DROR BIRAN’s playing has been described in Die Bleed as “powerful, but also beautiful
sensitive, brilliant but full of artistry, seductively lyrical but intensely dramatic at the
climaxes”. The Plain Dealer added “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them
came pianissimos that whispered seductively…he has technique to burn and uses it
effectively…” The WCF Currier described Dr. Biran’s playing as “although not a flashy
performer, was mesmerizing in the intensity and emotionalism of his playing. His
fingering in the fast passages was breathtaking, and the loving care he gave to the sweetly
lyrical passages was riveting.”
His superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him
consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience.
Born in Israel, Dr. Biran is a top prize winner of several national and international piano
competitions. He is a graduate of the Givataim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs.
Lily Dorfman and The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he
studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. Dr. Biran received his Doctoral degree from The Cleveland
Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro.
Dror Biran won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995),
and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a
special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. His honors include the first
prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998),
first prize at the Israeli Rubin Academy Piano Competition (1998), and the Rafi Goralnik
prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition 2000. Dr. Biran has been a recipient of
multiple the scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished
Dr. Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the
Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg
Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He
has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Mester, Lane and
others. His concert tours have taken him to the United States, Eastern and Western
Europe, Israel and South Africa.
As a chamber musician Dr. Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music
ensembles such as Carmel and Aviv String Quartets, he has also performed with
members of The Cleveland Orchestra in different venues. His concerts have been
broadcast by WUOL, WCLV, WQXR, The Voice of Music – Israel, Classic FM South
Africa among others. Dr. Biran can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels
featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.
Dr. Biran taught at Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University.
Currently, he holds an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Louisville, KY.
His future engagements includes chamber and solo concerts in USA, Europe and Israel.