Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Roman was already praised by critics for the vivacity and virtuosity" and "the impeccable clarity of execution" and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne and Davos Fesivals in Switzerland, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, as well as Jordan Hall in New England Conservatory, Kauffman Center's Merkin Hall in New York, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Salle Cortot and Les Invalides in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
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, Roman has won first prize at the Animato Piano Competitions in Paris in 2007, the Rafi Gouralnik prize and the Meira Gera audience prizes at the Aviv Competition in Israel in 2008, as well as Salon Virtuosi award in 2009 and "Vendome Virtuosi" prize in 2006.
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 expensive concerto appearances included most of Israeli orchestras (including Israel Philharmonic, Rishon- Lizion, Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana Symphony orchestras), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), Ann Arbor Symphony (MI), DohnÌÁnyi Orchestra (Budapest), Delaware symphony (DE), Ashland Symphony (OH), Lubbock Symphony (TX) Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland). In addition to Maestro Mehta, Roman has worked with such conductors as JoAnn Falletta, Joseph Swensen, David Amado, Yoav Talmi, Noam Sheriff, Uri Segal, Arie Lipsky, Jan Schultz, Tomasz Golka, Avner Biron.
In the 2012/13 season, Mr Rabinovich has return engagements with the Ann Arbor Symphony (Brahms d minor concerto) and the Israel Symphony of Rishon Lezion (Tchaikovsky 1st concerto). Recitals appearances include Carnegie's Zankel Hall (commemorating 30th anniversary of Arthur Rubinstein's death). Mr. Rabinovich's debut CD of ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky is n•À_scheduled for release in spring 2013 on the Orchid Classics label.
In the last few seasons Mr. Rabinovich performed Shostakovich 1st concerto with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Joseph Swensen, Prokofiev 5th concerto with Riverside Philharmonic, Rachmaninov 3rd concerto with Ann Arbor Symphony, Prokofiev 3rd concerto with Lubbock Symphony, Mozart concerti K 488 and K 595 with Kamerata Jerusalem at the orchestra's tour in Italy, as well as Tchaikovsky 1st concerto and Benjamin Yusupov's Piano Concerto in Israel. Recital appearances include the Portland Piano International, Phillips Collection in DC and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, as well as chamber music in Vienna's Mesikverein, the Menton Music Festival and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspie and a return engagement at the Rubinstein Piano Festival in Lodz, Poland. Roman was also part of the residency program at Yellow Barn, performing complete cello/piano works of Beethoven with Alice Yoo.
In April 2009 as part of his prize at the Rubinstein competition Roman played a recital for the Mezzo channel in France which was televised to 39 countries.
In spring of 2010 Roman was invited by Miriam Fried to join her at the Steans Institute's Ravinia Tour, playing in Boston's Gardner Museum, Ravinia' Bennet- Gordon Hall, Stamford's Treetops series and New York's Merkin Hall. In May 2008 Roman replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv.
Roman, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age" (San Francisco Classical Voice) is also an avid chamber musician and his collaborators has included violinists Daniel Hope, Miriam Fried, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, the Atrium string quartet and the piano quartet "Fourtissimo" with Ran Dank, Soyeon Lee and Vassilis Varvaresos with whom Mr. Rabinovich appeared at Carnegie's Zankel in October 2010.
Mr. Rabinovich is teaching and playing at the newly founded arts center U-Hac, and appears with the U-Hac chamber players. Roman has received financial support from Zfunot Tarbut, Ronen and Rich Foundations, as well as scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation from 1996 to 2004.
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 got 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. His artwork can be viewed on his website at www.romanrabinovich.net.