Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Web site: http://www.aviv2.com/pnina
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Steinway artist Pnina Becher was Born to American parents in a small village, Moshav Beit Herut, in Israel, is the product of a generation of pioneers.
After being dubbed ‘prodigy’ in her early childhood, Pnina went on to win medals and scholarships in prestigious piano competitions throughout Israel. Her love for music stretched to vocals as well, and so Pnina was a member of the Efroni Choir, with whom she performed all over Europe, as well as Israel.
When the time came, Pnina served in the Israeli Army, just as all other eighteen year olds in the country do. Yet even after a two-year break of military service, Pnina returned to her beloved music world.
She entered the Tel Aviv Rubin Academy of Music, studying with Emanuel Krasovsky. After just a short time at the Academy, it was clear that Pnina would go on to achieve greatness in the music world.
Yet as it so often does, life came knocking at Pnina’s door, when she married in the late eighties, and moved to New York. She made the decision to take a hiatus from playing the piano… say, eighteen years, during which she built with her husband a family of three daughters, Aviv, Eden, and Asif (and three poodles…) whom she raised in New York.
After the eighteen-year break, and a move to Scottsdale, Arizona, Pnina whirled back into her music, truly making an entrance and performed both as a soloist, and with orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Israel, and now, Australia.
True to her origins, Pnina is in fact a pioneer of sorts. Her first album, a glorious recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations has been critically acclaimed, and Pnina’s second album, a brilliant recording of Scarlatti, Chopin, and Debussy, has been released two years ago. After completing a 2009 European tour of her Piano Reserva - Scarlatii Soirée Pnina continued touring in North America and is bound to tour both the US, Europe and South America in the next season.
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pb_letter_to_judeapearl.doc - Letter to Pearl Family about DPWMDs Participation