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Ammiel Bushakevitz


Born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in South Africa, Ammiel Bushakevitz developed an early love of the art song. He now performs, teaches and lectures worldwide.

A prize-winner at numerous competitions, Ammiel has been awarded the best song pianist prizes of the International Song Competition “Das Lied” Berlin, the Wigmore Hall Song Competition London, the International Schubert Competition in Stuttgart and the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria. Ammiel is also a laureate of numerous French mélodie competitions, including the Concours de mélodie de Bordeaux, the Concours Léopold Bellan in Paris and the Concours de mélodie de Montréal, Canada. His awards include the European Union Commission Award, the DAAD International Scholarship for Artists, the Richard Wagner Prize of the International Wagner Society, the Oppenheimer Trust Award and the Prix de la Ville de Lausanne, Switzerland.

One of the last private students of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ammiel was invited in 2011 by Fischer-Dieskau to accompany his masterclasses at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria. Ammiel has also worked with other notable singers including Elly Ameling, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Quasthoff, Barbara Bonney, Julia Varady, Dame Felicity Lott, Brigitte Fassbaender and Teresa Berganza. In 2011 he was invited by Thomas Hampson to the first Heidelberg Lied Academy. Since then Ammiel has been returning regularly as a mentor of Hampson’s Heidelberg Lied Academy.

Ammiel performs regularly at notable venues across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. He has appeared at the festivals of Salzburg, Bayreuth and Lucerne, the Festival d'Automne à Paris, the Festival Pontino di Latina in Rome, the Pablo Casals Festival in Barcelona, the Jerusalem Schubertiade, the Heidelberg Festival in Germany, the Vancouver Chamber Music Series in Canada, the Festival Pitic in Mexico, the Brisbane Festival and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, France. He has performed on national television and radio in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, France, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the USA.

Passionate about education, Ammiel has been invited to present masterclasses on the German Lied and French mélodie at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the Sichuan Conservatory (China), the Victoria University National School of Music (New Zealand) and the University of Nothern Colorado (USA). He regularly offers masterclasses to young pianists at the Jerusalem Music Academy in Israel. Ammiel also dedicates time annually to mentoring aspiring young musicians in developing countries. He has offered music workshops and benefit concerts for schools and cultural societies in China, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Mexico, often in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Française.

He has released recordings on labels including BIS (Sweden), Hänssler Classics (Germany), SOLFA (Spain) and Gramola (Austria) as a soloist, chamber musician and song pianist. His recording of songs by Liszt with the tenor Timothy Fallon was given a 5-star review by the Gramophone magazine. His recording of Schubert’s Moments musicaux was used as the soundtrack of the 2017 Austrian film, Gwendolyn. In 2018 Ammiel was nominated by the Iceland Music Awards in the category “Best Classical Performance” together with the Icelandic baritone, Jóhann Kristinsson.

Ammiel began studying the art song under the tutelage of Heinrich van der Mescht at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. After completing a Master degree and winning the UNISA Overseas Music Scholarship Competition, Ammiel furthered his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany under Phillip Moll. Thereafter he continued under Jeff Cohen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. During his studies he received artistic mentorship from Alfred Brendel, Graham Johnson, Wolfram Rieger and Helmut Deutsch.

He is an alumnus of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), a member of the Société des Arts Sciences et Lettres de Paris, a member of the International Hugo Wolf Academy and an honorary member of the International Richard Wagner Society. In 2014 was named Edison Fellow of the British Library, London.

Upcoming performances include recitals in Paris’s Salle Pleyel, the Shanghai Concert Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Berlin’s Konzerthaus.

Last updated: Jul 2019