Praised by the New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb” and for the “true poetry in her phrasing”, Renana Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and collaborative artist.
A top prize winner at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York, and Tel-Hai Internationl Master Classes, she has performed with orchestras including Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi”, and the Mannes College Orchestra.
An ardent interpreter of Beethoven, Ms. Gutman was one of four young pianists selected by the renowned Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven Piano Sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall where she presented performances of “Hammerklavier” and “Appassionata” to critical acclaim.
Ms. Gutman spent summers at the Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, members of the Guarneri Quartet, and clarinetist Anthony McGill. She toured with “Musicians from Marlboro” in series such as the People’s Symphony Concerts (NY), Gardener Museum (Boston), and Freer Gallery (Washington). Much affiliated with vocalists, she has performed with Lincoln Center soprano Susan Naruki, and mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford of the Metropolitan Opera.
Her last seasons with duo partner, violinist Dan Zhu, included Ravinia Rising Stars, Washington National Gallery, Stresa Music Festival, Italy and a tour in South Africa.
Ms. Gutman’s former piano trio, “Terzetto”, with violinist Diana Cohen and cellist Tanya Ell, won First Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition in Ohio and has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Lansing Symphony. The Trio has been featured at “Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival”, the Banff Center in Canada, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival (North Carolina), and the Saugatuck Music Festival (Michigan).
A native of Israel, Ms. Gutman started piano studies at the age of six. Soon recognized as a prodigy garnering multiple awards and honors, she became a recipient of America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship with distinction from 1992-2004, and later on of Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Scholarship.
Her most influential teachers were pianists Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko in Israel, Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and the established composer Arik Shapira.
Since 2012, she has been serving as the staff collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival.
Ms. Gutman has previously been on the faculty of the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in the UK. She currently teaches at 92nd Street Y in New York City, and the Preparatory Division of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.