Pianist and voice teacher Eytan Pessen studied at the Tel Aviv University, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Juilliard School in New York, where he worked as a coach for the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist’s Programme. He collaborated as pianist, coach and chamber musician with many of the world’s greatest conductors, directors and singers.
He was artistic consultant to the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Teatro San Carlo Napoli. Before that, he was the opera director of the Semperoper Dresden, casting director of the Stuttgart Opera and artistic advisor to the Ruhr2010 European capital of culture.
Eytan Pessen now teaches voice and piano at the Opera Academy of the Grand Theater in Warsaw. Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Theaterakademie in Munich, since 2008 at the Frankfurt Opera and since 2014 at the IOS in Zürich. Among his singing and piano pupils are winners of important competitions, and soloists at many of the world’s great opera houses and music festivals.
He often gives masterclasses for singers, pianists and accompanists, for instance at the Académie of the Paris national opera, the Scuola d’Opera in Bologna, San Francisco Opera, North Carolina School of Arts, New Israeli Opera, the Mikhailovsky theatre in Saint Petersburg, the theatres of Stuttgart and Dresden. In addition, Eytan Pessen has been a jury member of many competitions worldwide.