Biography

Pianist-Composer Moshe Solomon Knoll was educated at The Juilliard School in New York, and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
He earned the B.M. and M.M. Degrees from Juilliard, having studied Piano with Herbert Stessin, William Masselos and Beveridge Webseter. Dr. Knoll studied Composition at Juilliard with David Diamond and Michael White. He was mentored by Vincent Persichetti and Anthony Newman. At the U.of A. Knoll studied Piano with Ozan Marsh, and Composition with Robert Muczinski and Dan Asia. A virtuoso pianist, Dr. Knoll has been performing his works for three decades to the acclaim of international audiences. One of the highlights of his early career was a 1986 apperance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall at which Dr. Knoll performed his Piano Sonata #1.

Dr. Knoll has had a distinguished career as a Chamber Musician and as a Collaborative Pianist. After training with Professor Miri Singer, from Tel Aviv University, he served as Harpsichordist Continuo and Librarian for the Apollonia Ensemble for Early Music, in Israel. Two of his arrangements were performed at the Israel Festival by the Phoenix Ensemble for Early Music, under the directorship of Professor Myrna Herzog. He has also been active in the field of Jewish Liturgical music, having accompanied the noted Cantors Dov Keren, Simon Cohen and Irwin Goldstein. He has collaborated with the Zamir Chorale of Boston, under the baton of Maestro Joshua Jacobson.  Dr. Knoll has performed Lieder with the noted German Baritone Johannes Held.

Knoll's compositions include Chamber and Vocal works as well as pedagogical material and etudes for piano students of all levels. His compositions have been heard in the UK, Venezuela, Brazil, Israel, and in the USA: in NY, NJ, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Kansas, Arizona and California.

Among recent highlights was a successful performance of his PSALM 133 for Soprano, Violin Obbligato and Strings, featuring soloists Allison Charney, Soprano, and Laura Jean Goldberg, Violin with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Barbara Day Turner. This composition was subsequently performed twice in NYC under the baton of Thomas Elefant, and at the NJPAC by the Mid-Atlantic Opera Orchestra, under the baton of Jason Tramm.

Dr. Knoll's composition Anthem of Unity, on texts by Meister Eckhart, for Piano Trio and Baritone Solo was premiered in Beverly Hills by UCLA Professor Michael Dean. Knoll's Toccatta in the Phrygian Mode, for Piano and Cello was perfomed by Martin Perry and Misha Veselov at the LyricaFest Chamber Music Festival in Lincoln, MA in 2012.  In 2015 ArtsAhimsa presented a Concert Retrospective of Moshe Knoll's works, spanning the years 1975-2014. This event took place at The Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center, at The Calhoun School in NYC.

Dr. Knoll's String Quartet, "Memories of Novardok" had its world premiere at the concert "I am for my Beloved" at The Museum at Eldridge Street, in NYC. Moshe S. Knoll is one of the featured composers of the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary film "God Knows Where I Am" the Linda Bishop Story (2016), produced by Todd and Jedd Wider, starring actress Lori Singer. The film score was recorded by the Manhattan Symphony under the baton of Gregory Singer. In 2017 he was invited to participate in the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Lenox, MA. The Lenox Suite, for Piano, Violin, with a Choral Finale, was premiered to great acclaim at the concert marking the conclusion of the festive year.

Dr. Knoll sits on the board of DAHA, the Dvorak American Heritage Association, and there he serves as Co-Curator of the concert series "Dvorak: The Chamber Music Survey" which will present the complete chamber works of Antonin Dvorak at Bohemian National Hall in NYC.
He also serves as Staff Pianist at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance in New York City. 

A large selection of the compositions listed on this website can now be purchased at Sheet Music Plus. Dr. Knoll has been Composer-in-Residence and Director of Musical Research at ArtsAhimsa since 2012.

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