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Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

World renowned pianist becomes teacher

After almost twenty years of experience as a teacher in several famous institutions worldwide, the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp has the pleasure of welcoming Sergei Edelmann as a new member of her staff. As a world renowned pianist he contributes to the quality of education where the Conservatoire stands for and helps putting the focus on the international prestige that characterizes many of the careers of teachers and students.

Sergei Edelmann (Lvov, Ukraine 1960°) is part of a family filled with legendary pianists. His father and teacher was a student of Felix Blumenfeld and Heinrich Neuhaus. Sergei had his first performance with orchestra when he was 10 years old, performing Beethoven’s first piano concerto. He continued playing recitals and in orchestra’s in several parts of the former USSR. Edelmann moved to the USA in 1979. His father Alexander was already 76 years old but was in no time able to build a significant reputation as a piano teacher and after one year he was appointed professor at the piano department at New York University. Meanwhile Sergei continued studying at Julliard, led by the famous pianist R. Firkusny.

Edelmann's career soon took off, and he was counted among the most renowned pianists of his generation. His interpretation of the " Polonaise - Fantaisie " made such an impression that even Vladimir Horowitz was hooked and he invited the young pianist at his home. Edelmann got the chance to play for several hours for Vladimir Horowitz.

In Europe, he has given concerts in most major cities and is regularly invited to give concerts in Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul. He had collaborations with the Cleveland Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta National de Buenos Aires in Teatro Colón, Orchestra Verdi in Milan with Vladimir Yurovsky, the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev and others. Other great musicians he worked with are amongst others conductors Franz Paul Decker, Claus Peter Flor, Lawrence Foster, Hans Graf, Gunther Herbig, Raymond Leppard, Eduardo Mata, Gerard Schwarz, Peter Csaba, Semyon Bychkov.

Edelmann taught at the piano faculty of New York University from 1996 to 2001 and as a visiting professor from 2002 to 2009 at the Musashino Music Academy in Tokyo. In 2010, Mr. Edelmann received the title of honorary professor at the Ukrainian Lvov Music Academy.