The Paley Music Festival welcomes father and son Amiram and Maxime Ganz!

Amiram Ganz, violin

Amiram Ganz

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Amiram Ganz started his solo career at age eleven, after placing first in a national violin performance competition. He later studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he met Alexander Paley. Mr. Ganz and Mr. Paley have performed together all over the world, interpreting the primary repertoire of violin and piano sonatas by composers including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.

Amiram Ganz’s honors in international competitions include the Long-Thibaud-Crespin in Paris and the ARD in Munich. He has served as first concert-master of Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He co-founded the Altenberg Trio of Vienna, performing at U.S. venues including The Library of Congress, Dumbarton Oaks, Frick Gallery, Harvard Chamber Music Society, and internationally at venues including Wigmore Hall, London, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, at an annual festival at Musikverein, Vienna, and in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In addition to keeping his busy performance schedule, Ganz teaches violin and chamber music at The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and conducts master classes all over the world.

Mr. Ganz plays a violin made in 1690 by Goffredo Cappa of Saluzzo, Italy.

Maxime Ganz, cello

Born in Strasbourg in a family of musicians—including his father, who performs with him this festival, Maxime Ganz began to play the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Strasbourg Conservatory with Jean Deplace. At the age of 16, he won the gold medal in violoncello from the Strasbourg National Conservatory and the gold medal with highest marks in chamber music of the Colmar Music Academy. Other prizes include the Diploma di Merito in Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the luthiers prize at the Forum musical de Normandie, the audience prize and the prize for the best interpretation of the obligatory piece of the International Competition “Julio Cardona” in Covilha, Portugal.

Maxime Ganz has studied with Mikhaïl Milman, soloist of The Moscow Virtuosi, with Natalia Shakhovskaya at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofía, Madrid, and with Antonio Meneses at the Musikhochschule in Bern, where he received the Concert Diploma with highest marks. He achieved “Master Specialized in Performance” and received his diploma with best mention.

Performances at music festivals include the Santander Festival (Spain), the Festival of Strasbourg, the Festival Nancyphonies, the Festival of Radio France in Montpellier, the Festival of Moulin d’Andé (Alexander Paley and friends) in festival “Les Pianos Folies” in “Le Touquet” (France). He has performed at the Tschaïkovsky Hall in Moscow, “Auditorium Paul Klee” in Bern, “Musikverein” in Wien, the “Palais des Congres” of Strasbourg, the “Auditorium” of Madrid, the “Salle Cortot” in Paris, and many others.

As a soloist, he has played with orchestras including the Berner Symphonie Orchester, the Cappella Istropolitana of Bratislava, the National Radio’s Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo (Uruguay), and the Ochestre Symphonique du Sud Ouest.