Ronen Shmueli

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    Pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Graduate of the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts and the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Served as a keyboard player and arranger at the IDF Orchestra. Graduated from Berklee College of Music, which he attended on a full scholarship. At Berklee, studied with Joanne Brackeen, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Terri Lynn Carrington, Ralph Peterson Jr., Greg Osby, Tiger Okoshi and Dave Samuels and was the winner of the Berklee Jazz Performance Award. Performed around the United States (NYC, Boston, LA, Cleveland, Tampa, Philadelphia), Europe (Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Bulgaria) and Israel with Billy Cobham, Ronnie Cuber, Paul Shapiro, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson Jr., Jean-Loup Longnon, Tia Fuller, Mordy Ferber, Tiger Okoshi, Ronan Guilfoyle, Peter Mazza, Avishai Cohen (trp), Eli Degibri, Gilad Dobrecky, Amikam Kimelman, Inbar Fridman and more. Director of the Rimon Jazz Institute. Led various projects of the Institute as a producer and musical director with special guests Billy Cobham, Phil Woods, Anat Cohen and Yoni Rechter among great others in Israel and the United States. Faculty at the Thelma Yellin High School Jazz Department and artistic director of the “Rimon Jazz Underground” concert series. Appeared in numerous radio programs as a Jazz music specialist. Winner of the Thelma Yellin Award for Jazz and multiple awards by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

    “Amazing pianist; Great interpreter.” (Joanne Brackeen)

    Quotes regarding the Ronen Shmueli/Jonathan Pinson tour:

    “Ronen Shmueli has found a unique way to play Jazz, borrowing from the Neo-Soul and R & B genres, which creates a contemporary sound, rooted in the tradition of classic jazz.

    The combination of Shmueli and Pinson is exciting and fresh, as this dynamic pair are pushing the boundaries constantly between jazz and groove music.” (Terri Lynn Carrington)

    “The music of Ronen Shmueli and Jon Pinson keeps me listening and smiling from the beginning of a performance to the end, and well after the final chord sounds. They are welcome on my bandstand any time.”(Hal Crook)

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