Director of Improvisation
Improvisation, Advanced Counterpoint, Keyboard Studies, Supplementary Composition
Noam Sivan is a composer, pianist, improviser, conductor, and interdisciplinary artist who has been featured in venues internationally including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Paris’s Salle Cortot, Montreal’s Schulich Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ravinia Festival, and Tel Aviv Museum.
A notable pioneer in the revival of improvisation in the classical music world, Dr. Sivan has given evening-length improvised piano recitals; conducted orchestral improvisations; and collaborated on multidisciplinary improvisations with musicians, singers, dancers, and actors. His 2017 album Ambiro’s Journey, the first-ever piano improvisation studio album featuring more than 70 minutes of continuous music recorded in a single unedited take, has been described as “a new marker in the evolution of improvisation.” 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.
As a pianist, Dr. Sivan premiered his own piano concerto in the triple role of soloist, conductor, and composer. He performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations, followed by his live improvisation on the piece, for an Israeli national TV broadcast. He gave the Asian premiere of the Viktor Ullmann piano concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. His compositions have been presented by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Biennial Festival, Mannes Opera, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the Horszowski Trio, and many others.
Born in Israel, Dr. Sivan holds a doctorate from the Juilliard School, where he is also on faculty. He has taught at Mannes College of Music for ten years, and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009.
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