Shira Legmann (born 1981 in Aachen, Germany) is a concert pianist with a wide repertoire – from Baroque to contemporary music – and an interdisciplinary artist who creates new compositions and soundtracks based on graphic novels, animation and video art. In recent years, she has performed piano recitals that span Bach's Goldberg Variations, Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards, György Ligeti's keyboard music, Morton Feldman’s late repertoire and Giacinto Scelsi's piano music, among others.
Legmann performs frequently as a soloist in Israel, Europe and the U.S. Some of the concert halls she has recently performed in include Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and La Fondation Suisse in Paris, Jordan Hall in Boston, An Evening with Steinway series, the Tel Aviv and Haifa Museum of Arts and more.
Alongside her activity as a soloist, Legmann served for the last seven years as co-artistic director and active member of Musica Nova Ensemble, a unique collective comprised of musicians and sound artists dedicated to contemporary and experimental music. She was also invited to perform as a guest pianist with the Israel Contemporary Players ensemble, conducted by Ilan Volkov and Zsolt Nagy and with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, with conductor Ariel Zuckermann and others.
In addition to concert performances, Legmann has presented original compositions at the Tectonics Music Festival in Tel Aviv, the fifth Biennale for Drawing in Jerusalem, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Legmann collaborates with artists from the fields of plastic art, dance and design. Notable among these are projects with British photographer and video artist Katerina Jebb for Comme de Garcons and Victoria Beckham fashion brands; video and plastic artist Hilla Ben-Ari, painters Adi Kaplan and Shahar Carmel, choreographer Anat Shamgar, and more.
Legmann holds an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass., and a Masters from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University, where she graduated with honors. Shira studied under the guidance of pianists Alexander Korsantia, Natasha Tadson and Michael Bugoslavsky.
In 2019, Legmann has released her first two albums: Barricades, together with American composer Michael Pisaro, and J.S. Bach: Keyboard Partitas Nos. 1, 3, 4 (self-released). In August 2020, Legmann composed and recorded a 12 minute piece 'The Ganges', inspired by a painting-score "The Ganges" by Matvay Shapiro, in which she played accordion and cello, to contribute to the Sound Art Exhibition in Israel and also the worldwide online festival AMPLIFY 2020: quarantine.