Pianist Itai Navon was born in Jerusalem in 1996, studied with Esther Narkiss at the conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and with prof. Emanuel Kresovsky in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv. Currently, Itai is studying in the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Sir András Schiff.
Itai Navon was invited by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals throughout Europe within the 2018/2019 season of his "Building Bridges" concert series, created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise. Itai has performed with orchestras such as the Israel Camerata, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Symphonette Ra’anana and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Avi Ostrowsky, Yeruham Scharovsky, Rafi Kadishson and Bar Avni. He has appeared in such venues as Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, deSingel, Beethovenhaus, Tel-Aviv Museum, the Jerusalem Theater and more. Itai is a a first prize winner of several national competitions, including the Clairmont competition, the Ashdod piano competition and the Young Artists Competition for chamber music.
Itai has attended numerous music festivals, including the Klavierfestival Ruhr, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Aspen Music Festival and the Tel-Hai International Piano Master-Classes. He participated in the program for outstanding pianists run by the Edward Aldwell Center, as well as in the David Goldman chamber music program at the Jerusalem Music Center. Itai has had the privilege to take part in master classes with world-acclaimed artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Angela Hewitt, Jonathan Biss, Robert Levin and more.
Itai Navon is a recipient of an America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship since 2013.
"...the character of Navon's playing showed itself, which works wiithout frills and pathos, in which a great clarity is expressed, paired with an almost childlike joy of playing"
- Der General-Anzeiger Bonn