Prof. David Shemer

Prof. David Shemer

Prof. David Shemer

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David Shemer, harpsichordist, conductor and teacher, is a leading figure of the Israeli early music scene. He was born in Riga, Latvia, immigrating to Israel at an early age. After completing his studies at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, he specialized in Baroque performance practice in London, where he studied with such illustrious teachers as Christopher Kite, Jill Severs, Trevor Pinnock and Philip Picket. Shemer is a Doctor of Musical Arts, a degree conferred on him by the University of New York at Stony Brook.

Shemer performs and records widely in Israel, Europe and in the USA, as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. His recently released CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was highly praised by both the critics and music lovers.

David Shemer teaches harpsichord, early music and music theory at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 1982; he also taught at the Jerusalem Early Music Workshop during all the 20 years of its existence. In addition he has given numerous master classes in Israel, as well as in England, Germany, Italy, the USA (where, among other things, he is a frequent guest lecturer at the famous Longy School of Music in Boston), and in Riga (Latvia), the town of his birth.

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