Pianist Baruch Meir has performed extensively in Austria, China, England, France, Israel, Portugal, Serbia and throughout the United States. Meir recently presented two solo recitals at the Bösendorfer Saal (Vienna), as well as at the Bauman Auditorium (Portland – Bösendorfer Concert Series), Dixon Hall (New Orleans), Wise Auditorium (Jerusalem), Bates Hall (Austin), Murphy Hall (Los Angeles), and at the Toujours Mozart Festival (Salzburg). In 2008 he performed five solo recitals for the National Concert Season in Serbia.
Currently an Artist/Teacher Professor of Piano at Arizona State University, Meir maintains a busy teaching schedule in addition to his international concert career. At Arizona State University, professor Meir maintains an international class of outstanding pianists from the US, China, Israel, Columbia, Korea, Romania, Serbia, and Taiwan. In summers, Meir teaches on the piano faculty of music festivals in Europe including MusicFest Perugia in Italy and the Vianden International Festival in Luxembourg.
A native of Israel, Meir is a summa cum laude graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music of Tel Aviv University, where he earned both bachelor and master degrees in Piano Performance. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from ASU. His teachers include Pnina Salzman (Israel’s first lady of the piano and the only child prodigy taught by Alfred Cortot), Michael Bugoslavsky, Irina Zaritskaya (laureate of the Chopin competition in Warsaw), Rachel Gordon, Valter Aufheuser, and Robert Hamilton. Meir's distinctions include the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Awards, the British Council Fellowship, 1st place at the Klatzkin Competition for Contemporary Piano Music and the ASU Concerto Competition, and additional awards in piano competitions worldwide.
Baruch Meir is one of only 65 artists worldwide named Bösendorfer Concert Artist since the founding of the company in 1828. He is the Founder, President & Artistic Director of the Bösendorfer & Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition.
“… Baruch Meir is an exceptional artist, he executed a beautiful performance of my piano work entitled A LITTLE SUITE FOR CHRISTMAS, distinguished by his deep musical insights and consummate technical skill. It was certainly one of the very finest performances this work of mine has ever received” (George Crumb, composer; 1968 Pulitzer Prize in Music; 2001 Grammy award; 2004 Musical America “composer of the year”).