Ammiel Bushakevitz

Born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in South Africa to parents of Lithuanian and German heritage, Ammiel Bushakevitz began playing piano at the age of four. He now performs regularly at notable venues across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. He has appeared at the festivals of Salzburg, Bayreuth and Lucerne, the Festival Pontino di Latina in Rome, the Pablo Casals Festival in Barcelona, the Jerusalem Schubertiade, the Heidelberg Festival in Germany, the Festival Musica Classica de Montréal in Canada, the Festival Pitic in Mexico and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France. He has been broadcast on national television and radio in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, France, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the USA.

After initial studies in South Africa, he furthered his studies as a DAAD scholar at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany under Phillip Moll. Thereafter he studied under Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France.

Ammiel Bushakevitz is a prize-winner at numerous competitions, including the Wigmore Hall Competition in London, the International Schubert Competition in Stuttgart, the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and the Concours Léopold Bellan in Paris. He is the only Israeli citizen to have received the Richard Wagner Award, presented to him in 2013 by the Wagner Society of Leipzig. His other distinctions include the European Union Commission Award, the DAAD International Scholarship for Artists, the Oppenheimer Trust Award, and the Prix de la Ville de Lausanne, Switzerland. He is especially noted for his interpretation of the works of Franz Schubert, for which he received the 2011 International Schubert Institute Award in Vienna.

His discography includes recordings with critical acclaim and 5-star reviews on labels such BIS (Sweden), Hänssler Classics (Germany), SOLFA (Spain) and Gramola (Austria) as a soloist, chamber musician and song pianist. His recording of Schubert’s Moments musicaux was used as the soundtrack of the 2017 Austrian film, Gwendolyn.

Developing an early love for the art song, he is internationally recognised as a leading song pianist of his generation. One of the last private students of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he was invited in 2011 by Fischer-Dieskau to accompany his masterclasses at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria. He has also worked with other notable singers including Elly Ameling, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Quasthoff, Barbara Bonney, Julia Varady, Dame Felicity Lott, Brigitte Fassbaender and Teresa Berganza, and mentors regularly at Thomas Hampson’s Heidelberg Lied Academy in Germany.

Passionate about education, he has been invited to present masterclasses on the German Lied and French mélodie at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the Sichuan Conservatory (China), the Victoria University National School of Music (New Zealand) and the University of Northern Colorado (USA). He regularly offers masterclasses to young pianists at the Jerusalem Music Academy in Israel. Ammiel also dedicates time annually to mentoring aspiring young musicians in developing countries. He has offered music workshops and benefit concerts for schools and cultural societies in China, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Mexico.

In addition to his activities as a pianist, He is also active as a musicologist and specializes in research on Schubert and Wagner. In 2011 he presented a paper at the International Conference on Late Schubert in Dublin, Ireland. Most recently he has presented a series of radio broadcasts and lecture-recitals focusing on the Lieder of Adorno, E.T.A. Hoffmann and Nietzsche. He is an alumnus of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), a member of the Société des Arts Sciences et Lettres de Paris, and an honorary member of the International Richard Wagner Society. In 2014 Ammiel Bushakevitz was named Edison Fellow of the British Library, London.

Forthcoming performances include recitals in Paris’s Salle Pleyel, the Shanghai Concert Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Berlin’s Konzerthaus.


Artist Videos

"What Happiness", Rachmaninoff. Laetitia Grimaldi & Ammiel Bushakevitz
Liszt - Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este, Bayreuth Piano Festival 2016
Schubert - Impromptu in E-flat major, D.899/2

“la solenne eleganza di Ammiel Bushakevitz…frase dopo frase un senso di vertigine” Corriere dell’Umbria

“Superb und spannend” Nordbayerischer Kurier Bayreuth

“Delivered with skill and confidence…a highly developed technique” Artsmart

“‘n sensitiewe aanvoeling, afgerondheid en diepte… Bushakevitz het verbluf met sy virtuose oorwinning” Die Burger

“ha il romanticismo nel sangue…crea echi di un mondo lontano” Il Corriere Musicale

“Bushakevitz agierte souverän und verstand es, die vielen Klangfarben Schuberts fein herauszuarbeiten” Rhein-Neckar Zeitung

“As sympathetic an accompanist as he is virtuosic a soloist.” Stratford Herald, UK

“spannende musikalische Gestaltung.” Der Neue Tag Oberpfalz

“technically and emotionally superb.” The George Herald

Concert Repertoire

Bach Concerto No 1 in D minor BWV 1052
Bach Concerto No 2 in E major BWV 1053
Bach Concerto No 3 in D major BWV 1054
Bach Concerto No 4 in A major BWV 1055
Bach Concerto No 5 in F minor BWV 1056
Bach Concerto No 6 in F major BWV 1057
Beethoven Piano concert No 1 Op 15
Beethoven Piano concert No 2 Op 19
Beethoven Piano concert No 3 Op 37
Beethoven Piano concert No 4 Op 58
Beethoven Piano concert No 5 Op 73
Beethoven Triple Concerto Op 56
Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat Op 83
Greig Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16
Mendelssohn Double Concerto for Piano and Violin in D minor
Mozart Concerto for two pianos in E flat K365
Mozart Piano Concert No 9 in E flat K271
Mozart Piano Concerto No 12 in A K414
Mozart Piano Concerto No 13 in C K415
Mozart Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat K450
Mozart Piano Concerto No 17 in G K453
Mozart Piano Concerto No 19 in F K459
Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 in C K467
Mozart Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat K482
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 in A K488
Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K491
Mozart Piano Concerto No 25 in C K503
Mozart Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat K595
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor Op 23
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat Opus post.
Aurelius Duo Various
Record Union B00S01BR8K
Lieder aus der Jugendstil Various
Record Union B07684H65Y
Sisi Poems - Lieder der Kaiserin Elisabeth Fries
Gramola Vienna B00H273QJ6
15 Songs Liszt
BIS BIS-2272
Ammiel & Avigail Bushakevitz play Mozart Mozart
Solfa SR1503070
Impromptus & Klavierstücke Schubert
Hänssler Classic HC16094
Piano Sonata No 21 in B D960/Moments Musicaux D780 Schubert
Record Union B00H273QJ6