Hi ! I am a classical pianist with many years of experience performing. Music is my great passion in life and I would love to share that passion with you. My strong ability to make your event personal and special for your needs has been acquired by additional years of playing background music of all genres at art galleries , weddings and corporate parties. I feel strongly about providing the best musical addition to your event.
I have done comedy on stage with the late Dudley Moore and am comfortable interacting with the audience,
From a formal performance to a very interactive entertaining musical evening, I can provide what you a special event which suits your needs .
Here is more about me :
Edith Hirshtal, Austrian born pianist, has won enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics alike. The New York Times called her "a pianist with something to say and that alone makes her preferable to the majority of pianists today." In that review of her debut performance at Carnegie Hall, the critic went on to describe her as "playing with heart, rich color and drama." The Los Angeles Times in a review of Ms. Hirshtal's solo recital at The Japan America Theatre called her "a strong addition to the Southern California community, a pianist with apparently eclectic tastes and commanding resources… (she) approached major works of Chopin and Mozart gamely and stylishly…in the Chopin b minor Sonata , the pianist displayed her reliable and charming facility in the Scherzo , her philosophical repose in the Largo , and her command of structure in the Finale." David Levinson in a review from The Press Telegram wrote " Under her fingers, the instrument sings"
As recital soloist, collaborative artist and concerto soloist . Hirshtal has been heard in concert halls throughout the United States, including The Philadelphia Academy of Music and Lincoln Center in New York City. She has appeared with principal members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Metropolitan Opera Company, the Philadelphia Opera Company, the Sequoia Quartet and as concerto soloist with San Francisco's Women' s Philharmonic. Ms. Hirshtal's performances have been broadcast on radio stations in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and in Los Angeles, where she has performed on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Sundays at Four live broadcasts. Her first Compact Disc was recorded in Los Angeles entitled 'Music Inspired by the film, Impromptu.' Her collaborations include performances with Michael Korn and the Philadelphia. Singers, Stephanie Chase, Jonathan Mack, Anne Perry, Peter Marsh, Gary Bovyer, William Powell,Joann Falleta, Neil Weintrob and Dudley Moore.
The recipient of many awards, Ms. Hirshtal was a prizewinner in the William Kappel International Piano Competition, where she won the prize for Best Classical Sonata for her performance of Beethoven's piano sonata, Opus 109. She was awarded the Galica Prize by the Paderewski Foundation of New York City and was a semi finalist in The Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Other honors include an Alumni Award from Temple University and numerous awards from The California State University System. She is listed in Marquis' Who's Who of America, Who' s Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World, as well as in The International Directory of Who's Who in Classical Music
Professor Emerita of the California State University, Long Beach, Ms. Hirshtal left her position as director of Keyboard Studies and Area Coordinator of Piano Studies in 2002. She has been an active master class clinician, sought after adjudicator and her students have gone on to study at some of America s most prestigious music schools and conservatories , including Julliard , The Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory and USC.
Ms. Hirshtal's own teachers have included such renowned figures as Leon Fleisher, with whom she received The Artist Diploma from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University , Adele Marcus of The Julliard School , Harvey Wedeen of Temple University and Genia Robinor of The Philadelphia Musical Academy . She has been on the faculties of Temple University, The Bryn Mawr Conservatory and The Downeast Summer Chamber Institute in Maine.
Back in New York City , Ms. Hirshtal teaches privately and continues to perform and is available for private lessons, collaborative performances, vocal and chamber music coaching as well as master classes.