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Benita Meshulam

Benita Meshulam feels a particular affinity for the music of Albeniz and Granados. Her family’s Sephardic tradition and language date back to roots in pre-Christian Spain. The depth and intensity of her approach to Spanish music have astounded audiences for well over a decade

Ms. Meshulam has been playing recital programs throughout the United States and in Scotland, including performances at Caramoor, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and the Music Mountain Festival in Connecticut. She also performed at the Rubinstein Commemoration Concerts in New York City. Ms. Meshulam's recordings have been heard on David Dubal's "Reflections from the Keyboard" program on WQXR and she has been a guest of John Schaeffer on NPR. Upcoming recital engagements are in New York City, Poughkeepsie, and Scarsdale, New York.

Ms. Meshulam authored an article on Montsalvatge for the Fall 2001 issue of Piano Today Magazine. Last season she performed Falla’s "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, as well as premiering some new pieces of Montsalvatge. Montsalvatge has enthusiastically praised Ms. Meshulam's recording of his work, stating that her performance was the highest level of playing, and that she achieved the exact character of each piece as the composer had intended.

In the spring of 2005, Ms. Meshulam gave two highly successful lecture-recitals for the Foundation for Iberian Music, CUNY Graduate Center series "Piano Conversations: The Catalan Piano Tradition."

Her latest recording, the complete piano music of Manuel de Falla, has been released as a two CD set by Brilliant Classics of Amsterdam.

This is Ms. Meshulam’s third appearance on our Historical Piano Series. She plans to record Albéniz’s Iberia suite with the 1877 Erard piano in June, 2009.

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