Sally Pinkas

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Sally Pinkas
EducationBrandeis University (BA)
Indiana University (MM)
New England Conservatory of Music
Brandeis University (PhD)
Professor of Music, Dartmouth College
Pianist-in-residence, Hopkins Center for the Arts
SpouseEvan Hirsch

Sally Pinkas is a pianist, born and raised in Israel.[1] She is Professor of Music at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and pianist-in-residence of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth.

Early life and education[edit]

Pinkas moved to the United States as a teenager to study piano. She studied at Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music,[1] and earned her Ph.D. in Composition and Theory from Brandeis University.[2] She made her debut in London in 1983.


Her principal teachers were Russell Sherman, George Sebok, Luise Vosgerchian, Genia Bar-Niv and Rami Bar-Niv (piano), Sergiu Natra (composition), and Robert Koff (chamber music).[2]

She explores contemporary music as well as the traditional repertoire, including chamber music. She performs with her husband Evan Hirsch as the Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo. Pinkas has released a number of solo and duo recordings. Her recording of Fauré's Thirteen Nocturnes was named one of the 2002's best CDs by The Boston Globe. American composers Daniel Pinkham and George Rochberg wrote duo piano works for the Hirsch-Pinkas Duo.[3]

The Wall Street Journal noted her “exquisite performance” in her “superlatively well-played” recording of Harold Shapero’s Piano Music, released on the UK label Toccata Classics.[4]


  1. ^ a b Winham, Veronica. "Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch join forces for a lively piano concert". The Dartmouth. Dartmouth University. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Sally Pinkas". Department of Music, Dartmouth. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Sally Pinkas, Pianist". Sally Pinkas website. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "A Celebrated Unknown". The Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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