Roman Rabinovich, piano
Union College


Sunday, April 10, 2022 - 3:00 PM

This Uzbeki-born, Israeli-raised pianist astounded our audience in his 2019 debut. The NY Times says he performs ‘with uncommon sensitivity and feeling.’ We’re pleased to welcome him back in a program of classics culminating with Bach’s keyboard masterwork.


Schubert: G-flat major Impromptu, D. 899, No. 3
Schubert: F-minor Impromptu, D. 935, No. 4
Chopin: Études, Op. 10
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Union College
Memorial Chapel
Schenectady, NY

General Admission seating – doors open 45 minutes before concert.
All kids and college students admitted free at door.

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The eloquent Israeli-US pianist Roman Rabinovich has been highly lauded by The New York Times, BBC Music Magazine, the San Francisco Classical Voice and others. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Terrace Theater of Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Rabinovich has participated in festivals including Marlboro, Lucerne, Davos, Prague Spring, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. An avid chamber musician, he is also a regular guest at ChamberFest Cleveland.

Rabinovich has earned critical praise for his explorations of the piano music of Haydn. At the 2018 Bath Festival, he presented a 10-recital 42-sonata series, earning praise in The Sunday Times. Prior to that, in 2016 as artist in Residence at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland, he performed 25 Haydn sonatas in 5 days, and over two seasons, in 2016 and 2017, he performed all Haydn’s sonatas in Tel Aviv.

During the pandemic Rabinovich and his wife violinist Diana Cohen have been playing free weekly concerts outside their front yard.

Dubbed “a true polymath, in the Renaissance sense of the word” (Seen & Heard International, 2016), Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist.

Rabinovich’s 2020-21 highlights include Berg Kammerkonzert with violinist Kolja Blacher and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, solo recital tours in UK and US, including three-concert Haydn Day in Wigmore Hall, debut at Lofoten Piano Festival. This season he appears in duo recitals with violinists Kristof Borati, Benjamin Beilman, cellist Camille Thomas, pianist Zoltán Fejérvári and chamber music with Escher and Dover Quartets.

Rabinovich’s orchestral appearances include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington, Meiningen Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the NFM Leopoldinum and Szczecin Philharmonic in Europe, and the Seattle Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, the Sinfonia Boca Raton and James Judd in the US.

Solo recital appearances include International Piano Series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ruhr Piano Festival, Liszt Academy, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Walter Reade Theatre, the Houston Society for the Performing Arts, the Washington Performing Arts Society, Vancouver Recital Society, Chopin Society in St Paul, MN, the Janáček May International Music Festival and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. As a chamber musician Rabinovich appeared with violinist Liza Ferschtman in, among others, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and the BeethovenHaus Bonn.

Roman Rabinovich made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 10. He was a top prizewinner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2008, while in 2015, he was selected by Sir András Schiff as one of three pianists for the inaugural “Building Bridges” series, created to highlight young pianists of unusual promise. Born in Tashkent, Rabinovich immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994. He now resides in Canada with his wife violinist Diana Cohen and daughter Noa.