Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo

With their artistry, spontaneity and infectious charm, pianists Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch have been delighting audiences since their Valentine’s Day debut at Dartmouth College's Hopkins center.  Following their European debut at the Officina Scotese in Italy they have continued to tour widely, garnering critical acclaim and forging a strong rapport with audiences and students alike.  Among performance highlights are concerts at Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Gnessin Academy in Moscow, the Muson Center in Lagos and the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila. Festival credits include the Apple Hill Center and Monadnock Music in New Hampshire, Kfar Blum in Israel, Pontlevoy in France and PpIANISSIMO in Bulgaria.

The Duo’s extensive repertoire features many of the masterpieces for the genre, including works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen, Milhaud and Bartók. They have commissioned and recorded the works of American composers Daniel Pinkham, Peter Child, Thomas Oboe Lee, Harold Shapero and Kui Dong for the Arsis, Albany, Toccata Classics and Otherminds labels. Their special friendship with composer George Rochberg culminated in the commission of his monumental Circles of Fire for two pianos, which the two premiered and recorded for Naxos, along with three more discs featuring Rochberg's solo piano works. Seasoned and passionate educators, Sally and Evan have conducted masterclasses at the Rice School of Music in Houston, Washington University in St. Louis, the China Conservatory in Beijing, and the Conservatories of St. Petersburg, Xian, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Pinkas and Hirsch hold teaching positions at Dartmouth College and Brandeis University, and live in Medford, Massachusetts. They will be making their debut in Brazil in the autumn of 2019.

Following her London debut at Wigmore Hall, Israeli-born Sally Pinkas has been lauded for her performances as soloist and chamber musician. Recent collaborations include the Adaskin String Trio, Ensemble Schumann, the Apple Hill Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and the UK’s Villiers Quartet. Pinkas holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D. in Composition from Brandeis University. She is the Pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. Sally loves to garden, hike and bake when time permits.

Evan Hirsch, an active recitalist and chamber player, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory. In addition to teaching piano and chamber music at Brandeis University, he teaches frequently at Dartmouth College, and has been on the Adult Education faculty at the New England Conservatory. Hirsch has performed with many contemporary ensembles throughout the Northeast, and has recorded for New Albion, MSR and Arsis. His release of selections from Vingt Regards by Olivier Messiaen (MSR) has received critical acclaim. When not practicing, Evan enjoys climbing, running and woodworking.

Additional Links: 
Recorded live on WGBH-Boston
Recorded live on WGBH-Boston
MSR-CD, http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1438
MSR-CD, http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1438
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Contact Information

First Name: 
Sally
Job Title/Position: 
Pianist-in-Residence, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College
Fax: 
781-395-8795
Physical Address: 
Medford, MA 02155
Last Name: 
Pinkas
Phone: 
781-395-8795

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Chamber
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Chamber
Music - Orchestral
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
1992
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Languages Available: 
Hebrew
Italian
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - In School
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
N/A

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
One or two pianos, depending on program. Page turners (1 or 2 according to program)
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2
Maximum Number of Performers: 
2

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$750