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   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 Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Lucerne, Gstaad, Davos Festivals in Switzerland, Prague Spring Festival, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, Salle Cortot and Les Invalides in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. 

   In 2014-15 Mr Rabinovich is scheduled to perform at the "Andras Schiff selects" series and will include recitals in Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Zurich, Berlin, Vancouver and New York. In December 2013 Mr. Rabinovich has returned to Wigmore Hall with a solo recital, as part of an European tour which also included recitals in Switzerland, Scotland, and Serbia. In May 2014 Mr. Rabinovich made his Prague Spring Festival debut playing a solo recital in Rudolfinum and Rachmaninov 2nd concerto 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 early 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 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 expansive concerto appearances included most of Israeli orchestras (including Israel Symphony of Rishon-Lizion, Israel Chamber, Jerusalem Symphony, Camerata Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana Symphony orchestras), Paris Chamber Orchestra,  Dohnányi Orchestra (Budapest), Prague Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra , Ann Arbor Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Delaware symphony, Lubbock Symphony. 

 In addition to Maestro Mehta, Roman has worked with such conductors as JoAnn Falletta, Joseph Swensen, Boguslaw Dawidow, David Amado, Yoav Talmi, Noam Sheriff, Uri Segal, Arie Lipsky, Tomasz Golka, Avner Biron. 

   In recent seasons Mr. Rabinovich performed Shostakovich 1st concerto with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Joseph Swensen, Prokofiev 5th concerto with Riverside Philharmonic, Rachmaninov 3rd concerto and Brahms 1st concerto with Ann Arbor Symphony, Prokofiev 3rd concerto with Lubbock Symphony, Mozart concerti K 488 and K 595 with Camerata 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 Carnegie's Zankel Hall (commemorating 30th anniversary of Arthur Rubinstein's death), the Portland Piano International, Phillips Collection in DC and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, as well as  return engagements at the Rubinstein Piano Festival in Lodz, Poland and chamber music in Vienna's Mesikverein, the Menton Music Festival and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspile. 

In 2009 Mr Rabinovich played a recital for the Mezzo channel in France which was televised to 39 countries.  In 2008 Roman replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv. 

  Mr Rabinovich, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age" (San Francisco Classical Voice) is also an avid chamber musician and his collaborators have 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.

 In spring of 2010 Mr Rabinovich was invited by Miriam Fried to join her at the Steans Institute’s Ravinia Tour.   

 Mr. Rabinovich is a Steinway & Sons artist. 

 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 

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