A native of Krasnodar in Russia, Genadi Zagor began his music studies at the age of four with his father, a prominent guitarist and composer. He continued his piano studies at the Moscow Central School of Music for gifted children. He subsequently studied under Nelly Mezhlumova, one of the most prominent teachers of the Caucasus. After graduating from the Krasnodar Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music with honours he went on to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire under Mikhail Mezhlumov, one of Russia’s greatest teachers. In 1991 Genadi immigrated to Israel and became an assistant to Professor Alexander Tamir at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.
Genadi Zagor has won prizes at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, the VIII Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Israel, the Leeds International Pianoforte competition (Great Britain), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan and the François Shapira Music Competition in Israel. In 1995 he became a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for outstanding artists.
In 1997, as a cultural mission leader for the Jerusalem municipality, he performed in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic. He has appeared frequently on Israeli National Television and Radio. After winning the highly prestigious National Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Genadi was privileged to perform for Ezer Weizman, the seventh President of Israel, at the Presidential Palace. Following his stage debut with an orchestra at the age of ten, Genadi Zagor has appeared with ensembles including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Gotham City Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career, Genadi Zagor has performed at concert venues in Russia, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom and America.
In 2000, Genadi moved to the United States and joined Maestro Alexander Toradze’s thriving piano programme at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB). After completing his Artist Diploma, Genadi served as adjunct lecturer in piano at the IUSB. Since his arrival in the USA, Genadi Zagor has won prizes at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the San Antonio International Piano Competition in Texas and the D’Angelo Young Artist Competition in Pennsylvania (Grand Prix). Recent recital performances include appearances at the prestigious Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival as a part of the World Rising Stars series and at the Toradze Piano Studio Rachmaninoff Marathon. Both these events were broadcast live on National Public Radio.
Genadi is actively involved in the Marathon projects organised by famous music writer Joseph Horowitz together with Maestro Toradze and his assistants. Genadi Zagor has travelled extensively throughout Europe and America performing with Maestro Toradze and the Studio, most notably at the acclaimed Ruhr Klavier Festival (Germany), the Stresa Festival (Italy) and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Recent performances include The Stravinsky Project at Stanford University in California, the Post Classical Ensemble Concert at Strathmore Hall in Baltimore and the music symposium Reactions to the Record. Future engagements include concerts in California, Russia, Germany, France and Italy.
For the past six years Genadi Zagor has served on the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music. As a piano tutor at the University of Northern Iowa, Genadi Zagor has performed at several events including the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center’s annual Crème de la Crème and the School of Music’s Annual Scholarship Benefit Concerts. He has also appeared as a guest pianist with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, at the Annual Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, the College Hill Arts Festival and as a guest on the KUNI/KHKE public radio station. Reactions to Genadi Zagor’s performances typically include such key words and phrases as “sensational”, “nimble-fingered”, “a lively and imaginative player”, “triumph” and “an electrifying performance”.