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About Idith Meshulam Korman

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Born in Israel, Ms. Meshulam first studied piano with her mother, Shelly Asher-Meshulam. At age nine, she performed with the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra, and for several years with the Kibbutzim Orchestra, all the while giving solo recitals and broadcast concerts throughout Israel. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, she focused on playing the works of contemporary composers, among them Olivier Messiaen, for whom she has played in person.

Ms. Meshulam received her doctorate from New York University, where she taught for ten years. While a student at NYU, she researched the unpublished piano music of Stefan Wolpe for her doctoral dissertation. Her involvement with the Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas began in 1999, when she organized the first all-Skalkottas concert in NY, honoring him on the 50th anniversary of his death. This work led Ms. Meshulam to her collaboration with the composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, with whom she recorded Skalkottas’ 32 Piano Pieces for GM Recording in 2004. American Record Guide describes her performance: "Ms. Meshulam plays with energetic moxie and aplomb, her technique truly phenomenal, yet her subtle coloring of the introspective passages is no less awe-inspiring."

Ms Meshulam is the founder and director of Ensemble π, which plays a vital role in the programming and performance of living composers. Every year, since its inception in 2001, the ensemble presents an installment in its Peace Project – a multimedia concert of commissioned and new works in collaboration with visual artists, writers, actors, and journalists. A multi-year collaboration with composer Elias Tanenbaum resulted in a CD of his chamber music, Keep Going, reviewed by Gramophone as “A touching tribute to Elias Tanenbaum that is played with conviction and verve.” It was followed by a CD of Laura Kaminsky’s works, praised for its “warmth and variety.” Ms Meshulam and Ensemble π have also been longtime supporters of the work of South African artist William Kentridge and composer Philip Miller – a collaboration which culminated in several multimedia chamber concerts, commission, and a solo recital at the Milan Museum.