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, Israel Symphony of Rishon-Lizion, Israel Chamber, Jerusalem Symphony, Camerata Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana Symphony orchestras), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), Ann Arbor Symphony (MI), Riverside Philharmonic (CA), Dohnányi 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 will perform Mozart K 543 concerto with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and 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 scheduled for release in spring 2013 on the Orchid Classics label. In 2013/14 Mr Rabinovich is scheduled to return to Wigmore Hall with a solo recital in December 2013, as part of an European tour which will also include a recital in Belgrade's Kolarac Hall. Concerto engagements include a 35 city US tour with the Haifa Symphony in the spring of 2014 and return engagements with Dohnaniy Orchestra (Rachmaninov 3rd) and Ashland Symphony (Beethoven 2nd). 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 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 return engagements at the Rubinstein Piano Festival in Lodz, Poland and chamber music in Vienna's Mesikverein, the Menton Music Festival and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspie.. Roman was also part of the residency program at Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, performing Beethoven's complete cello/piano sonatas and variations 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. Mr. Rabinovich is a Steinway & Sons artist.
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.
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss has per- formed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.
The 2012-13 season will feature Weiss in repeat engagements with the Baltimore Symphony and New World Symphony, as well as in performances with the Tucson Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, and at the Ravinia Festival. Weiss released a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartok in spring 2012, and also spearheaded a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. During the 2011-12 season, Weiss performed with numerous orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Mexico City Philharmonic, and also made his recital debut in Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center.
Named the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.
Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist James Ehnes, and cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall. He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society's 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel's La Valse with pianist Shai Wosner.
Weiss's impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours' notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.