Menachem Har-Zahav himself developed his love for the piano at a very early age and, at his request, began piano lessons at the age of four.
What is it about music that fascinates him personally? “For me, music has been a language from the very beginning. Everyone knows how immense the possibilities are to express feelings with music. In my case, there is also the fact that I have a rather unusual absolute pitch memory. When I hear a note, I know what it is. But in a melody, I don’t just recognize the notes and their names, I hear something that sounds like its own language, words with meaning.”
And how much work goes into performing these highly virtuosic works of classical piano literature? “Between the ages of 16 and 22, I practiced 14 hours every day. At that time, the piano was literally my whole life. Now, however, a normal work day is enough for me, and I love spending time with my family, including my children and grandsons.”
Of course, the concerts are very much aimed at adult audiences. The programs are not children’s concerts, but a cultural offer to anyone interested.