The great-great grandson of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, Israeli-born Elisha Abas is a rare combination of talent, intellect, and pedigree. The solo pianist was a rare prodigy at the age of six when he started his performance career in 1977, performing concerts with the world's most prestigious orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and others. By the time he was a teenager, he was sharing the stage with some of the great masters, such as Zubin Mehta, Isaac Stern, and Leonard Bernstein. During this time, he won many accolades, scholarships, and prizes, including first place in the Claremont Piano Competition and first place in music for eight consecutive years by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Artur Rubenstein mentored Abas for five years during his youth (Abas appeared in the film "Artur Rubenstein and Friends"), and Abas studied privately with his life-long teacher Pnina Salzmann. In a major press interview, Salzmann was quoted as saying, "his authentic spirit and electrifying rhythm makes you cry."
After a short hiatus playing professional soccer for Israel's premier soccer league, Elisha Abas is now composing original works for the piano and performing at major halls worldwide. The NY Times commented on his 2007 Carnegie Hall concert by stating "Abas was definitely communicating something... the audience was hip and mostly under 40...a young man declared it amazing... the presence of so much youth and enthusiasm, the excitement in the room was palpable". In Italy, La Roma National Italian Newspaper commented after his debut in Napoli at the Palazzo Delle Arte "he is the most refined and interesting pianists of our generation... his playing is the perfect marriage of exuberant musicality restrained with the right dose of rationalism that is rich with colors and shades. His palette shines in all his splendor with a captivating performance of Chopin and Schumann". In 2009, Abas premiered his original compositions in Russia's Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg and in the United Nations Grand Assembly Hall in New York.
Elisha Abas debuted at Baruch Performing Arts Center's Engelman Recital Hall in February 2008 and has committed to performing at least two concerts per year at Baruch. Don't miss this incredible concert with interpretations of Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, his great-great grandfather Scriabin, as well as his original compositions