Praised by the New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling”, the Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Mr. Rabinovich has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Lucerne Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cite de la Musique in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
In 2015-16 Mr. Rabinovich is scheduled to perform Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3 with the KBS Orchestra and Yoel Levi, as well as return appearances with the Symphony in C, the Ann Arbor Symphony (Prokofiev Concerto No. 3) and the Dohnanyi Orchestra (Bartok Concerto No. 2). Recital engagements include Vancouver Recital Society, Cincinnati Matinee Musical Series, Chopin Society in St Paul, MN, Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre, as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Mr. Rabinovich’s chamber partners this season will include the Doric and the Ariel Quartets. In addition, Mr. Rabinovich will collaborate with the violinist Liza Ferschtman for a marathon of chamber music of Brahms in three consecutive concerts in Tel Aviv.
Noted by critics for the “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution” Mr. Rabinovich’s 2014-15 season highlights were a recital at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, as well as a series of recitals at Sir Andras Schiff’s curated “Building Bridges”, which included appearances in Zurich’s Tonhalle, Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, and New York’s SubCulture. In March 2015 Mr. Rabinovich performed complete Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano with Liza Ferschtman. In December 2013 Mr. Rabinovich returned to Wigmore Hall with a solo recital and was immediately invited back for two more recitals in future seasons. In May 2014 Mr. Rabinovich made his Prague Spring Festival debut playing a solo recital in Rudolfinum and Rachmaninov Concerto N. 2 in Smetana Hall. In spring 2014 he toured with the Haifa Orchestra throughout the United States, performing as soloist in 28 cities. The tour included four concertos: Tchaikovksy’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In 2013, Orchid Classics released Mr. Rabinovich’s debut recording “Ballets Russes”: Ravel/Rabinovich Daphnis & Chloe, Stravinsky Petrushka and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, all arranged for piano solo. Mr. Rabinovich was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award for his CD, which was also 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. It is the broad palette of colours that is most impressive, especially in the more poetic moments, such as the closing pages of “Romeo and Juliet before parting” (August 2013).
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 at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel in 2008, Roman won first prize at the Animato Piano Competitions in Paris in 2007.
At age 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic Orchestra debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and performed with that orchestra and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. Since then his expansive concerto appearances included most of Israeli orchestras (including Israel Symphony of Rishon-Lizion, Israel Chamber, Jerusalem Symphony, Camerata Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana Symphony orchestras), KBS Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony in C Orchestra, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Dohnányi Orchestra, Prague Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Lubbock Symphony.
In addition to Maestro Mehta, Roman has worked with such conductors as Yoel Levi, JoAnn Falletta, Joseph Swensen, Rossen Milanov, Boguslaw Dawidow, David Amado, Yoav Talmi, Noam Sheriff, Uri Segal, Arie Lipsky, Tomasz Golka and Avner Biron.
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 Arieh 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 earned his Masters 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. Please visit his website to view his artwork.