The world-famous piano duo Eden and Tamir, performed for more than 50 years and gave between 1955-2006 over 5000 performances. as soloists with orchestras, in recitals, on television and radio and  in various festivals.

Bracha Eden was born in Jerusalem in 1928, daughter of Judith and Chaim Lochinski-Or who immigrated to Israel in 1919 on the ship “Ruslan” which was considered the harbinger that opened the third Ailyah. Bracha Lochinski-Or studied piano at the New Jerusalem Conservatory and her teachers were Ida Rosen and Josef Tal graduated from the Gymnasia Rehavia High School.

In 1946 Bracha married Gamliel Ende-Eden.

Alexander Tamir – Alik, son of Dr. Noah and Fenia Wolkowyski was born in 1931 in Vilna, Poland (now the capital of Lithuania).

Alik began studying music at the age of 5.

In 1941, when  the Germans entered Vilna his family was forced to move to the ghetto. His father was a member of a cultural club with Abba Kovner and Abraham Sutzkever. He wrote in Polish a poem about Ponary – the execution site of the Jews of Vilna. The poet Shmerke Kaczerginski translated the song into Yiddish and 11 year old Alik Wolkowyski composed the song which won a prize in a  composition  competition in the ghetto. The song “Ponar – Shtiler, Shtiler” became one of the symbols of the Holocaust.

Tamir was liberated in 1945 and that same year he emigrated to Israel, where he studied piano in Tel Aviv with Eliyahu Rodiakov and composition with Yitzhak Edel. He graduated from “Geula” High School.

In 1948 he participated in the War of Independence.

Bracha and Alexander met in 1951 as students of Prof.Alfred Schroeder at the New Jerusalem Conservatory (now the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance). Their teacher was the one who encouraged them to play together, just as Artur Schnabel had with his student-assistant Alfred Schroeder.  In1955 the Eden-Tamir duo received a scholarship to participate at the Aspen Festival and study with Vronsky and Babin. Two years later they won the first prize in  the Vercelli Duo Competition in Italy.

In 1958 the duo participated in “The Ed Sullivan of Israeli Stars” which was organized by Ed Sullivan, an American television star. Among the talents that participated in the show was also a 13-year-old violinist –

Itzhak Perlman. From then on Eden-Tamir Duo became a success story.

More than 50 years on stage

More than 5000 performances in recitals, as soloists with orchestras, television and radio programs, festivals and concert-lectures

Orchestras:

Israel Philharmonic,  Jerusalem Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony , New York Phil., Mexico City Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Passdeloup Paris, Boston Symph.Orch.,

Hamburg Radio Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orch.,  London Symphony Orch, Scottish National Symph.,

RAI Radio Rome  Symph. Orch., Athens Orchestre National, Haifa Symphony, Santa Cecilia  Orch.

Moscow Chamber Orchestra, NHK  Tokyo,  Gurzenich Orkester-Cologne . Bournemouth Symph.Orch. , Liverpool Symph.Orch., London Sinfonia, Halle Orch, Hong Kong Phil.,  Singapore Symph Orch.,Orquesta Filharmonica de Madrid… 

Conductors:

Sergiu Celibidache, Paul Paray, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Adrian Boult,Leonard Bernstein,  

Sergiu Comissiona, Mendi Roan, Yuri Ahronovitch,  Gary Bertimi, Charles Munch, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez,Sidney Harth, Boris Brott, Simon Rattle, Moshe Atzmon,

Henryk Czyz,  Paul Kletzki……….

Festivals:

Tanglewood, Bath, Edinburgh, Aspen, Israel, Warsaw Autumn, Wiener Festwochen, BBC Proms, Gaming-Austria , Summer Nights-St.Petersburg …….

Records-LPs and CDs: Decca-CRD-Hed Artzi

Complete works by Mozart

Complete works by Schubert

Complete works by Rachmaninoff

Complete works by Brahms

Brahms-The Four Symphonies

Stravinsky-The Rite of Spring

Works by: Liszt, Lutoslawski, Milhaud , Britten, Schumamm, Poulenc, Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven…  Concerti by: Bach ,Mozart, Mendelssohn, Czerny, Bartok, Poulenc, Tal Zimmerman, Milhaud…

Eden and Tamir were the first to play outside Poland the Polish composer Witold  Lutoslawski’s “Variations on a Theme by Paganini”. They were the first to play and record the “Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky on

two pianos – an adaptation by Alexander Tamir under the guidance and with the consent of the composer.

They were instrumental in promoting Israeli music and many works were written for them, including those by  Josef Tal, Haim Alexander, A.A.Boskovich, Marc Lavry, Mark Kopitman, Karel Salmon and Ari Ben Shabtai.

The first LP record of Israeli classical  music was produced in the early 60s by “Hed Arzi” with works for two pianos played by Eden and Tamir.

Their  recording of Brahms’ Sonata in F minor (Decca) received the Grand Prix du Disque.  They recorded for the BBC the four Brahms symphonies in the original version for two pianos by the composer.

Over the years the Eden-Tamir duo participated in Israel’s Independence Celebrations in the United States, Nepal, England, Thailand, Ireland and Japan. They gave fund-raising  concerts for organizations and institutions, including Bnei Brit, Hadassah, WIZO, the Jewish National Fund, Alyn, and more.

They gave concerts all over Israel in kibbutzim,  in remote communities and in IDF bases.

Prof.Bracha Eden and Prof.Alexander Tamir- senior faculty members of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, taught generations of students, many of them active today  in music in Israel and abroad.

They contributed greatly to the development of the Academy.  Bracha Eden served as the first Head of the Conservatory of the Academy and was  Head of the Keyboard Department at the Academy. She also founded the International Friends Society of the Academy.

 Alexander Tamir served as Dean of the Academy and as Head of the  Piano Chair and the Piano Duo Chair

The Eden-Tamir Music Center

In 1968 the Eden-Tamir duo founded the Music Center in Ein Karem-‘Targ Center’- to enrich the music  life  in Jerusalem and to provide  a platform for talents needing exposure. The center runs ” Excellence Series of Young Artists – the future generation – broadcast on “the Voice of Music ,  concerts of new immigrants, concerts for the elderly and veteran Jerusalemites, producing CD’s ‘Jerusalem Artists’ in collaboration with the Culture Department of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Absorption. The Ein Karem music Center is also the home of The Israel   Chopin Society which maintains cultural relations and exchange of artists as part of  the International Federation of Chopin Societies.

The Eden-Tamir Music Center hosts as well “The Voice of Music Young Artist Competition” – in cooperation with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and The Israel Broadcasting Authority.

To date, the Center hosts young artists – the future generation, new immigrants, and international and local artists in weekly concerts of which some of them are broadcast live on the “Voice of Music”. Concurrently, Alexander Tamir has been and still is the editor of programs on the “Voice of Music”, the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

The Eden-Tamir duo was awarded the title “Yakir Yerushalaim” for their contribution to the music life in Israel and the development of music life in Jerusalem. They won the Immigration Minister’s prize, and were awarded the title of ‘Honorary Fellows’ of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, a degree which is awarded to those who significantly contribute to music life in Israel and abroad.

The Eden-Tamir duo lasted for over 59 years until Bracha Eden’s death in 2006.