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Mikhail RUDY, piano
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An artist of great creativity and charisma, Mikhail Rudy enthuses audiences worldwide with his profound musicality and his extraordinary virtuosity. He was born in Russia where he studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Jacob Flier. After winning First Prize at the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, he settled in France where he was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. It was apt recognition for a man whose pursuit of an outstanding musical career has always been inextricably linked with a search for excellence in many areas of art and culture. As a concert and recording pianist his honours are many: the Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français for his Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic/Jansons; the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of Szymanowski solo piano works; the Grand Prix Académie Charles Cros for his Scriabin cycle and the Grand Prix Liszt in Budapest for his recording of solo pieces by that composer; Der Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik Prize for his Shostakovich concerti with LPO and Berlin Philharmonic/Jansons.
It is significant that Rudy's concert debut in the West was a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich and Isaac Stern - composer and performers creating a synthesis of East and West which Rudy has himself always sustained in his programming and in the essence of his music making. The occasion was a celebration of the 90th birthday of Marc Chagall - a painter whom he had long admired and an event which gave Rudy the opportunity to be close to the painter in his last years.
Following invitations set the standard for what has become the highest level international career: an American debut with the Cleveland Orchestra/Maazel; an invitation to the Salzburg Easter Festival with Karajan; a London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra/Tilson Thomas and a performance of the Wanderer Fantasie with the Berlin Philharmonic/Jansons at Waldbühne. These are orchestras which continue to feature in Rudy's schedule, along with others including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Baltimore, St Louis, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma, La Scala di Milano, Maggio Musicale Firenze, RAI Torino, Tonhalle Zurich, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Residentie The Hague, Rotterdam, Munich Philharmonic, Hamburg NDR, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Köln Gurzenich, Köln WDR, Dresden Staatskappelle, Dresden Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Royal National Scottish Orchestra, NHK Tokyo, Yomiuri Symphony, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
Since his debut in Paris with Paul Paray, Rudy has regularly performed with all French orchestras where he remains one of the most popular artists. Rudy also goes frequently to his native Russia where he is an annual guest of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic as well as of the main Moscow Orchestras.Rudy appears at major festivals such as Berlin, Vienna, Tanglewood, Blossom, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Harrogate, Schleswig-Holstein, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carinthischer Sommer, Piano Ruhr Festival, Festival Pianistico Michelangeli di Brescia e Bergamo, Prague Spring and Autumn Festivals, Aix en Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron and most of the French festivals including Nohant, Colmar, Sully-sur-Loire and Strasbourg.