The Verde Valley Concert Association will present its fourth concert of the 2000-2001 season Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Mingus Union High School Auditorium. The featured performer will be Mr. Roman Rudnytsky.
Roman Rudnytsky is an internationally acclaimed American concert pianist of Ukrainian background. He has performed in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
In addition to concerts in musical centers, he often performs in countries and places away from the musical mainstream, bringing the pleasure of classical music to audiences who seldom experience live concerts and enhancing this with an informal style of presentation.
Mr. Rudnytsky was born in New York City into a prominent Ukrainian musical family. He began the study of piano at age four and gave his first recital at age seven. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York and he also studied with pianists Egon Petri, Wilhelm Kempff, Friedrich Wuhrer and Leon Fleisher.
Mr. Rudnytsky's musical talent extends beyond the piano; he is an accomplished player of the cello and clarinet.
Mr. Rudnytsky has won prizes in ten international piano competitions, including the International Leventritt Competition in New York and the International J.S. Bach Competition in Washington. He is Laureate of the international competitions "F. Busoni" and "A. Casagrande," both in Italy.
In addition to his recitals, Mr. Rudnytsky has performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the world, with a repertoire of more than forty piano concertos. He also has conducted master classes and workshops with local piano students and teachers in the course of his travels.
Mr. Rudnytsky has made record albums and compact disc recordings in the United States, Australia, and Poland, including a two-record album featuring the Liszt Twelve Transcendental Etudes.
He has also given concerts and master classes since 1984 in various countries under the auspices of the United States Information Service (U.S.I.S.). He has been a judge in music competitions and in January 1985, served as president of the first national piano competition held in Guatemala.
Since 1972, Mr. Rudnytsky is also a member of the piano faculty of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He is a recipient of that institution's "Distinguished Professor Award" in recognition of his concert activities. He previously served on the piano faculties of both the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory.
Mr. Rudnytsky has also served as Artist-in-Residence at universities in Australia.
In the upcoming concert Mr. Rudnytsky will play selections from Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Ravel, Guarnieri and Moszkowski.
In addition to the Saturday evening concert performance, Mr. Rudnytsky will spend five days prior in residency performing for audiences at both ends of the age spectrum. The residency program includes local schools and retirement homes. This is the second of two Verde Valley Concert Association residency programs provided this year.
The Rising Star portion of the program will be a performance by the Arc Dancers from Yes, The Arc in Cottonwood.