See and hear work by one of the world’s great artists when Pro Musica of Detroit presents pianist, composer and visual artist Roman Rabinovich to open its 93rd concert season on Friday. The recital performance begins Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
Roman Rabinovich is the first place winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Mr. Rabinovich programmed Friday’s concert expressly for Pro Musica of Detroit. Described as an “Homage to Picasso,” the Spanish-themed program includes works by Debussy, Gershwin, Granados, Satie, Stravinsky, Zipoli, and an original composition by Mr. Rabinovich, Capriccio: a Clown on a Bicycle.
With the intimate venue of the Cube, Pro Musica audience members are able to sit in cabaret style seating at tables that are in close proximity to the performer. During the program, artists are encouraged to speak directly to the audience about the works and composers they are performing. Afterwards, audience members enjoy the opportunity to mingle with the artists and other audience members at an afterglow reception.
The eloquent, young Israeli has performed throughout Europe and the USA in prestigious venues from Leipzig’s Gewandhaus to London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Millennium Stage at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Lauded as “a master of tone-color” by International Piano, Rabinovich was the first of three young pianists to be championed by András Schiff, who selected him for his Building Bridges series. Rabinovich made his Israel Philharmonic debut under Zubin Mehta at age 10. He received his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School, and has recorded the sonatas of Haydn and ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. A supporter of technology as a driver for art, Rabinovich frequently performs with an iPad in place of sheet music.