Pianist Itamar Golan is one of Israel's foremost chamber music players and accompanists. He is also active as a soloist and is a prominent educator.
Golan was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in the Soviet Union, on August 3, 1970. His family moved to Israel when he was one, and he studied piano there with Lara Vodovoz and Emmanuel Krasovsky. At seven, he gave his first recital, and he attracted enough attention to win a scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation for study in the U.S. in 1985. For the next four years, he studied at the New England Conservatory, working with Patricia Zander and Leonard Shure. He also took chamber music courses with Chaim Taub, and chamber music would become a major focus of his career. Golan has performed widely as an accompanist and chamber musician in both Israel and the U.S., with both instrumental and vocal collaborators. The latter group includes soprano Barbara Hendricks. Golan has accompanied top-flight violinists Janine Jansen, Maxim Vengerov, and Shlomo Mintz, among others; he has also performed with cellist Matt Haimovitz. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, and he has performed at the Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Verbier Festivals, among many others. In 1991, Golan took a faculty position at the Manhattan School of Music, moving after that to the Paris Conservatory, where he remains the professor of chamber music.