Israeli born pianist,Coral Solomon has been praised for her “distinct sensibility” and “original view” (Radio Romania Musical) and has performed numerous solo recitals throughout Canada, USA, Italy, France, Spain, Romania, and Israel.
She has appeared as soloist with over a dozen orchestras across Canada, Italy, and Romania- where she performed with the state philharmonic orchestras of Sibiu, Timisoara, Brasov, Bacau, Arad, Tergu Mures, Ploiesti, Ramnicu Valcea, among others. She returned to collaborate with the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra for the 3rd time, as she debuted a piano concerto of Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Corelli. The work was written and dedicated to her by conductor emeritus of New Jersey Plainfield Symphony, Sabin Pautza, who also conducted the premier.
Actively engaged in creative projects in her hometown, this season highlights include serving as artistic director for the first Canadian edition of the George Enescu International Festival(originating in Romania, it is one of the largest classical music festivals in the world) and performing in the Festival’s opening concert with the concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Crow; working with Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett, as her piano coach for the upcoming TV series: “Mrs. America”(shot in Toronto and set to be released in 2020); and appearing as the piano soloist in Toronto’s internationally acclaimed Fall for Dance North Festival that took place in the Meridian Hall (formally known as the Sony Centre).
Devoted to her community’s musical education scene, Solomon currently maintains a full-time private music studio at her home in North York. She is also the director of the “Berkovsky-Solomon Academy of Music” founded last year by her and her husband, Michael Berkovsky, which offers additional instructors for piano, theory, and violin lessons in her home studio. Solomon regularly adjudicates festivals such as the Pickering Rotary Music Festival,Unionville Music Academy Competition, Ann Southerland Award (part of the Canadian Contemporary Showcase), as well as the ORMTA Central Toronto, Scarborough, Newmarket, Barrie, and Oshawa branches.
After moving with her family to Toronto in 2004, Solomon was a student at the Young Artist Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Prizewinner of several competitions, Solomon was interviewed by numerous North American and European television channels and has participated in intensive international summer festivals such as the Pianofest in the Hamptons (Long Island, NY), the Morningside Music Bridge Institute (Calgary), and the Toronto Summer Music Institute.
She has completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master’s degree at Boston University, under the tutelage of Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Pavel Nersessian respectively. During her studies in the United States, she was a recipient of the generous Canada Council for the Arts’ Musician Grant. Solomon is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Toronto with Enrico Elisi, on full scholarship.