Genadi Zagor is an Instructor of Piano in College of Music at MSU with primary teaching in the area of duo-piano and collaboration with the Voice Area in opera and other collaborations.
A native of Krasnodar, Russia, Genadi Zagor began his music studies at the age of four with his father, a foremost guitarist and composer. He continued his piano studies at the Moscow Central Music School for gifted children with Tatiana Manuilskaya. Subsequently, he studied with Nelly Mezhlumova, one of the most prominent teachers of the Caucasus. After graduating from Krasnodar's Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music with distinction, he went on to study at the Moscow State Conservatory with Mikhail Mezhlumov. In 1991, Genadi immigrated to Israel and became an assistant to the famous Piano Duo Bracha Eden-Alexander Tamir at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.
Mr. Zagor holds prizes from the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City; the Eighth Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Israel; the Leeds International Pianoforte competition, United Kingdom; the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Japan; and the Francois Shapira Music Competition, Israel. Mr. Zagor won top prizes from the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, San Antonio International Piano competition in Texas, and the Grand Prize at the D’Angelo Young Artists Competition in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1995, Genadi became a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for outstanding artists and appeared in a special recital at the Presidential Palace for the seventh President of Israel, Ezer Weizman. In 1997, as a cultural mission leader for the Jerusalem municipality, he performed in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Throughout his career, Genadi appeared with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Gotham City Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Post-Classical Ensemble and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, among others. In 2000, Genadi moved to the United States and joined Maestro Alexander Toradze's Piano Studio at Indiana University (South Bend). After completing his Artist Diploma, Genadi accepted position of Visiting Artist at the University of Northern Iowa.
Genadi holds a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the Michigan State University. He has performed on stages and at festivals around the world as well as radio and television programs. Reaction to his performances has been commonly expressed as “sensational,” “nimble-fingered,” a “lively and imaginative player,” a “triumph,” and an “electrifying performance.”