Edna Stern

Israeli pianist and pianofortist (Brussels, 6 March 1977 - )

After studying with the greatest musical minds, Edna Stern is now one of the most beloved pianists. Her recordings regularly win the most prestigious awards.

Edna Stern began her musical training at the age of 6 and studies in Tel Aviv Rubin Academy, then Brussels Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. She had the opportunity to play in front of Martha Argerich, who gave her careful advice and she then joined Krystian Zimerman's class in Basel in 1996. She studies there for 4 years and spent a year with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore after graduating. During these training years, her encounter with the violinist Amandine Beyer was decisive in shaping her young musical personality.

After discovering the pianoforte in 2003 in Paris, her approach of the repertoire started shifting. But it’s in 2005, with her first critically acclaimed album Chaconne, that her intense musical career took flight. She has been a regular guest of the most popular venues and festivals, as a soloist, with a chamber ensemble or as part an orchestra, notably alongside Ophélie Gaillard, the Ebène Quartet, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra…

Teaching at the Royal College of Music in London since 2009 is another of the many accomplishment in her steadfast career.

Six landmark dates in the life of Edna Stern:

1996: Perfected her music skills with Krystian Zimerman for 4 years
2000: Winner of the Senigallia International Competition
2003: Discovered the pianoforte
2005: Release of her first album Chaconne in collaboration with violinist Amandine Beyer.
2009: Began teaching at the Royal College of Music in London
2013: Publication of the recital Piano des Lumières de Bach à Mozart

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Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, November 2013