The Israeli pianist, Avner Arad, received the Sharett Scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation; then was a pupil of Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute as a pupil of Seymour Lipkin, and received his Masterís degree from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he studied with the late Rudolf Firkušný and Emanuel Ax. Arad was a participant in the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival in 1994 and 1995 and has returned each subsequent summer as a collaborating pianist in the program. He was a recipient of Carnegie Hallís 1998 Distinctive Debuts Award.
Avner Arad performed J.S. Bachís Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) for his New York recital debut as winner of the Koussevitzky Memorial Competition, made his Lincoln Center debut with the Juilliard Orchestra, and embarked on his first European tour as winner of the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition. He twice won the Juilliardís Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Avner Arad has performed throughout North America and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Performance highlights have included engagements at the Concertgebouw, Viennaís Konzerthaus, Kölner Philharmonie, Brusselsí Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Kennedy Center, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hallís Weill Recital Hall, as well as festival appearances at Ravinia and Schleswig-Holstein.
His critically acclaimed recordings include the complete waltzes by Frédéric Chopin and an all-Robert Schumann CD on MSR Classics label, the complete piano works of Janáček on Helicon Records, and Blochís complete works for violin and piano with Latica Honda-Rosenberg for OehmsClassics.