Benita Meshulam

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May 25, 2020
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December 11, 2020
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Benita Meshulam

Benita Meshulam began her first serious piano studies as a young student of Sidney Foster in Bloomington, Indiana. At Indiana University, she participated in chamber music classes with Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok. She continued her piano studies with Richard Goode in New York and later coached with Murray Perahia in London.

Benita Meshulam’s international recognition was first noted in The New York Times when Harold C. Schonberg wrote of her “Iberia”, “Ms. Meshulam goes through the music with rhythmic snap, a fine feeling for line and the sense of tradition handed down from the composer to Ricardo Vines, Blanche Selva, Frank Marshall, and Ms. De Larrocha”. Schonberg subsequently listed her recording on the Recommended Listening List of The New York Times. Benita Meshulam has received equal notices from BBC, Classic CD, Fanfare, Stereophile, Classical Music Guide, Scherzo, Ritmo, and numerous other publications. Her recordings of the complete “Iberia”, “Goyescas”, complete piano solos of Manuel de Falla and complete piano music of Xavier Montsalvatge have distinguished her in the genre of Spanish music. Maestro Montsalvatge reworked original piano pieces in order to be presented in her recording of his music. She has been a frequent guest at the Spanish Institute, Instituto Cervantes, and the Foundation of Spanish and Iberian Music in New York City. Her recordings are routinely broadcast on “Reflections from the Keyboard” and she has been a guest on NPR (National Public Radio) and the BBC.

Christopher Elton’s international recognition has come as a result of the many successes of his students at the Royal Academy of Music. Many have won international awards, including first prizes in the Van Cliburn ,London “World” International Piano and “Top of the World” Competitions as well as in the 2014 Shenzen International Piano Competition and the 2014 Montreal International Piano Competition. Further recent successes include prizewinners in four recent Leeds International Piano Competition finals as well as in earlier Tchaikovsky, Leipzig Bach, Dublin, Shanghai and many other such competitons. Many of his students are now recording artists, including Freddy Kempf, Yevgeny Sudbin, Joanna MacGregor and Benjamin Grosvenor.

As an author, she has written articles in “Clavier” and “Piano Today” Magazines. Her master classes and lecture-recitals have been widely attended throughout conservatories and universities in the United States as well as in Europe, including the Utrecht Conservatory and Steinway Halls. She has been a Steinway artist since 1990.

She has also been a judge in international competitions and last year gave an interview at the NY Global Music Competition Winners Concert on preparation and pedagogy involving competitions. Ms. Meshulam is currently teaching at The New School University in New York City as well as the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Westchester, NY. Her students have distinguished themselves in international competitions and professorships in major universities throughout the world.

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