Director, Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center
Music Director, Special Music School
Praised for his “kaleidoscopic” playing by the New York Times, pianist Igal Kesselman is one of today’s most forward-thinking performers and music educators. After making his American debut with the Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center, he has performed throughout the country in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Kravitz Center in West Palm Beach. Dr. Kesselman was a top prizewinner at “Citta de Marsala” International Piano Competition in Italy and has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Camerata.
Highlights from the last season include performance of Mozart Double Concerto with pianist Orli Shaham and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA, solo recital for subscription series of Tel Aviv University and Masterclasses at Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox MA.
Dr. Kesselman is a past recipient of ten America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. He received his B.M. degree, cum laude, from S. Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, and his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. His teachers have included Yoheved Kaplinsky, Emanuel Krasovsky and Irina Zaritskaya. Currently, he serves as the Director of Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center, New York's largest community arts school, and serves as the Chair of the New York chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Dr. Kesselman serves frequently as a judge in international competitions and auditions, including Concert Artist Guild, Astral Artists, Five Towns and Boston University. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition. Dr. Kesselman is a member of the piano faculty at Lucy Moses School and Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center, New York’s public school for musically gifted children.