78. Gila Goldstein & Tal Zilber, pianos

Sunday, October 8th, 2023 @8pm

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Gila Goldstein & Tal Zilber, pianos
with Benny Koonyevsky, drums/percussion

Sunday, October 8th, 2023 @8pm

Live at Klavierhaus
790 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Livestream: YouTube


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata for two pianos in D major, K. 448
I. Allegro con Spirito
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Suite No. 1 for two pianos, Op. 5
I. Barcarolle

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
“Scaramouche” Suite for two pianos, Op. 165b
I. Vif
II. Modéré
III. Brazileira

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Hungarian Dance No. 5
in Cuban style (four-hands) by Tal Zilber

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
“June” from "The Seasons"
in Brazilian Choro style (four-hands) by Tal Zilber - New York Premiere

Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)
“The Girl from Ipanema”
arr. two pianos by Tal Zilber - New York Premiere

Matti Caspi (b. 1949)
“You took my hand in your hand”
in Brazilian style (two pianos) by Tal Zilber


Tal Zilber (b. 1982), a native of Israel, enjoys an intensive career of unusual diversity as a concert pianist, composer, and improviser in different styles. Along with his career as a classical recitalist, his compositions and arrangements were performed by a variety of ensembles and orchestras, among them the Sinfonietta Be’er Sheva orchestra, the Meeks piano duo, the Israel Chamber Opera orchestra, and the Boston City Singers choir. His virtuosic performances have attracted millions of views on YouTube and drawn enthusiastic audiences throughout international tours in the USA, Australia, Argentina, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and Costa Rica. Dr. Zilber is an alumnus in Classical Piano Performance of the Tel Aviv University, Rice University, Indiana University and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory in Boston.


Pianist Gila Goldstein is known as a versatile musician and has performed solo recitals, solo with orchestra and collaborative performances throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, the Philippines, England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Israel. Gila has been a sought-after pedagogue and has given numerous master classes in the USA, China and Korea. She is a member of the piano faculty at the Longy School of Music in Boston. A champion of the music of Israel's leading composer Paul Ben-Haim for over two decades as a performer and recording artist, Gila Goldstein has recorded two volumes of his entire piano and chamber works on the Centaur label. She serves on the board of directors of the American Liszt Society and the founder/president of its NY/NJ chapter. Gila obtained her music degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and the Tel-Aviv University's School of Music. Her teachers included Prof. Nina Svetalnova in New York and Prof. Victor Derevianko in Tel-Aviv, both are disciples of the legendary pianist and pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus.


Before his arrival from Israel to New York City in 1986, drummer and percussionist Benny Koonyevsky performed and toured with top Israeli pop artists Yehuda Poliker, Yehudit Ravitz, and Shalom Hanoch. He was also awarded the prestigious Francoise Shapira Prize for solo classical percussion, and at the age of 20 made his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic. He has performed with musicians as diverse as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Kate McGarry, the renowned trio Peter, Paul and Mary, and Prima ballerina Diana Vishneva - spanning genres from Cuban to classical. Benny studied Latin percussion with Frankie Malabe and Bobby Sinabria and has spent time in Cuba learning from Raul Rodriguez and Piloto. His numerous recording credits include luminaries such as Gloria Estefan, Vanessa Williams, Debbie Friedman and Jennifer Holiday. Among his Broadway appearances were The Lion King, Aladdin, West Side Story, Camelot, Annie and Billy Elliot. Benny is a regular sub with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, NYC Ballet and NJ Symphony. His teaching and master classes include Weill music institute at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School summer program, Nashville institute for the Arts and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. He received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.