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Misha and Cipa Dichter, pianists who met at The Juilliard School as students of the legendary Rosina Lhévinne, made their debut joint appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972, four years after their marriage. Subsequently, the Dichters have performed in recital and with major orchestras around the globe. Misha and Cipa Dichter’s North American engagements have included recitals in all of the major cities in the United States and Canada, as well as appearances with the symphonies of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Abroad, they have been presented in the music capitals of France, Germany, Holland, Spain and Switzerland. The Dichters are also frequent and popular guest artists at many of the leading summer music festivals, including Caramoor, Hollywood Bowl, the Mann Center Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia. Entering the sixth decade of a distinguished international career, Misha Dichter remains one of America’s most popular artists, extending a musical heritage from the Russian Romantic School, as personified by Rosina Lhévinne, his mentor at The Juilliard School, and the German Classical style that was passed on to him by Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel. Born in Shanghai to parents who had fled Poland at the outbreak of World War II, Misha Dichter and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was two years old; he began studying the piano at five. At the age of twenty, while enrolled at The Juilliard School in New York City, he won the silver medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which helped launch an enviable concert career. Cipa Dichter was born in Brazil to Polish-Russian parents, and had her initial piano lessons at the age of six. She made her professional debut at age sixteen with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, and came to the United States shortly thereafter to study at The Juilliard School. Misha and Cipa Dichter reside in New York City, in a household ruled over by Baxter, their amiable Springer Spaniel. They have two sons and five grandchildren. 

Robert Spano, Music Director

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