In 2023, Ariel was honoured to receive the Prix Serdang, a Swiss prize awarded by the distinguished Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The prize is endowed with CHF 50,000 and is in recognition of a young pianist’s achievements, and an investment in their future.
Prior to this Ariel won 3rd Prize at the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition, performing Brahms Concerto No.2 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year he was a prize winner in the inaugural Young Classical Artists Trust (London) and Concert Artists Guild (New York) International Auditions.
Over the last year Ariel returned to Wigmore Hall, the Miami International Piano Festival, and Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. He undertook a tour of Argentina and gave recitals in the Homburg MeisterKonzert series in Germany, the Menton Festival in France, Perth Concert Hall (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), and across the UK including the Brighton and Bath Festivals.
Born in Jerusalem in 1997, Ariel studied with Lea Agmon and Yuval Cohen. Based in London, he recently completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne and Ian Fountain.
Programme includes: Beethoven: Sonata in A op 2, no.2; Cesar Franck: Prelude, Aria, et Final; Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (with 5 posthumous variations)