Winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Roman Rabonivich has performed throughout Europe and the USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris, and Millennium Stage at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Rabinovich was the first of three young pianists to be championed by András Schiff, who selected him for his Building Bridges series in Zurich’s Tonhalle, Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, and New York’s SubCulture.
Highlights of Rabinovich’s 2018-19 season included Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with Israel Symphony, Prokofiev No. 3 with Des Moines Symphony and Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. His recital engagements included debut appearances at Houston Society for the Performing Arts, The Philip Lorenz Memorial Piano Series, The Bender JCC of Greater Washington, and return appearances at Wigmore Hall and Cosmos Club.
Rabinovich began drawing at age 10 and since 2010 he has created art on his iPhone and iPad, which are much easier to transport when traveling internationally for concerts. A composer and visual artist as well, in 2016 he embarked upon the Haydn Project, encompassing recitals of Haydn’s complete keyboard sonatas at the Bath Festival in UK and partial cycles at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and ChamberFest Cleveland, presented with artwork inspired by Haydn.
Rabinovich released Volume 1 of the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas on First Hand Records in the fall of 2018. He recently recorded ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for the Orchid Classics label to critical acclaim.
He made his Israel Philharmonic debut under Zubin Mehta at just 10 years old, having immigrated to Israel a year before from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Rabinovich’s parents are piano teachers and his earliest lessons were with them before studying with Arie Vardi in Israel. He attended the Curtis Institute as a student of Seymour Lipkin and achieved his masters degree at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald.