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Pianist NORMA MEYER has an active performing career. She is a
founding member of Piano4 and has toured with them since 2001.
Performances include the Kimmel Center and the opening night
of the Philadelphia Bach Festival, at which Ms. Meyer performed
Bach’s concerti for 2, 3 and 4 pianos.
Norma is also a member of the Ranaan Meyer Band. This group
creates arrangements of great works, with a distinctive 21st century
edge, in addition to new compositions. Their repertoire crosses and
connects the boundaries of music of the past, present and future.
Other collaborative pianist work includes performances with her son
Ranaan, cellist Nancy Stokking and violinist Jonathan Beiler. Recent
venues include Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia
Museum of Art and a concerto performance with the Ambler
Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Jack Moore (WRTI).
Additionally, she continues her lifelong commitment to music
education as an accompanist and coach. She holds degrees and
advanced study in piano performance and education.

   
Born into a musical family in Bucks County, PA, RANDALL HARTMAN
began taking piano lessons from his mother at age 5. A church organist at fourteen, Randall went on to tour with the Hartman Brothers, a duo-piano team. He has also appeared with the Grand Piano Orchestra. Randall has been touring the U.S. as a member of piano4 since 2002. Performances with Piano4 include opening night at the International Bach Festival in Philadelphia with Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza concertos for 3 and 4 keyboards. The Danboro Symphony in Illinois featured a performance with Piano4 in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and the Danube Waltzes. Randall also performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with Piano4. Randall has degrees in piano performance from Houghton College and Temple University. He has also served on the faculty of Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. He continues to serve as adjudicator and solo recitalist. He maintians a large teaching studio just north of Doylestown PA. Randall founded "Hartman Concert Artists", a non-profit organization celebrating the arts in Bucks County.
   
       

Noam Sivan (b. 1978) is a versatile musician, combining piano

performance, live improvisation, composition, and conducting.

He has appeared as pianist and composer in the United States,

Canada, England,France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland,

Italy, and throughout his native Israel. His performing repertoire

includes concertos from Mozart - with newly composed

cadenzas - to Mr. Sivan’s own piano concerto, which he

premiered in the double role of soloist & conductor.

He also performed the Asian premiere of the Viktor Ullmann’s

Piano Concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra,

and Bach’s Goldberg Variations for a broadcast on Israeli TV.

His compositional output includes over 40 works in operatic,

symphonic, and chamber genres. These have been performed

by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Choreographic

Institute of the New York City Ballet, and Mannes Opera, among

others. One of the young pioneers in the revival of improvisation

in classical music today, Noam Sivan is on the faculties of the

Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and Mannes College in New York,

where he founded improvisation workshops. He holds a DMA from

the Juilliard School. Please visit www.noamsivan.com.

 

   
 

Israeli musician Michal Schmidt is pianist and cellist living in Philadelphia. She teaches at Haverford, Bryn Mawr and  Swarthmore colleges as well as the University of PA. From 2000-2008 she was a Contributing Artist at Dickinson College. Michal is a member of numerous performing groups in the Philadelphia area including the Hildegard Chamber Players, Four Horizons and the Network of New Music. She studied at the Curtis in Institute of Music and later got her Masters degree at the University of the Arts. Michal completed her DMA at Temple University in 2002.  Interested in new music, she has collaborated with composers in the US and abroad.. She has performed works of Richard Wernick, Osvaldo Golijov, Jay Reise, Ingrid Arauco, Jan Radzynski, Sylvia Glickman, Margaret Garwood, Cynthia Folio and many others. As an accompanist, Michal works regularly with singers and string players.  Please visit Michal's website www.michalschmidt.com

   
 
The founder of Piano4, JOHN KOZAR is the Music Director of the
Grand Piano Orchestra, and producer of the multi-media production,
Grandissimo.  John Kozar, applauded on five continents as conductor
and concerto soloist, has performed throughout the United States and
Mexico, in Britain, Europe, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Australia, New
Zealand, and China—from Adelaide to London, where he made his
British concerto debut with the London Philharmonic in a Royal Gala. 

Kozar has graduate degrees from Indiana University in piano performance
and conducting, and is listed in the International Who's Who in Music, and
American Keyboard Artists.