Roman Rabinovich (Piano)
Praised by the New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling,” the eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Rabinovich has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Last season distinguished pianist András Schiff chose Rabinovich for his “Building Bridges” series created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise. He was presented at Zurich’s Tonhalle, Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, and New York’s SubCulture. Anthony Tommasini, senior music critic of The New York Times, extolled Rabinovich’s performance of a Bach suite: “The challenge for a pianist is to convey the bouncy character of a dance while bringing clarity to the intricate contrapuntal lines, Mr. Rabinovich did so beautifully…Most pianists would choose this piece as a heroic and virtuosic conclusion to a recital. Mr. Rabinovich performed it with uncommon sensitivity and feeling for the elements of Baroque style and dance forms that inspired Brahms.”
Noted by critics for the “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution,” his recent appearances include KBS Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, Dohnanyi Orchestra, Vancouver Recital Society, Cincinnati Matinee Musical Series, Chopin Society in St Paul, MN, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully, Walter Reade Theatre and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.
Rabinovich, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice), will present his “Haydn Project,” comprising the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and at the Tel Aviv Conservatory in Israe. and will make debut appearances with the Toulouse Capitole Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic.
He has been heard as soloist with all the Israeli orchestras, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, KBS Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Symphony in C, Riverside Philharmonic, Dohnányi Orchestra and many other orchestras. As part of his prize at the Rubinstein Competition, Rabinovich played a recital for the Mezzo channel in France, which was televised to 39 countries and to millions of viewers.
In 2013, Orchid Classics released Rabinovich’s debut recording: “Ballets Russes” which
was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award and given a four-star review by BBC Music Magazine, who had this to say: “This is clearly a labour of love. Rabinovich's stylish line drawings adorn the booklet, and the enthusiasm of his joyful playing is infectious. There is plenty of dazzling passagework to savor, with the ‘Dance Russe’ zinging along merrily.
In addition to winning the top prize and four additional awards, including the prestigious Mezzo Award, best classical concerto, best young Israeli competitor and best performance of an Israeli piece awards at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel in 2008. Mr. Rabinovich won first prize at the Animato Piano Competitions in Paris in 2007.
Mr. Rabinovich, born in 1985 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, began his piano studies at the age of six with his mother, Mira. In 1994, he and his parents immigrated to Israel where he studied with Irena Vishnevitsky and later with professor Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and obtained his Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.
Mr. Rabinovich also excels as a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. Besides traditional painting Mr. Rabinovich draws on his iPad. His artwork can be viewed on his website at www.romanrabinovich.net.