Harpsichordist, organist, fortepianist and conductor Zvi Meniker was born in Moscow and raised in Israel. He began advanced musical studies at the age of 15. Meniker received diplomas with distinction from the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Zurich Academy of Music, where he studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Johann Sonnleitner, before moving on to the USA to study with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University.
Zvi Meniker commands a wide repertoire on his three instruments ranging from late medieval works to 20th-century compositions. He has also won numerous awards at international competitions.
Zvi Meniker taught harpsichord and performance practice at Duke University, USA, and is a regular faculty member at the annual Early Music Workshop in Jerusalem. After teaching at the Mendelssohn Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany, he accepted a professorship at the Hannover Conservatory, where he currently teaches harpsichord, fortepiano and performance practice. He is also a visiting professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv. His doctoral dissertation, recently completed, is on the Performance Practice of Fr. Chopin’s piano works.
He has led several large-scale productions in Germany and France, among them a “double bill” of J. Blow’s “Venus and Adonis” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” His two regular chamber ensembles are: Trio de l’Oustal (with recorder player Heiko ter Schegget and gambist Mieneke van der Velden) for works of the Baroque period, and Trio Parole (with violinist Philippe Couvert and cellist Andrea Fossà) for the classical and early romantic repertoire.