SHARON BEZALY – Flute
Described by The Times (UK) as ‘God’s gift to the flute’, Sharon Bezaly was chosen as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ by the prestigious Klassik Echo in Germany in 2002 and as ‘Young Artist of the Year’ at the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003. Hailed as a flautist ‘virtually without peer in the world today’ on ClassicsToday.com, Sharon Bezaly has inspired renowned composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina and Kalevi Aho to write for her, and has to date twenty dedicated concertos which she performs worldwide. She has brought to life more or less unknown Concertos by Doráti, Kletzki, and Schnittke.
Collaborating with orchestras like the Minnesota Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, all of the British BBC orchestras, Osaka Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Gothenburg Symphony, Residentie Orchestra, Lahti Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo, Camerata Salzburg, Singapore Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta and several others, she has made music with many esteemed conductors including Osmo Vänskä, Neeme Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Lan Shui, Martyn Brabbins, and John Neschling. She has also been very active in chamber music, collaborating with musicians like Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Ronald Brautigam.
As a member of BBC Radio 3’s ‘New Generation Artists’ Scheme during the period 2006–08, Sharon Bezaly was also the first wind player to be elected artist in residence (2007–08) by the Residentie Orchestra. Other high-profile appearances include performances at the Musikverein Vienna, Gasteig Munich, at the BBC Proms, at Sydney Opera House with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and at the Bergen Festival. In 2012 she gave the US première of José Serebrier’s Flute Concerto at Carnegie Hall in a performance conducted by the composer. The work is also included on her acclaimed disc ‘Pipe Dreams’ ( BIS-1789 ), about which the International Record Review wrote: ‘No praise is too high for the combined musicianship, virtuosity and commitment of Bezaly.’ She has also given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Sharon Bezaly has always had a great interest in contemporary music and is now the living flautist with the greatest amount of concertos inspired by, and dedicated to, her in the world, including a great number of concertos and a lot of chamber and solo music from more than two dozen composers, among which are Kalevi Aho, Christian Lindberg, Haukur Tómasson, Sofia Gubaidulina, Zhou Long, Uljas Pulkkis, Mari Takano, Anders Hillborg, Sally Beamish, Yiu-kwong Chung, Brett Dean, Chen Yi, José Serebrier, Adina Izarra, and Ge, Gan-ru. These concertos (except Hillborg) are all recorded and freely available at her house label, BIS Records. Also, most recently, Jeff Beal – the composer of several famous works and an EMMY winner for his music to the famous TV drama series “House of Cards” composed a Flute Concerto and Fantasy for her. The world concert premiere of the Flute Concerto was with Osmo Vämska and t he Minnesota Orchestra in May 2018 and BIS released the album in August 2018. Thus 16 composers from 12 countries in five continents have written 20 concertos for her, on top of which are many composers with chamber and solo works, all dedicated to her.
Sharon’s collaboration with her record label, BIS, has produced dozens of exciting recordings with repertoire ranging from the flute’s core repertoire, like Mozart, Ibert and Nielsen, to the breaking of new ground with repertoire by the composers that have dedicated their works to her. Most recently is an interesting programme with the flute version of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto (with the OSESP Orchestra in Brazil and Rautavaara’s Flute Concerto “Dances with the Winds” with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and a stunning recital with Vladimir Ashkenazy of the Franck and Fauré Violin Sonatas arr. Flute and Prokofiev Flute Sonata. They have won her the highest accolades, including the Diapason d’Or (Diapason), Choc (Monde de la Musique), Editor’s Choice (Gramophone) and Stern des Monats (Fono Forum). Sharon is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris earning top prizes for chamber music and solo flute and was honored by the Royal Swedish Musical Academy by being elected a full Member in May 2018.
She plays on a 24-carat gold flute, specially made for her by the Muramatsu team. Her perfect control of circular breathing (taught by Aurèle Nicolet) enables her to reach new peaks of musical interpretation, as testified by the comparison to David Oistrakh and Vladimir Horowitz made in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Sharon’s website is at: www.sharonbezaly.se.