Lea Agmon

Lea Agmon

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Director of the Conservatory

Lea Agmon’s musical education began in her native city of Tbilisi, Georgia, where she studied piano from early age, first with her mother, and subsequently in a special school for gifted young musicians affiliated with the Tbilisi Conservatory. After immigrating to Israel in 1973 she studied piano with Yahli Wagman and Sonia Valin at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, on scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Concurrently with graduating the Academy, Lea Agmon began teaching piano professionally.

The Mannes College of Music, New York, awarded Lea Agmon a full scholarship to continue her musical studies as a graduate piano student of Edward Aldwell. At Mannes, she studied theory and analysis with Edward Aldwell, Carl Schachter, and Robert Cuckson, and chamber music with Klaus Adams. Starting in her early teens in Tbilisi, and continuing in Jerusalem and New York, she participated in many master-classes, performing for such prominent figures as Stanislav Neuhaus, Claude Frank, Eugene Istomin, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, and Harold Schoenberg.

After returning to Israel Mrs. Agmon joined the piano faculty of the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where she also co-chaired the Piano Department. Mrs. Agmon raised a generation of professional musicians. Many of her current and former students are prize winners of national and international competitions, and are active on Israeli and International stages in recitals and as soloists with orchestras. Some of the most prominent young Israeli composers are among her former students.

Throughout her teaching career Mrs. Agmon sought to develop innovative methods in piano pedagogy. To this end she studied cognitive and educational psychology at Bar-Ilan University, taking courses with Mario Miculincer and Shlomo Kaniel. She is frequently invited to lecture on her unique piano method, which approaches musical and technical problems from a broad perspective that embraces both music theory and cognitive psychology.

Lea Agmon recently established the Edward Aldwell International Center for Piano Performance and Musicianship at the JAMD, and serves as its Artistic Director.

Currently Mrs. Agmon serves as the Director of the Conservatory of the JAMD.

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