The String Quartet
Harmonic Thinking in Performance
Composer, pianist, improviser, conductor, and interdisciplinary artist, Noam Sivan has been featured in venues around North America, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Paris’s Salle Cortot, Los Angeles’s Zipper Hall, Royal Conservatories in Brussels and The Hague, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Canada’s Scotia Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia Festival, Jerusalem Theater, and Tel Aviv Museum. Over 50 of his compositions have been presented, including operas, music for dance, song cycles, orchestral and chamber works, and evening-long multimedia shows. These have been performed by Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, Mannes Opera & Orchestra, Thalamus Voices with members of the Israel Philharmonic, and many others. As a pianist, he premiered his own piano concerto in the triple role of soloist, conductor, and composer, performed the Asian premiere of the Viktor Ullmann piano concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra; and performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations encored by his live improvisation on the piece for an Israeli national TV broadcast.
A notable pioneer in the revival of improvisation in the classical music world, Noam Sivan has given evening-length improvised piano recitals, conducted orchestral improvisations, and collaborated on multidisciplinary improvisations with musicians, singers, dancers, and actors. In 2013 he became the first musician from North America invited to perform and lecture at the all-European ERASMUS Improvisation Intensive Project in The Netherlands, hosted under the auspices of the European Union.
Born in Israel (1978), Noam Sivan holds a doctorate from the Juilliard School, and is currently a faculty member at Juilliard and Mannes College. He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009.