Concert: Three movements from Petrushka and more, Chicago Cultural Center, January 26

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Roman Rabinovich, Piano

Two Sonatas in d minor and c minor (5’)
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)

Ballade No. 3 Op. 47 (7′)
Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Six Piano Pieces Op. 19 (6’)
Arnold Schoenberg (1872 – 1951)

Three Movements from Petrushka (3’)
Russian Dance
Petrushka’s Room
The Shrovetide Fair; Mardi Gras
Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1951)

Twenty-four year old Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich was praised for the “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution” and has performed throughout Europe and USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Salle Cortot in Paris and Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

He is a winner of the top prize at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 1st prizes at the Animato and the Arjil Piano Competitions in Paris, as well as the “Vendome Virtuosi” prize.

At age 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta and since then performed with IPO and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. He performed as a soloist with most Israeli orchestras, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dohnányi Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and other orchestras.

In spring 2010 Roman was invited by Miriam Fried to join her at the Steans Institute’s Ravinia Tour, playing in Boston’s Gardner Museum, Ravinia’s Bennet-Gordon Hall, Stamford’s Treetops series and New York’s Merkin Hall. In 2009 TV channel “Mezzo” recorded his recital and since then it has been frequently broadcast in more than 30 countries in Europe and Asia. In May 2008 Roman replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv.

He has participated in international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Davos Festival, Verbie Academy in Switzerland, and the Israel Festival. He has been featured on radio and TV on numerous occasions in Europe and the United States.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994, where he studied with Arie Vardi. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and got his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.

Roman also excels as a gifted artist, and has won prizes as a painter. For more info visit www.romanrabinovich.net

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