World renowned American concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky will be performing in Parkes as part of his 20th concert tour in Australia.
The Parkes Shire Concert Band, supported by Parkes Shire Council, has been instrumental in arranging Mr Rudnytsky’s visit.
While in Parkes Mr Rudnytsky will perform a Sunday afternoon concert, host workshops with the band and Lachlan Regional Orchestra members, and dazzle and inspire Middleton Public School students with a performance on Monday, July 24.
Born in New York into a prominent Ukrainian musical family, Roman Rudnytsky started the study of piano at age four and gave his first recital at age seven.
He now plays all over the world.
In 2016 he performed in the UK, USA, several Pacific Islands including Guam and Saipan, New Zealand, and on five P&O and Cunard cruises.
Every two years he visits Australia and performs in venues as diverse as the Sydney Opera House to halls in many smaller country and outback towns.
Members of the Parkes Shire Concert Band are looking forward to his visit.
“The opportunity to learn from, and play with, an international renowned musician is not a regular event for members of the Parkes Shire Concert Band,” band president Rhonda Redenbach said.
“We are looking forward to performing with him at the concert.”
The concert is being held at the Parkes Services Club on Sunday, July 23 at 2pm.
Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the door.
The performance, arranged by PSCB Musical Director Duncan Clement, will include the final, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor 1st Movement with the Parkes Shire Concert Band and the Lachlan Community Orchestra.
A great afternoon of music is planned.
Roman Rudnytsky bio
Roman Rudnytsky is an American concert Pianist of Ukrainian background whose performances take him all over the world.
A graduate of the famous Juilliard School in New York, he has as of 2017 played in about 100 countries.
Born in New York a family of professional musicians, Roman Rudnytsky started the study of piano at age four and gave his first recital at age seven.
He is prizewinner of 10 national and international piano competitions, including second prize in the International Leventritt Competition in New York – at the time, the most prestigious international competition for piano and violin in the USA.
He has been soloist with many orchestras around the world, playing with them over 45 different works for piano and orchestra.
He has also played many concerts in over 35 countries of P&O and Cunard ships to and from the UK.
His most recent performances (early 2017) were in the UK, the island of Saipan, Alaska, and elsewhere in the USA.
Mr Rudnytsky has come to Australia for concert tours every two years since 1979 and has played about 600 concerts there in that time – more than in any other country he has travelled to.
These have ranged from the Sydney Opera House to many small country and outback towns in every state and in the NT – for many local arts councils, at many regional performing arts center, at universities, and as soloist with several orchestras.
Mr Rudnytsky gave the Australian premiere performance in 1993 of the then-recently-discovered Liszt Concerto NO. 3 in E Flat for piano and orchestra as soloist with the SBS Youth Orchestra in the Sydney Town Hall.
The SBS broadcast this concert through its TV network as part of its documentary on this concerto, called “Discovering Liszt”.
He also served twice as Artist-in-Residence twice at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Music and once at the University of Wollongong School of Creative Arts.
Roman Rudnytsky is also currently “Professor Emeritus” of the Dana School of music of Youngstown (Ohio) State University, where he served on the piano and music faculty for 39 years.