“[his] mature and self-assured playing belies his chronological age,.”

--San Francisco Classical Voice


Balazs Borocz


The eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich, a top prizewinner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2008 who has been highly lauded by The New York Times, the BBC Music Magazine, the San Francisco Classical Voice and others, has performed throughout Europe and the United States in such venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

During the 2017-18 season, Mr. Rabinovich will perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 with Symphony in C alongside Copland’s Appalachian Spring. He will then undertake more chamber music engagements, performing with the Ying Quartet at the Eastman School of Music and at the Howland Chamber Music Circle. Symphonia Boca Raton will feature Mr. Rabinovich’s unique sensitivity and dynamism in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto in February 2018. He will conclude the season with a solo recital with the Washington Performing Arts Society, featuring selections by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, as well as an original composition.

Highlights of the 2016-2017 season included Mr. Rabinovich’s “Haydn Project,” comprising the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas, which he performed at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and at the Tel Aviv Conservatory in Israel, as well as appearances at Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Ashland Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Janacek May Festival in the Czech Republic.
To date, Mr. Rabinovich has participated in such festivals as Marlboro, Lucerne, Davos, Prague Spring, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  An avid chamber musician, he performed the complete Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano with Liza Ferschtman last year. In May 2016, they will team up again for a chamber music marathon of Brahms in three consecutive concerts in Tel Aviv.
In 2014 distinguished pianist András Schiff chose Mr. Rabinovich for his “Building Bridges” series   created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise.  Under this aegis Mr. Rabinovich was presented at   New York’s SubCulture in March 2015 in a thoughtful selection of works by Bach, Brahms, Bartók, and Smetana that explore elements of dance and folk music in each of these composers.  Anthony Tommasini, senior music critic of The New York Times extolled Mr. Rabinovich’s performance of a Bach partita:

The challenge for a pianist is to convey the bouncy character of a dance while bringing clarity to the intricate contrapuntal lines, Mr. Rabinovich    did so beautifully.” Rabinovich, in an eighty-minute recital without a break, went on to perform Brahms’s formidable Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel: “Most pianists would choose this piece as a heroic and virtuosic conclusion to a recital. Mr. Rabinovich performed it with uncommon sensitivity and feeling for the elements of Baroque style and dance forms that inspired Brahms…As  this winning recital made clear, Mr. Schiff is a discerning judge of young pianists.
 — The New York Times, March 3, 2015

In 2014 Rabinovich toured the United States with the Haifa Symphony performing in 28 cities as soloist in Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3.

Mr. Rabinovich, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice) made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 10 and appeared again as soloist with the same forces in 1999 and 2003. He has been heard as soloist with all the Israeli orchestras, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Prague Symphony, Dohnányi Orchestra and many others. In 2017 Mr. Rabinovich will make debut appearances with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Calgary Philharmonic.

In 2013, Mr. Rabinovich recorded his own, very exciting solo piano arrangements of ballets —“Ballets Russes”: Ravel/Rabinovich Daphnis & Chloë, Stravinsky Petrushka; and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet. He was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award and given a four-star review by BBC Music Magazine:

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.’
BBC Music Magazine, August 2013

In April 2009, as part of his prize at the Rubinstein Competition, Mr. Rabinovich played a recital for the Mezzo channel in France, which was televised to 39 countries and to millions of viewers. In May 2008 Mr. Rabinovich replaced the eminent pianist Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994, where he studied with Arie Vardi. Mr. Rabinovich graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and obtained his Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald. A Steinway Artist, Mr. Rabinovich lives in New York City.  Mr. Rabinovich also excels as a gifted visual 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