Arie Vardi wins an unexpected prize

Arie Vardi wins an unexpected prize


norman lebrecht

February 08, 2017

The distinguished and sometimes controversial piano teacher has been awarded the Israel Prize 2017 by the Netanyahu government for ‘his tremendous contribution to the advancement of musical culture in Israel.’

Professor Vardi, 80 this year, is mostly seen these days as a jury member on international competitions.


  • Steinway Fanatic says:

    A vastly overrated teacher.

  • Peter Hannifan says:

    The Natanyahu government and its minister for culture Mrs Regev.
    I feel sorry for Arie Vardi, who is a very cultured man and deserves better company.