Winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich brings a “warm and generous tone and supple touch” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) to his Caramoor debut. In performing Chopin’s quartet of ballades, Rabinovich tackles not only a form that Chopin invented but some of the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire. Along with a composition of his own, Rabinovich rounds out the program with a duo of Haydn sonatas championing a composer he particularly adores – “His wit, emotional depth and musical invention have been a source of inspiration for me.”
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Haydn Sonata No. 20 in B-flat Major, Hob. XVI:18
Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Rabinovich Memory Box (World Premiere)
Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Haydn Sonata No. 61 in D Major, Hob. XVI:51
Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
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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 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He has performed throughout Europe and the USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Millennium Stage at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.
Dubbed “a true polymath, in the Renaissance sense of the word” (Seen & Heard International, 2016), Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist. In summer 2016 he embarked upon the Haydn Project, encompassing recitals of Haydn’s complete keyboard sonatas at Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and the Tel Aviv Conservatory, as well as artwork inspired by Haydn. After his recent debut recital at Lincoln Center the New York Times hailed Mr. Rabinovich’s Haydn Sonatas as “admirable interpretations, performed with a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity.”
Rabinovich, “whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice) made his Israel Philharmonic debut under Zubin Mehta at the young age of 10, having immigrated to Israel a year before from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Rabinovich’s parents, both piano teachers, taught his earliest lessons, before he began studying with Arie Vardi in Israel. He attended Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and achieved his Masters Degree at The Juilliard School, where he was taught by Robert McDonald. Rabinovich was the first of three young pianists to be championed by András Schiff, who selected him for his Building Bridges series in Zurich’s Tonhalle, Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, and New York’s SubCulture.
An avid chamber musician, Rabinovich frequently collaborates with the violinist Liza Ferschtman, among others. He has performed the complete Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano with Ferschtman, as well as a marathon of Brahms’ chamber music in Tel Aviv. He recently recorded ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for the Orchid Classics label to critical acclaim.
Rabinovich began drawing at age 10, and though he never took formal lessons, it has been a passion of his ever since. Since 2010 he has created art on his iPhone and iPad, which are much easier to transport when traveling internationally for concerts. Technology is frequently also a feature of his concerts, as he performs from an iPad rather than sheet music.