Ilana Vered Projects

illana coverIn addition to her engagements as recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber artist, Ms. Vered created and served as Artistic Director of the Rutgers University’s “Summerfest” series, an ambitious and innovative summer festival project designed to span the full spectrum of performing and visual arts.

This multi-media approach is very much a part of Ms. Vered’s artistic philosophy.

Ms. Vered conceived and produced more than twenty unusual programs that were related thematically to “Summerfest” theatrical presentations and art exhibits.

These programs received national attention, and were soon being presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y and Merkin Hall, under the title “Music from Summerfest,” during winter seasons, and in the summer of 1991 “Music from Summerfest” branched out to a third venue with a series of eight concerts produced by Ms. Vered in the Hamptons of Long Island.

By 1993, Ms. Vered was also producing summer concerts at Long Island’s Sag Harbor, and established a permanent summer music festival in the Hamptons of Long Island.

Among the most popular and innovative of “Summerfest” programs produced by Ms. Vered were those in the series entitled “In Praise of Women,” which celebrated the achievements of women in the arts.

Some of the star guests include: Andre Watts, J. Gutierez, Michel Barrett, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Touyo String Quartet and many others.

As Artistic Director for “SummerFest,” Ms. Vered founded the Ken Boxley Performance Institute at Rutgers, an intensive three-week program devoted to preparing qualified young artists for new or expanded concert careers.

A teacher in the great masterclass tradition, Ilana Vered urges the need for the widest possible cultural exposure for those who pursue careers as concert artists.

“No matter how naturally gifted, a musician must bring to his interpretations a richness, a cultural sophistication that often grows out of extra-musical experiences.

Poetry, painting, fiction, even a fascinating city can be a springboard for the imagination,” Ms. Vered insists to her students.

“These experiences can generate a mysterious process of artistic generation which can lend depth–even profundity–to an interpretation.”

Robin Hall speaks highly of her in his program ‘Pianoforall’ where he says of Ilana Vared as one the most influential and greatest pianist of all time. If you’d like to know more about Robin Hall’s program then check out this Pianoforall review by John Simon.

A painter in her own right, Ms. Vered harbors a special affinity with the visual arts and this may explain her acute sense of musical architecture as well as the wide tonal palette she employs in her performances.

Ilana Vered believes that a musician’s art is influenced and shaped by extra-musical experiences, she is also convinced that the artist, as citizen, has a responsibility to the community at large.

In 1981 Ms. Vered became the first President of “Artists to End Hunger,” a coalition of leading performers dedicated to the elimination of malnutrition among inner-city families and the struggle against famine in third-world countries.

Although Ms. Vered has since resigned as President of “Artists to End Hunger,” she remains active in its fund-raising and lobbying activities.

She is a tigress virtuosa, as well as a bel canto pianist

Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto served as the vehicle for a simply stunning performance given by Ilana Vered last night …. Not since Horowitz have I witnessed that combination of iceberg and volcano, that relentless singlemindedness in applying a high pressure jet at all points of the pianistic and interpretive spectrum.

 

                        Peter Stadlen: London Daily Telegraph

“Vered has fingers that work like power -operated pistons. She can play breathlessly fast, with breathless power and sweep, and she can instantaneously melt into Rachmaninoff’s most somber reflections or sing the famous 18th variation with affecting directness. She is a tigress virtuosa, as well as a bel canto pianist.”

Los Angeles Times

“Ilana Vered will play Rachmaninoff’s “Paganini” variations …. with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall….The Rhapsody, one must repeat, belongs to Vered; it is her piece; she plays it louder, softer, faster, better and more convincingly than others.”

Los Angeles Times

Tender Loving Care Makes for Fine Music

“In this, her S. F. Symphony debut, the brilliant Israeli pianist shows in every way what a complete artist she is. Vered’s pianism and music-making are all of one piece, reflecting care and a rare love for the sound of the instrument….Vered’s tone is soft and lustrous, her technique smooth and liquid.”

San Francisco Chronicle


“She displays that rarest of traits in pianists of her generation, a genuine and individual temperament…. a very special pianist indeed.”

