Lea Agmon is the founder of the Edward Aldwell International Institute for Piano Performance and Musicianship in Jerusalem, and serves as the Center’s Artistic Director under the leadership of its Honorary President, Murray Perahia. Mrs. Agmon frequently serves as a jury member in piano competitions, and has given master classes in Israel, Europe, the USA, and Asia. Lea Agmon also served as the Director of the Conservatory at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She was a faculty member of the Piano Department of the Conservatory of JAMD since 1983, where many of her students have won prizes of national and international competitions, and are active on Israeli and International stages in recitals and as soloists with orchestras.
Mrs. Agmon obtained her Master’s degree from Mannes College of Music, New York, on a full scholarship, studying piano with Edward Aldwell, chamber music with Claus Adams, and theory and analysis with Carl Schachter. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, on scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, studying piano with Yahli Wagman and Sonia Valin. Starting in her early teens in her native Tbilisi, where she studied in a special school for gifted young musicians affiliated with the Tbilisi National Conservatory, and continuing in Jerusalem and New York, she participated in many master-classes, performing for such prominent figures as Stanislav Neuhaus, Claude Frank, Eugene Istomin, Peter Feuchtwanger, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, and Harold Schoenberg.
Throughout her teaching career Mrs. Agmon sought to develop innovative methods in piano pedagogy. To this end she studied cognitive and educational psychology at Bar-Ilan University. She is frequently invited to lecture on her unique piano method, which approaches musical and technical problems from a broad perspective that embraces both music theory and cognitive psychology.