Avinoam Shalev, born in Israel, is 1st prize winner at the International Bach Competition Leipzig 2018 and professor for harpsichord and other historical keyboard instruments at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2021.
Shalev completed his Bachelor's degree at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv Univeristy in piano, musicology, harpsichord and organ. After further studies at the Accademia Villa Bossi in Northern Italy, he completed a master's degree in harpsichord and fortepiano at the HMTM Hannover.
He first appeared as a soloist at the age of 17 as part of a European tour. Since then, he has performed solo recitals in Europe and Israel, including at Wigmore Hall, the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Bachfest Leipzig and Toujours Mozart Israel.
Chamber music is close to Shalev's heart. For example, he is a founding member of the award-winning German-Israeli ensemble Arava. He was a soloist and continuo player in the baroque orchestra la festa musicale for many years.
He also enjoys exploring musical crossover. With the Lynx Ensemble he brings to life the connection between Swedish folk music and continental European art music; The show Handel Goes Tinder, a modern sitcom on stage, supports itself entirely on Handel's music; Le Concert des Amis plays baroque music by heart in cafés; And with Roy Amotz and Doron Segal he improvises with live electronics.