Pnina Salzman

Pnina Salzman

Israeli pianist
Date of Birth: 24.02.1922
Country: Israel

  1. Biography of Pnina Zaltzman
  2. Early Career and World War II
  3. International Success
  4. Awards and Recognition

Biography of Pnina Zaltzman

Pnina Zaltzman, an Israeli pianist, was born in Tel Aviv into a family of Russian immigrants who valued spiritual values. Her parents encouraged her interest in learning to play the piano. At the age of seven, Pnina demonstrated her talent to the renowned French pianist Alfred Cortot, who was performing in Eretz Israel. Cortot invited her to study in his class at the Academy of Music in Paris. At the age of eight, Pnina began studying at the Academy alongside adult students, with the support of a special scholarship from the Rothschild family. Among Pnina Zaltzman's teachers were Igor Stravinsky (composition), Pablo Casals (chamber music), Nadia Boulanger (music history), Arthur Rubinstein, Arthur Schnabel, and Alfred Cortot (piano).

Early Career and World War II

In 1939, Pnina Zaltzman made her debut with the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra. Due to the outbreak of World War II, she was unable to return to France and remained in Palestine (Eretz Israel). During the war years, Pnina Zaltzman performed in Eretz Israel and Egypt, dedicating many of her concerts to raising funds for the Jewish settlement and the Jewish National Fund.

International Success

In 1960, Pnina Zaltzman embarked on a world tour with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1963, she became the first Israeli pianist to perform in the Soviet Union. Throughout the following years, Pnina Zaltzman performed on almost every continent, in many countries around the world. She received acclaim from audiences in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Africa. She had the privilege of collaborating with notable conductors such as Paul Paray, George Szell, Zubin Mehta, Charles Munch, and many others. Pnina Zaltzman also served as the head of the jury for the prestigious Rubinstein International Piano Competition for several years.

Awards and Recognition

In 2006, Pnina Zaltzman was awarded the Israel Prize for her outstanding contributions to the field of classical piano. She was also honored with the Frank Peleg Lifetime Achievement Award.