Tzimon Barto

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Born: January 2, 1963; Eustis, FL  
Tzimon Barto is one of those rare musicians to have established a notable parallel career in another artistic field: along with achieving great success as a concert pianist, he has drawn acclaim for his first book, A lady of Greek origin, a work of 28 poems, all of disparate style. To say Barto's intellect is rare would be an understatement: he speaks five languages; reads ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Latin; and is a scholar of literature, Read more philosophy, natural science and the Bible. Barto's piano repertory is broad, encompassing works by Bach, Rameau, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin, de Falla, Joplin, and many others.

Barto was born Johnny Barto Smith, Jr., on January 2, 1963, in Eustis, FL. At 5 he began taking piano lessons from his grandmother, and at 9 he wrote an opera, including the libretto. He studied music at Rollins College and the Brevard Music Center. From 1981-1885 he studied at Juilliard under the iconic piano pedagogue Adele Marcus, who suggested that her student change his name to Tzimon Barto.

Barto won the Juilliard concerto competition and twice won the Gina Bachauer Competition. At the behest of composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Barto, having also studied conducting, was invited to appear at the 1985 Spoleto Festival as both conductor and pianist. The following year Barto led performances there of Menotti's opera, The Saint of Bleecker Street.

1989 was a pivotal year in Barto's career: he debuted at the Vienna Musikverein in February with conductor Christoph Eschenbach, and his first recording -- featuring the Prokofiev Third Concerto, the Ravel G major Concerto, and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue -- was released on EMI. At the invitation of Herbert von Karajan, he appeared at the Salzburg Festival the following year. Barto became a familiar presence on the concert circuit thereafter, regularly appearing at major venues in the U.S. and abroad: New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg. Numerous recordings appeared in the 1990s and early years of the new century as well.

In 2001, his book A lady of Greek origin was published and later a stage version of it was presented in Frankfurt, Germany, and Vienna (2005). Barto's collection on CD of keyboard works by Rameau, entitled A Basket of Wild Strawberries, was released in spring, 2006 on the Ondine label. Read less

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Born: January 2, 1963; Eustis, FL  
Tzimon Barto is one of those rare musicians to have established a notable parallel career in another artistic field: along with achieving great success as a concert pianist, he has drawn acclaim for his first book, A lady of Greek origin, a work of 28 poems, all of disparate style. To say Barto's intellect is rare would be an understatement: he speaks five languages; reads ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Latin; and is a scholar of literature, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Le desert
II. Les orioles
III. Ce qui est ecrit sur les etoiles
IV. Le cossyphe d'Heuglin
V. Cedar Breaks et le don de crainte
VI. Appel interstellaire
VII. Bryce Canyon et les rochers rouge-orange
VIII. Les ressuscites et le chant de l'etoile Aldebaran
IX. Le moqueur polyglotte
X. La grive des bois
XI. Omao, Leiothrix, Elepaio, Shama
XII. Zion Park et la Cite Celeste
No. 1 in G Minor
No. 2 in E-Flat Major
No. 3 in G-Sharp Minor, "La campanella"
No. 4 in E Major
No. 5 in E Major
No. 6 in A Minor
Book 1: Variation 1
Book 1: Variation 2
Book 1: Variation 3
Book 1: Variation 4
Book 1: Variation 5
Book 1: Variation 6
Book 1: Variation 7
Book 1: Variation 8
Book 1: Variation 9
Book 1: Variation 10
Book 1: Variation 11
Book 1: Variation 12
Book 1: Variation 13
Book 1: Variation 14
Book 2: Variation 1
Book 2: Variation 2
Book 2: Variation 3
Book 2: Variation 4
Book 2: Variation 5
Book 2: Variation 6
Book 2: Variation 7
Book 2: Variation 8
Book 2: Variation 9
Book 2: Variation 10
Book 2: Variation 11
Book 2: Variation 12
Book 2: Variation 13
Book 2: Variation 14
Introduction: Allegro vivace
Variation 1: Precedente
Theme: L'istesso tempo
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Piu vivo
Variation 5: Tempo precedente
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation 8: Tempo I
Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
Variation 10: Poco marcato
Variation 11: Moderato
Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 13: Allegro
Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
Variation 16. Allegretto
Variation 17: (Allegretto)
Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Variation 19: A tempo vivace
Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
I. Pomphaft mit Kraft und Schwung - bedeutend langsamer, sehr empfindungsvoll, schwer und ernst - Tempo I
II. Heiterer Satz. Ziemlich schnell, in einheitlich atemlosem Zeitmass
III. Ausserst ruhig, versonnen, schwarmerisch
IV. Rasch, ungeschlacht launig
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
III. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuet
I. -
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Menuet
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Ondine
II. Le gibet
III. Scarbo
Cantabile in B flat
Contredanse in G flat
Preludes: Prelude No. 1 in C (Agitato)
Preludes: Prelude No. 2 in A minor (Lento)
Preludes: Prelude No. 3 in G (Vivace)
Preludes: Prelude No. 4 in E minor (Largo)
Preludes: Prelude No. 5 in D (Molto allegro)
Preludes: Prelude No. 6 in B minor (Assai lento)
Preludes: Prelude No. 7 in A (Andantino)
Preludes: Prelude No. 8 in F sharp minor (Molto agitato)
Preludes: Prelude No. 9 in E (Largo)
Preludes: Prelude in C sharp minor (Sostenuto) Op. 45
Preludes: Prelude No. 11 in B (Vivace)
Preludes: Prelude No. 12 in G sharp minor (Presto)
Preludes: Prelude No. 13 in F sharp (Lento)
Preludes: Prelude No. 14 in E flat minor (Allegro)
Preludes: Prelude No. 15 in D flat 'Raindrop' (Sostenuto)
Preludes: Prelude No. 16 in B flat minor (Presto con fuoco)
Preludes: Prelude in A flat Op. posth.
Preludes: Prelude No. 18 in F minor (Molto allegro)
Preludes: Prelude No. 19 in E flat (Vivace)
Preludes: Prelude No. 20 in C minor (Largo)
Preludes: Prelude No. 21 in B flat (Cantabile)
Preludes: Prelude No. 22 in G minor (Molto agitato)
Preludes: Prelude No. 23 in F (Moderato)
Preludes: Prelude No. 24 in D minor (Allegro appassionato)


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