Israeli born concert pianist Elisha Abas is a modern-day renaissance man, a pianist and composer with a remarkable family and pedagogical pedigree: his great great grandfather was Alexander Scriabin, his lifelong teacher was the legendary Israeli pedagogue Pnina Salzman (herself a student of Alfred Cortot), and his mentor was Artur Rubinstein
Abas was a child prodigy who started performing at the age of six, and has since shared the stage with great artists such as Isaac Stern, Leonard Bernstein, and Zubin Mehta. He has been described by many industry luminaries as "one of a kind". He projects a rare combination of intellect, passion, and inimitable interpretive gifts that are strongly reminiscent of the pianists of nearly a century ago.
Abas has performed throughout the world; in the last few years, he has made critically acclaimed appearances in the US, Israel, Italy, China, Russia, Cuba and Germany. La Roma hailed Abas as "one of the most refined and interesting pianists of our generation. … [his] playing is the perfect marriage of exuberant musicality restrained with the right dose of rationalism that is rich with colors and shades. His palette shines in all his splendor with a captivating performance of Chopin and Schumann." NPR hailed his "acute expressivity and pearly precision" in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.
Abas believes that great music belongs to all people and it is not intellectual for the listener but rather emotional. His repertoire ranges from the music of Back to contemporary composers including Ron Yedidia.
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