A native of Krasnodar, Russia, Genadi Zagor began his music studies at the age of four with his father, a prominent guitarist and composer. He continued his piano studies at the Moscow Central School of Music for gifted children with Tatiana Manuilskaya. He subsequently studied under Nelly Mezhlumova, one of the most prominent teachers of the Caucasus. After graduating from Krasnodar's Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music with honors he went on to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Mikhail Mezhlumov, one of Russia's greatest teachers. In 1991, Genadi immigrated to Israel and became an assistant to Professor Alexander Tamir at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.
Genadi Zagor has won prizes at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City; the Eighth Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Israel; the Leeds International Pianoforte competition, Great Britain; the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Japan; and the Francois Shapira Music Competition, Israel. In 1995 he became a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for outstanding artists. In 1997, as a cultural mission leader for the Jerusalem municipality, he performed in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic. He has appeared frequently on Israeli National Television and Radio. After winning the highly prestigious National Piano Competition in Tel-Aviv, Genadi was privileged to perform for Ezer Weizman, the seventh President of Israel, at the Presidential Palace.
Following his stage debut with an orchestra at the age of ten, Genadi Zagor has appeared with ensembles including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Gotham City Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Post-Classical Ensemble, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, among others. Throughout his career, Genadi Zagor has performed at concert venues in Russia, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the United States.
In 2000, Genadi moved to the United States and joined Maestro Alexander Toradze's thriving piano program at Indiana University (South Bend). After completing his Artist Diploma, Genadi served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Piano at the same university. Genadi holds a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the Michigan State University. Since his arrival in the United States, Genadi won top prizes from the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, San Antonio International Piano competition in Texas, and the Grand Prix at the D’Angelo Young Artists Competition in Erie, Pennsylvania. Recent solo performances were at the most prestigious Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo (Michigan) as a part of the "World Rising Stars" series, and the Toradze Piano Studio Rachmaninoff Marathon. Both events were broadcast live on the National Public Radio. Genadi actively participates in Marathon projects organized by famous music writer Joseph Horowitz together with Maestro Toradze and his assistants. Genadi Zagor has traveled extensively across Europe and America performing with Maestro Toradze and the Studio, most notably at the prestigious Ruhr Klavier Festival (Germany), the Salzburg Festival (Austria), the Stresa Festival (Italy), the Bologna Piano Festival (Italy), the Palermo Music Festival (Italy), the Florence Piano Festival (Italy), the Uzano Music Festival (Italy), and the Strasbourg Festival (France). Most recent performances include “The Stravinsky Project” and Symposium: “Reactions to the Record” in Stanford University, California; Stravinsky “Les Noces” and Stravinsky Piano Marathon in Strathmore Hall, Washington, DC; “Russian Gershwin” with Post Classical Ensemble in Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Baltimore, and “Celebration of Gershwin” with Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in Saint-Petersburg (Russia). Upcoming engagements include concerts in Washington, DC, California, Russia, Germany, France, and Italy.
For the past six years, Genadi served on the faculty of University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music. As a Visiting Artist and Piano Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa, Genadi performed at several events, including the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Annual Crème de la Crème, the School of Music Annual Scholarship Benefit Concerts, faculty and student recitals, and faculty chamber concert series. As adjudicator, Genadi served on the panel of Iowa Music Teachers Piano Association and Music Teachers National Association conferences performing and presenting new works by Iowa composers. He also appeared as a guest pianist with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Annual Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, College Hill Arts Festival, and as a guest on the KUNI/KHKE, WFMT and SATELLITE SIRIUS XM public radio stations.
Since 2012, Genadi Zagor actively participates in solo and chamber recitals at the Michigan State University where he serves as an Instructor of Piano. In the fall of 2017 Genadi has been appointed position of Lecturer in Piano at the University of Michigan-Flint. Throughout his professional career Genadi collaborated with artists like Suren Bagratuni, Yuri Gandelsman, Richard Sherman, Jan Eberle, Michael Kroth, Guy Yehuda, Walter Verdehr, Ilya Kaler, Denis Sedov, Charles Neidich, Jennifer Casey-Cabot, James Campbell, Michael Rusinek, Michael Webster, Leone Buyse, Ian Clarke and many others. Genadi participated in Master-Classes with world renowned musicians such as Evgeny Malinin, Dmitry Paperno, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Valery Kastelsky, Rudolf Kherer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Mikhail Pletnev, Claude Frank, Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, Russell Sherman, and Yo-Yo Ma. Reaction to Mr. Zagor’s performances is typically expressed with phrases such as “sensational,” ”nimble-fingered,” ”lively and imaginative player,” ”triumph,” ”electrifying performance,” and, ”superb pianist-walking the fine line between jazz and classical with perfect balance”.