Gideon Shamir plays his organ in the Tel Aviv Music Academy
Gideon Shamir, the only active organbuilder in Israel, was born in 2.9.1939 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He started playing the piano in the age of 6. Later he studied in the The Aviv music high school (conservatorion) with Professor Karol Klein. From 1956 until 1959 he studied in London, in the Royal College of Music and was awarded a price in the area of piano performance in special ceremony attended by the Queen Mother. Later he also had a concert in the Royal Festival Hall - he performed The Piano Concerto in F minor by Chopin and also participated in the Chopin piano competition in Warsaw. While in London he also made a personal connection with Noel Mander.
His experience as an organbuilder started in 1963-64 when he worked in the German orglbuilding firm "Walker."
In 1965 he becomes involved in the new foundation for building a music school in Ashdod, Israel, later becoming director of the school for 12 years. In his spare times he built small pipe organs - he later presented some of them at the Frankfurt Music Fair in 1975. After this event he started accepting orders for building new instruments in Israel.
Since then he has made many instruments in Israel - in Haifa, Rechovot (an organ for the Weizmann Institute), Tel Aviv (for the Tel Aviv Music academy, as well as private instruments), Jerusalem, and many other places. More recent instruments include the movable chamber music organ, completed in 1995. He is currently working on a project of a new organ to be built in Haifa in 1998.
THE HAIFA ORGAN WAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED AND AN OFFICIAL INAUGURATION CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN HAIFA, TWO WEEKS AGO. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!
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