Zola Shaulis



Competition Winner

Born: September 7, 1942 (Lancaster, New Jersey)

Died: March 25, 2021 (St. Petersburg, FL)

Zola Shaulis (Kollock) pianist, was the first prize winner of three international piano competitions: The Bach International Competition, Washington, DC (1960); The Concurso Internacional de Piano in Rio e Janeiro (1969); and the 1971 Walter W. Naumburg Competition. She made her New York debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1970, and her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 1974 as a protege of Arthur Rubinstein.

Shaulis recorded two album of Bach for Deutsche Grammophone, which were met with critical acclaim. Her Naumburg award included in a recording for CRI label of works by Barber, Gruenberg, and Bloch.

A child prodigy, she started playing the piano at age 3 and appeared on the television shows of Arthur Godfrey, Arthur Murray, Kate Smith and Victor Borge. At age 7, she was the youngest soloist to play with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also performed with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Francisco and other American symphony orchestras. Shaulis performed the Goldberg Variations in Germany and was proclaimed to be "the Bach interpreter of Europe."


1971 Piano Competition

First Prize

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