Los Angeles Times

Orchestras and Recitals of Illana Vared

In addition to her distinguished series of recordings for the London label including: The Brahms No. 2 piano concert, The two popular Mozert piano concerti No. 2 and No. 23, The Rachmaninov Paoanini variations and the No. 2 concertos, Ms. Vered has to her credit a highly-praised version of the complete Chopin Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25, a brilliant recording of the complete Moszkowski Etudes, both for Connoir Records, and Connoisseur Records has release a disc entitled “25 Virtuoso Etudes” on which Ms. Vered offers new readings of concert etudes by Chopin, Schumann, Paganini-Liszt, and Debussy.

 

Ms. Vered began playing the piano at the age of three, and later attended the Paris Conservatory where she studied with the eminent pianist Vlado Perlemuter.

Born in Israel, She graduated from the Paris Conservatory at fifteen, and completed her studies at the Juilliard School in New York City under the tutorship of Rosina Lhevinne, Nadia Reisenberg, and Aube Tzerko.

She made her debut as one of the first winners of the Young Concert Artists International Competition.

Ms. Vered has been heard in recital in virtually all of the music centers of the world, and has been engaged and re-engaged as soloist with the leading orchestras of our time:

The New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and Philharmonia, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Japan NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic.

She has performed as soloist under the batons of most of the world’s finest conductors, including Stokowski, Solti, Mehta, Kempe, Kondrashin, Tilson Thomas, de Waart, Slatkin, Comissiona, Conlon, Davis, Sanderling, Cassadesus, Bertini, Weller, Sawalich, Atzmon, Leppard, rodan, Judd, Foster, Bamert, Janson and Vanska.

A regular participant in summer festivals, Ms. Vered has made appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Cleveland’s Blossom Festival, the Meadow-brooks Festival in Detroit, and at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

Ms. Vered is a chamber musician of distinction and has appeared with important chamber ensembles throughout the world.

She is noted particularly for her frequent performances with the Tokyo String Quartet.

A highlight of this collaboration was Ms. Vered’s world premiere performance with the ensemble of Ezra Laderman’s Piano Quintet at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. This work, which was written for Ms. Vered and the Tokyo String Quartet, was later recorded by them for the RCA label.

During the Hampton Summerfest and the Rutgers Summerfest Ilana Vered performed the five Beethoven concertos in one event.

During the 1993/94 season, Ms. Vered performed a Beethoven cycle of the complete sonatas and variations for piano and cello, with cellist Sharon Robinson, in Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, New York City, and other major musical centers throughout the United States.

Ms. Vered, who has a devoted following in the Far East, appeared in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and toured the major cities of Japan numerous times with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Who is Ilana Vared

From early childhood Ms. Vered’s inherited talent and interest in painting was obvious. However, being also a child protégé in music, her early practice in the visual arts were more of self-education and exploration.

As an adult her passion for painting kept growing.

While juggling a career as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Ms. Vered started devoting an increasing amount of time to the Scholastic training of painting.

She started drawing in New York at the Spring Street Drawing Studio under master teacher  and painter Minerva Durham. She studied at the Parsons School of Design, The New York Academy of Design, The New York Student Art League, as well as workshops with B. Baxter in Provence.

Eager to further her skills in her main interest, portrait painting, Ms. Vered attended the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, for three years.

It was under the tutelage of Charles Cecil (himself, trained by R. H. Ives Gammell and Richard Frederick Lack), that Ms. Vered was exposed to the nearly lost drawing and painting techniques developed from the Renaissance through the 19th Century French academic tradition.

With her newly acquired skills and knowledge, Ms. Vered went on to study at the École Des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Today Ms. Vered divides her time between Israel, at the Jerusalem School of renowned artist Israel Hershberg, Italy and the US.

Ms. Vered’s paintings have been shown at the Ann Long Fine Arts Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, for the opening of the Spoleto Festival. Previously, her works have been featured at the American Art Show and the Guicciardini Gallery in Florence, Italy, and the Spring Street Studio in New York City.

Ms, Vered’s paintings can be found in numerous private collections including those of Susan and Charles Wadsworth of New York, Marcella Pana of Florence, Betsy and Victor Gotbaum of New York, and Esther and James Ferguson of Charleston, South Carolina, and Aspen, Colorado, Michael TilsonThomas of San Francisco and Miami.

Ms. Vered has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Merv Griffin Show, as well as guest performances on the PBS network in the United states and the BBC in the United Kingdom.

In collaboration with the noted Swiss movie producer Adrian Marthaler, Ms. Vered has made a series of unusual feature-length films entitled “Looking at Music,” which was telecast by the BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment and Bravo cable networks.

These films are being distributed as home videos in the U.S. By BMG.