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David Shimoni is a pianist of national acclaim whose teaching reflects thorough experience as a performer as well as an extensive pedagogical background.


Described by the American Record Guide as a pianist whose playing “was as smooth as velvet,” David Shimoni has performed extensively throughout the United States. He has appeared in recital in New York’s Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Museum of Modern Art. He has also been featured at the Barns at Wolf Trap, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art, and Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, Rockefeller, and Stanford Universities.

Mr. Shimoni was the first-prize winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Auditions, which sponsored two years of recitals throughout the United States. He has been a guest artist at the Chautauqua, Brevard, Moab, Foothills, and Rockport music festivals, and his performances have been broadcast on radio stations WGBH-Boston, WFMT-Chicago, and WQXR-New York.

Sought after for his skills as a collaborator, Mr. Shimoni has worked with the Jupiter String Quartet, New York Festival of Song, Southeastern Festival of Song, and Toronto Dance Theatre. He frequently accompanies singers under such auspices as the Juilliard School’s Alice Tully Hall Vocal Debut Recital, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild. He has also completed eighteen educational and outreach tours throughout the United States in affiliation with the Piatigorsky Foundation.

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mr. Shimoni attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College. He then received the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship to study at the Juilliard School, where he obtained masters degrees in both solo and collaborative performance. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His teachers included Robert McDonald, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Marc Durand, Edna Golandsky, and Ilya Itin.

Mr. Shimoni has been on the teaching and accompanying staff of The Juilliard School, Brooklyn College, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the Ravinia Steans Institute. He has also given master classes and educational workshops throughout the United States and was invited to give presentations on his teaching approach at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference.


In his fifteen years of private teaching experience, Mr. Shimoni has taught students of all ages, including children, amateurs, college students, and professionals. Regardless of the age or experience that a student brings, Mr. Shimoni seeks to make playing personally enriching, musically satisfying, and physically coordinated.

Mr. Shimoni has twenty years of experience in the Taubman approach to piano playing, a physiologically based set of principles that frees pianists from physical strain and technical limitations. He has used this approach to assist students of all levels to attain new levels of technical facility and musical clarity.

Mr. Shimoni lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. He teaches at Trevor Day School and privately at two locations in Manhattan. His is also available for in-home lessons.

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