Friday, January 13, 2012
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
“Rachmaninoff asks everything of his pianist: a steely rhythmic sense, coruscating virtuosity, spiritual depth and introspection . . . Rustem Hayroudinoff marshals all these qualities”—BBC Radio 3. Sensationally gifted, Russian pianist Hayroudinoff performs Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Sonata on his Middlebury program.Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.
Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6
http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).
Residency activities associated with this performance are made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011, which supports opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students' experience in the performing arts.
BACH Partita No. 2
MOZART Sonata in D major, KV 576
LISZT Étude d'exécution transcendante No. 10 in F minor
LISZT Grande Etude de Paganini “La Campanella”
RACHMANINOFF Sonata No. 1 in D minor
Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano
Described by London’s Classic FM Magazine as a “sensationally gifted” musician of “stunning artistry”, Rustem Hayroudinoff graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Lev Naumov, and received his postgraduate degree (DipRAM) at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton.
On hearing his performance, Lazar Berman praised him as “a serious artist and master, whose emergence in today’s atmosphere of pseudo-artistic and shallow music-making is specially valuable and welcome”.
His performances have been broadcast on most major classical radio stations around the world. He has recorded for NAMI Records (Japan), Decca and Chandos. His recordings of Shostakovich’s Theatre Music and the Dvorak Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic were greeted with universal acclaim, garnering praise such as “dazzling and… electrically compelling” (Gramophone) and “utterly magical” (Classic FM) and were selected amongst the Best CDs of the Year by BBC Music and the Gramophone magazines respectively. His CD of the Rachmaninoff Complete Preludes was selected by Classic FM Magazine as a part of the ‘four discs essential Rachmaninoff collection’, alongside the recordings by Arthur Rubinstein and Andre Previn, and the recording of the Complete Etudes-Tableaux by Rachmaninoff became the Instrumental Choice of the Month with the BBC Music Magazine and was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Best Instrumental CD of the Year 2008 Award. It was also selected as the "finest version of these pieces" on BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library.
Rustem Hayroudinoff has performed to great critical acclaim in Japan, his native Russia and Europe. In the UK he has appeared in major concert venues including St John’s Smith Square, the Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Wigmore Hall. In 2010-2011 he made a recital debut in New York, performed Beethoven’s Emperor with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Marin Alsop, went on a tour of the UK with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performing the Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto and gave solo recitals in the UK, Canada, USA and France. The 2011-12 season will include performances of the Dvorak Piano Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, recitals in the USA, Mexico and UK and chamber music series with the principles of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK and Germany.
Amongst the other orchestras Hayroudinoff has performed with are the Osaka Century Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the Sofia Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony and the London Philharmonic. After his debut with the latter in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto The Independent wrote: “The piano soloist was a sensationally gifted pianist from Russia Rustem Hayroudinoff. What a performance this was, demonstrating the emotional range of this wonderful work, full of mercurial brilliance, impassioned melody and breathtaking virtuosity.”
He has recently appeared in the documentary “The Unknown Shostakovich” alongside Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev and Maxim Shostakovich.
Rustem Hayroudinoff is a Professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
“Rachmaninoff asks everything of his pianist: a steely rhythmic sense, coruscating virtuosity, spiritual depth and introspection. Tartar-born Rustem Hayroudinoff marshals all these qualities. His classically contained but never underpowered approach is likely to have delighted the composer-pianist and it comes closest to Sviatoslav Richter…”--BBC Radio 3 Building a Library Choice, July 2008
“These forthright, beautifully weighted performances keep the emotion in check but never at bay. With Hayroudinoff's playing equal even to the greatness of Richter, Op. 39 No. 7 emerges as one of Rachmaninov's greatest creations in a drama of life and death.”--BBC Music Magazine Best Instrumental CD of the Year Nomination 2008
“The piano soloist was a sensationally gifted pianist from Russia, Rustem Hayroudinoff, in Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto. What a performance this was, demonstrating the emotional range of this wonderful work, full of mercurial brilliance, impassioned melody and breathtaking virtuosity.”--The Independent, January 2007
“Rustem Hayroudinoff plays these extraordinary miniatures with sensational aplomb, transforming some of the most note-spattered pages in the piano repertoire into sublime poetics. My piano record of the year so far.”--Classic FM Magazine (London), February 2007