Death of an international pianist, 58

Death of an international pianist, 58


norman lebrecht

June 15, 2022

We are saddened to hear of the death in Lithuania of the Israeli pianist Aviva Aranovich.

Here’s an appreciation:

The Israeli pianist Aviva Aranovich passed away unexpectedly while visiting her birth town Vilnius on May 26, 2022. Her funeral took place in Beer-Sheba, Israel on June 3rd, 2022.

Aviva was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, on June 11, 1963. Her family immigrated to Israel in the early 1970s. Her mother was a piano teacher at the Beer-Sheba Conservatory of Music and taught Aviva as a child.

Aviva obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Tel-Aviv University’s School of Music in Israel where she studied with Prof. Victor Derevianko and her Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City where she was a student of Adele Marcus and Peter Serkin.

Aviva gave her New York Recital Debut in February of 1989 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of Artists International Music Competition and received a rave review from the New York Times. She was the third prize winner of the 1991 New Orleans International Piano Competition and a prize winner at the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain and the Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, Italy.

Throughout her career Aviva gave solo and chamber concerts in Israel, USA, Canada and Germany and taught privately.

Recently she hosted a radio show in Berlin called “Music Matters”.

In 2019, following 34 years living in New York City, she moved to Palm Beach, Florida.

She is survived by her mother Raya, her sister Mina and her two nieces and nephew.


  • Michael Endres says:

    Met here in the mid eighties at Juilliard. Unforgettable character, always great company, full of humour and she had a spirited temper to be reckoned with.
    Happy memories, very sad to lose her so young. Rest in peace.