Menachem Har-Zahav began piano lessons in the U.S. at the age of four and, after only three months of lessons, arranged the musical part of an entire church service. Soon after, he studied with a university professor and had his first public concert at the age of seven. At 16, he performed George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for the first time as a soloist with orchestra. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch found afterward that his piano playing “proves that locally trained talent can be comparable in quality to what is found in the hallowed halls of music schools in the East.”
He continued his studies at Indiana State University with William Hughes and, after earning a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Central Missouri State University, taught at Lincoln University of Missouri and at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where at the young age of 26 he held the position of Assistant Professor of Music with concurrent chairmanship of the piano faculty.
After three years of teaching, he continued his studies in Great Britain at the University of York with the noted pianist Charles Hopkins, himself a student of Gyorgy Cziffra and John Ogden. In addition to his studies, he successfully participated in numerous competitions both in the U.S. and in Europe, including the Busoni International Competition, the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, and the Scheveningen International Piano Competition.
After performing internationally as a soloist with and without orchestral accompaniment, he now lives in Germany and devotes himself entirely to concert activities with up to 60 concerts a year and regular CD recordings. His numerous guest appearances have taken him to venues such as the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Gasteig Munich and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. In other European countries he has performed on stages in England, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
His repertoire includes all epochs of music literature with a focus on Romanticism.
Most recently, in 2021, he performed the German premiere of the Piano Concerto by American composer Adam Neiman.