Artistic director of the festival

George Edelman, son of Alexander Edelman - distinguished pianist and teacher who lived first in the Soviet Union and later in the United States - graduated at the Leopoli School of Music (USSR).
In 1978 he left the Soviet Union and moved to New York, in the United States, where he quickly became famous as a teacher of both piano and chambe rmusic at the University of New York (NYU) and at Mannes College of Music. At the same time he also held many concerts of chamber music and held several tours in the United States.
In 1986-87 he was appointed director of the Summer School of New York University in Italy, where he taught History of chamber music and held lessons based on the German Lied style.
In 1987 he founded the International Festival of chamber music in Camerino, and since it turned out to be an excellent opportunity for many famous international musicians, it was soon considered one of the most interesting summer music appointments in Europe.
He has been living in Paris since 1988.
In 1997 he decided to venture out in a new project, the birth of an International Festival called "Elba, European Music Island", and thanks to this festival, the Island felt the urge to bring the historical theatre in Portoferraio, built in 1814 during Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's exile on the island, back to life. This fascinating theatre had lain untouched for over 50 years, then in October 1997 it was given a new lease of life and inaugurated with the first edition of the Elba Music Festival.
In October 2004 Edelman was appointed artistic director by Ferrara Musica - the Italian home of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as well as one of the most important concert seasons in Europe, founded by the maestro Claudio Abbado.

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