This summer Ariel makes his debut at Wigmore Hall and participates in the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, alongside renowned artists such as Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss. He was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Concert Artists Guild (CAG) International Auditions in 2021.
Over the last year Ariel has recorded music by Schubert for Linn Records (due for release in 2021) and given ‘online live’ recitals for the Vancouver Recital series in Canada and the Banco de la República in Colombia. Previous highlights include recitals at the deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp (stepping in for Till Fellner), Salle Cortot in Paris and the Miami Piano Festival.
Born in Jerusalem in 1997, in 2021 Ariel completes his studies as a full scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Ian Fountain, having studied with the late Hamish Milne. Prior to this, he studied at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, first with Lea Agmon, later with Yuval Cohen. Whilst there, he also studied violin and composition.
Ariel has performed widely in Europe in cities such as Paris, London, Rome, Prague and Brussels, and regularly appears in concerts broadcast live on Israeli radio and television, as well as on Radio France.
As soloist he has appeared with a variety of orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Brahms’s 2nd concerto, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, playing the Mozart C minor concerto. Among the conductors he has worked with are Trevor Pinnock, Peter Whelan, and Yi-An Xu.
An avid chamber musician, Ariel has collaborated with leading members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as with eminent musicians such as Maria João Pires and Torleif Thedéen. Festival appearances include the Hvide Sande (Denmark), Ravello (Italy), Ausseer Festsommer (Austria), Bosa Antica (Sardinia) and Israel Festivals.
Ariel has received extensive tuition from eminent artists such as Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, Imogen Cooper, Leif Ove Andsnes, Steven Osborne, and the late Leon Fleisher and Ivan Moravec. Awards include 1st Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix Animato Competition in Paris and 1st Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition, as well as a finalist award at the Rubinstein Competition.
In 2012 he released Romantic Profiles on LYTE records, an album featuring music by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Janáček
Ariel is a recipient of the Munster Trust Mark James Star Award and the Senior Award of the Hattori Foundation.