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Sharon Bezaly

Sharon Bezaly

Flute virtuoso Sharon Bezalywas was born in Israel (1972), but now lives in Sweden. Her virtuosity has drawn comparisons to David Oistrakh and Vladimir Horowitz.

Described by The Times as ‘God's gift to the flute', Sharon Bezaly was chosen as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year' by the prestigious Klassik Echo in Germany in 2002 and as ‘Young Artist of the Year' at the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003. Classics Today has hailed her as ‘a flutist virtually without peer in the world today' and International Record Review wrote: ‘Her recordings and concert appearances are typically more than simply triumphs: they are defining artistic events.' One of the very rare ‘full-time' international flute soloists, Sharon Bezaly has inspired renowned composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina, Kalevi Aho and Sally Beamish to write for her. 

To date, she has seven dedicated concertos which she performs worldwide. 2006/2007 highlights include performances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra and Mikko Franck, a tour throughout Germany with the Camerata Academica Salzburg, concerts in Japan with Osmo Vänskä and recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and Verbier Festival. As a BBC New Generation Artist Sharon Bezaly will perform with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is also scheduled to appear at the Last Night of the Welsh Proms.

Sharon Bezaly's wide-ranging recordings on BIS have won her the highest accolades, including the Diapason d'or (Diapason), Choc de la Musique (Monde de la Musique), Editor's Choice (Gramophone), Chamber Choice of the Month (BBC Music Magazine) and Stern des Monats (FonoForum). She plays on a 24-carat gold flute, specially built for her by the Muramatsu team, Japan.

Her perfect control of circular breathing (taught by Aurèle Nicolet) liberates her from the limitations of the flute as a wind instrument and enables her to reach new peaks of musical interpretation, as testified by the comparison to David Oistrakh and Vladimir Horowitz made in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In September 2012, Sharon Bezaly gives the US première of José Serebrier's Flute Concerto at Carnegie Hall in a performance conducted by the composer.