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Pianist David Shimoni is a soloist and collaborative artist with extensive experience performing throughout the United States and teaching for nearly two decades.


Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dr. Shimoni has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College, Masters degrees in both solo and collaborative performance from the Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His teachers have included Yoheved Kaplinsky, Edna Golandsky, Ilya Itin, Robert McDonald, and Marc Durand.

Dr. Shimoni was the first-prize winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Auditions. 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, and the Dallas Museum of Art. He has been a guest artist at the Chautauqua, Brevard, Moab, Foothills, Golandsky, and Rockport music festivals, and his performances have been broadcast on radio stations WGBH-Boston, WFMT-Chicago, and WQXR-New York.


Dr. Shimoni has been on the teaching and accompanying staff of The Juilliard School, Brooklyn College, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and Trevor Day School in New York. 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. He centers his work on three principles.

First, playing the piano is a physical endeavor. All the best musical intentions amount to little without the right motions to express them. Many pianists lack a sophisticated technique, which results in poor rhythm and sound, physical discomfort, and mental weariness. For this reason Dr. Shimoni has many years of experience teaching the Taubman Approach, 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 ease and beauty in their playing.

Second, as a classically trained musician, he teaches his students to observe the written notes and indications in a musical score and to attune their inner ears to the music behind those notes. This is like “reading between the lines” of a book, and it comes from cultivating a precise and imaginative ear, understanding the historical context and compositional techniques behind each piece, and learning to balance individual expression with a deep respect for composers’ intentions.

Finally, Dr. Shimoni realizes that since he only sees students once a week, the quality of their practice time during the rest of the week is critical to their success. At each point in the process of learning a piece, he guides a student’s attention towards different aspects of playing the piece, so that their time spent at home is optimized.

In his twenty years of teaching, Dr. Shimoni has taught children, amateurs, college students, and professionals. Regardless of the age or experience that students bring, Dr. Shimoni seeks to help them reach the goal of piano playing that is physically coordinated and musically gratifying.

Dr. Shimoni teaches at two locations in Manhattan and is also available for in-home lessons. He invites you to contact him to schedule a discounted trial lesson or visit his website www.davidshimoni.com for more information.

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New York, New York
(646) 642-5607