Israeli pianist in free concert June 5

Rami Bar-Niv

Internationally known concert pianist Rami Bar-Niv, assisted by area musicians Tina Toglia and Anita Firman, presents a free, public recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5 in the First Presbyterian Church, 1605 Genesee St., Utica.

Rami Bar-Niv is one of Israel’s most acclaimed and sought after pianists, said Minister of Music Stephen Best at First Presbyterian, adding "He has become an international citizen, concertizing all over the world."

Born in Tel-Aviv, he graduated with honors from the Rubin Academy of Music, and was the recipient of many prizes and scholarships. He won the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition and was awarded a scholarship to further his studies in the United States. After graduating from the Mannes College of Music in New York, he won numerous competitions and embarked on a concert career. Ever since, he has performed regularly in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and of course Israel, where he received the "Best Performer Award" from the Israeli government. He appears on TV and radio, in chamber ensembles, solo recitals, and as soloist with orchestras. Often sent abroad by the Foreign Ministry to represent Israel in concerts, he has become an ambassador of goodwill for his native country.

Rami Bar-Niv made history by being the first Israeli artist to perform in Egypt following the Begin/Sadat Peace Treaty. His recordings for CBS and other labels in Israel and abroad have met with praise and popularity. Rami Bar-Niv offers music of great variety and contrast in style.

Tina Toglia performs widely as both soloist and collaborative pianist. Holder of a doctorate in piano from Stony Brook University, she maintains a private teaching studio in New Hartford, and is organist at the Presbyterian church in Rome. She will assist Bar-Niv in his performance of of the Beethoven’s "Piano Concerto No. 4."

Anita Firman is well known as a soprano soloist through the Mohawk Valley, having sung many oratorio roles with the Mohawk Valley Choral Society and the Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society. She teaches from her home in Herkimer. Mrs. Firman will sing songs written by Rami Bar-Niv in a newly-available English translation.

In addition, Bar-Niv will perform several of the virtuoso works for which he is especially well known, including compositions by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Piazzolla and Khachaturian.