Universally hailed as “One of the best pianists of Russian romantic traditions” (Figaro, France), Yakov Birman graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory with the highest academic honors of Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and the Performing Arts Diploma.
Born in Odessa, a city of great musical traditions, Yakov made his orchestral debut at age 13 performing the Saint-Saens' Second Piano Concerto with the State Philharmonic. Invitations from the USSR and European orchestras followed immediately, and since, Yakov Birman performed with the leading orchestras in numerous world capitals to the enthusiastic acclaim from both critics and the audiences. Maestro Birman is also a noted chamber musician performing most recently at the New York’s Carnegie Hall.
As a piano Professor, Dr. Birman has taught master classes in virtually all European countries, including, most recently Russia, Finland, Netherlands, Czech Republic as well as the United States. Many of his students have won top prices at international piano competitions.
Yakov Birman immigrated to the United States in 1991 and immediately established himself as an active performing artist and teacher,
Among his most recent recordings, Maestro Birman produced a CD of Baroque music with a group of Los Angeles musicians which received enthusiastic praise from such notable musicians as Gary Graffman and Valeri Gergiev.
Yakov Birman has an immense experience in music from the Baroque era to the contemporary works. His repertoire ranges from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin to Prokofiev and Schoenberg.
Yakov is an amazing teacher! I always wanted to learn to play the piano, but never got started until I was in my mid-30's. I called the local piano store, was referred to Yakov, and started with him from scratch. I had a modest goal in mind, to be able to sit down at a piano and play a few pieces, and I achieved that goal very quickly under his study. He has introduced me to so many composers and pieces, has deepened my love for music, and I have really progressed further than I had ever imagined. I'm always surprised when I bring him some music and he can sight-read it with such beauty and expression, even if it's something he's never heard before! His teachings go far beyond learning the notes and plunking on the keys, he truly shares his passion for music and helps me learn each piece and play it with the expression that the composer had intended. Each lesson feels like a master-class! I highly recommend him for all ages and skill levels.
Dr Birman is the ultimate piano teacher ! He teaches with the deepest knowledge of not just technique but helps one capture the artistic core of any music that you are playing. I highly recommend !
Yakov will push me to always improve. He has knowledge and experience to understand fine details as well as being a fine artist himself. I’ll never be limited by his skill set. I’ve worked with him for several years and have made so much significant progress in my study of the piano.
DMA in Piano