Mordecai Shehori is an Israeli-American pianist.
Shehori was born in Israel and studied in Tel Aviv with Mindru Katz, whom he cites as his most influential teacher. At 9 he gave his first public performance. Later he received first prize in the Beethoven Competition and received the American Israel Cultural Foundation Award. In New York, he studied with Claude Frank at the Mannes College of Music and graduated from the Juilliard School.
Shehori made his New York debut after winning the 1974 Jeunesses Musicales Competition. He concertizes in the United States, Canada, and Europe and has performed at various music festivals and at the White House. He has given 27 different recital programs in New York in as many years. His critically acclaimed commercial recordings for Connoisseur Society and Cembal d'amour include music by Beethoven, Chopin, Scarlatti, Liszt, Rameau, Rachmaninoff, and many others. He is a two-time recipient of the La Gesse Foundation Award.
In February 1987, Shehori had the honor and privilege of playing two pianos with the great Vladimir Horowitz. Shehori accompanied Horowitz in Mozart's Piano Concerto K488, playing the orchestral reduction on second piano, whilst Vladimir Horowitz played the concerto's solo part. This took place in the famed basement of Steinway & Sons in New York City. Later that year, Horowitz traveled to Milan and recorded the concerto for Deutsche Grammophon with the La Scala Theater Orchestra conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini. Horowitz was so pleased with Shehori's accompaniment that he began to be invited to Horowitz's home on East Ninety-fourth Street and had many evenings with the Horowitzes Shehori acted as page turner for Horowitz in what turned out to be the sessions for his final recording in Horowitz's New York home from October 24, 1989 to November 1, 1989. Horowitz died just a few days later on November 5, 1989. Shehori has cited his friendship and artistic collaboration with Vladimir Horowitz as a significant source of knowledge and inspiration.
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