuan Conservatory, and Wenzhou University where he was awarded a guest professorship. He has also taught at Seoul National University, Yonsei, Kookmin, Hanyang, Sunhwa, Kyoungbook and Seoul Arts High School in South Korea. Meir has also given master classes at the Music Academy in Vienna, the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, The Buchman-Mehta Music Academy at Tel Aviv University, the Manhattan School of Music, and various conservatories and universities and music festivals in the United States, Asia and Europe.
A native of Israel, Meir is a summa cum laude graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, where he earned his master’s degree in piano performance. He holds the Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from ASU. His teachers include Walter Aufhauser, Michael Boguslavsky, Rachel Popilski Gordon, Robert Hamilton, Pnina Salzman, and Irina Zaritskaya. Meir’s distinctions include the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Awards, the British Council Fellowship, the ASU concerto competition, and the first place at the Klatzkin Competition for Contemporary Piano Music.
At Arizona State University, Meir maintains a class of outstanding pianists from all over the world. His students were awarded top prizes in various competitions, including top prizes at MTNA Competition (most recently the 2nd place national winner of the 2021 collegiate piano division) , the Schmindbauer International Competition, the North International Music Competition, Yamaha USASU International Competition, Carmel Clavier International Competition, New York Young Concert Artist International Competition, Washington International Piano Artists Competition, Putra International Competition, Radda Rise International Competition, winners at the ASU Concert of Soloists Concerto Competition, and many others. Meir also frequently adjudicates in many international competitions including the Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial in Serbia, Los Angeles Young Musicians International Competition, the Russian Music Competition in Vancouver, Psanter Letamid National Piano Competition in Israel, Shanghai’s China National Competition, and others. Meir previously taught at Music Fest Perugia summer festival, and he is currently on the piano faculty of the Semper Music (Schlern) International Festival in the Italian Alps and the White Nights International Piano Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Baruch Meir is the Founder, President, Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition. www.pianocompetition.asu.edu