Sam Rotman, world-renowned concert pianist, will return to present a program of classical music on June 28 at 4 p.m. at One in Christ Church, 2080 S. 260, Cottonwood, across from the fire station.
When Sam Rotman made his debut at the age of 16 with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 6,000 the Baldwin Keynote Magazine wrote, "Sam Rotman is a pianist with abundant potential."
Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in N.Y.C While a student, he was the recipient of nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships, and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. The most prestigious award was that of Laureate Winner in the fourth International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria. In 1978, Rotman participated in the sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. He has given over 1900 performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Southeast Asia, India, China, Russia, and South Africa totaling 57 countries.
Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven. Beginning with a series of all Beethoven concerts in 1970 (the Beethoven bicentennial), he was presented on Public Broadcast System in a special Beethoven concert. Rotman continues to perform the works of Beethoven in recital and with orchestra.
Rotman has served on the jury of international piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. For almost 20 years he was director of the Piano Department and served as Executive Director of the D'Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College for ten years.
Rotman has released four recordings:
*Portrait of a Piano with the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff;
*Impressions: Piano Portraits of Claude Debussy;
*Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with Piano works by Rachmaninoff, and
*Piano Music by Beethoven.
A video entitled Sam Rotman, Concert Pianist: The Music and Testimony of a Jew for Jesus has also been produced. His testimony has dramatized for radio by Unshackled and is also available.
Reviewers in the United States, Sweden, and France have noted the following about Rotman's performance:
"Mr. Rotman is a pianist of no small talent. He possesses a thoroughly prepared technique. He is a mature and thoughtful interpreter and his playing is convincing and alive. He enjoys his work and is able to communicate his ideas and his enthusiasm to his audience. His playing was profound, expressive, dynamic and exciting."
Rotman's interpretation of the Beethoven "Pathetique" Sonata left you with nothing more to wish for as far as getting close to the composer's dramatic way of gaining his listeners. All of the many details of this music were being expressed. Every piece was played with the same brilliance."
"Pianist Sam Rotman gave a magnificent recital in Albert Camus Hall. Throughout the recital he demonstrated not only an exceptional virtuosity but also a beautiful clarity in playing, never letting a theme be drowned in the context."