First volume in a series of new recordings in which the illustrious pianist Roman Rabinovich will record all of the piano sonatas written by Haydn for FHR.
Haydn was a prominent and prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period and composed 62 keyboard sonatas. Written over a 40 year period or so, and displaying a variety of styles, the earlier sonatas were written for harpsichord and the last for the newly developed hammer-action fortepiano.
Rabinovich is a brilliant interpreter of Haydn. Indeed, The New York Times hailed Rabinovich’s Haydn performances as ‘admirable interpretations, performed with a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity’.
Rabinovich has earned critical praise for his explorations of the piano music of Haydn, which include his 42 sonata cycle at the 2018 Bath International Festival.
Praised by The New York Times for his ‘uncommon sensitivity and feeling’, Roman Rabinovich has performed throughout Europe and the United States in venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Lauded as ‘a master of tone-colour’ (International Piano, 2018), Rabinovich made his Israel Philharmonic début under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age ten. He was a top prizewinner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2008, while in 2015, he was selected by Sir András Schiff as one of three pianists for the inaugural Building Bridges series, created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise.
Rabinovich has earned critical praise for his explorations of the piano music of Haydn, which include a 42 sonata cycle at the Bath International Festival, and partial cycles at the Lammermuir Festival and ChamberFest Cleveland. The New York Times has hailed Rabinovich's Haydn performances as ‘admirable interpretations, performed with a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity’.
Born in Tashkent, Rabinovich took his first piano lessons from his parents, before immigrating to
Israel with his family in 1994, where he continued his piano studies with Arie Vardi. He went on to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin, and earned his Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.
Dubbed ‘a true polymath, in the Renaissance sense of the word’ (Seen & Heard International, 2016), Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist. He often includes his own compositions in his recital programmes. His first recording, of transcriptions of ballet music by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for Orchid Classics (ORC100028), including his own transcriptions and artwork, received critical acclaim.