Sharon Bezaly

Sharon Bezaly started to play the flute at the age of 11, and gave her début concert as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta when she was 14. On the advice of Jean-Pierre Rampal she then pursued studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris under Alain Marion, Raymond Guiot and Maurice Bourgue, winning premiers prix for flute and chamber music. She was subsequently invited by S´ndor Végh to play as principal flautist in his Camerata Academica Salzburg, a position she held until his death in 1997. Since then she has enjoyed a wide-ranging international solo career. She is the first wind player to have been chosen as artist in residence (2007-08) with the Residentie Orchestra, The Hague, under its chief conductor Neeme Järvi. She has appeared as soloist at the London Proms and the last night of the Welsh Proms, as well as with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Netherlands Radio, Gothenburg, Singapore and São Paulo, among others, and with the Rotterdam, Tokyo, Seoul, Malaysian and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras. Among the prestigious venues in which she has performed are the Musikverein (Vienna), the Philharmonie (Cologne), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Rudolfinum (Prague), the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Le Châtelet and Salle Gaveau (Paris), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and the Wigmore Hall (London). Her recent and upcoming tours have taken her to Spain, South Africa, Argentina, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia.

Without neglecting the standard repertoire, Sharon Bezaly is committed to the music of our time and has elicited works from such renowned composers as Sofia Gubaidulina and Kalevi Aho. To date she has had seventeen concertos dedicated to her, as well as a number of works for solo flute. Her many recordings for the BIS label have won her the highest accolades from the leading European review publications, including the Diapason d’Or (Diapason), Choc de la Musique (Monde de la Musique), Editor’s Choice (Gramophone), CD of the Month (BBC Music Magazine), Stern des Monats (FonoForum), Recommandé (Répertoire) and Recomendado (CD Compact). She was named Instrumentalist of the Year in the German Echo-Klassik record-industry awards in 2002 and Young Artist of the Year at the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003.