Mikhaïl Rudy N
“Rudy tops the list of pianists who tackle the Rachmaninov [Concerto No. 1]. In bold strokes through harrowing terrain, he took careful liberties in rubato phrasing, articulating brutal passage work incisively.”
Mikhail Rudy’s pursuit of a distinguished musical career has always been inextricably linked with a search for excellence in many areas of art and culture. It is significant that upon leaving Russia, Mr. Rudy’s concert debut in the West was a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich and Isaac Stern - composer and performers creating a synthesis of East and West which Mr. Rudy himself has perpetuated in his programming and in the essence of his music-making.
In addition to his active performing schedule, Mr. Rudy founded the Festival de St. Riquier in France where he was the Artistic Director for twenty years. He is also a respected television broadcaster (including participation in a BBC television documentary on the life and music of Tchaikovsky), creator of a series of radio projects for France-Musique illuminating the life and works of Scriabin, Brahms, Szymanowski and Janácek, and active in experimental video-filming and writing.
Invitations in the early 1980s set the standard for what has become a highest level international career: an American debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Maazel; an invitation to the Salzburg Festival with Karajan and a London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under Tilson Thomas. These orchestras continue to appear in Mikhail Rudy’s annual schedule. Other engagements include appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, all the major London orchestras, La Scala, Zurich Tonhalle, Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic, NDR/Hamburg, WDR/Cologne, Dresden Staatskapelle, Berlin Staatskapelle, Sydney Symphony, and the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, among others. Since his Paris debut in 1977, Mr. Rudy has been a regular soloist with all the important orchestras in France. He also frequently visits his native Russia, where he is a regular guest with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic as well as the principle orchestras in Moscow. Festival appearances include Berlin, Vienna, Tanglewood, Blossom, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and most of the major French festivals.
Mr. Rudy’s highly acclaimed recordings on EMI include Rachmaninov's complete works for piano and orchestra with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons; Brahms’s complete solo works for piano in a three disc set; Janácek solo works and orchestral works with the Paris Opera Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras; and solo works by Szymanowski, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt and Scriabin. Other releases include the Shostakovich concerti with the London Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons; Stravinsky's complete Petrouchka (transcription by Stravinsky/Rudy); original piano works and partly unpublished transcriptions by Richard Wagner; and most recently, a recording of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 and 24 Preludes on EMI.
A new artistic project titled Double Dream, conceived by Mikhail Rudy and renowned jazz pianist Misha Alperin, consists of partly rewritten and partly improvised compositions of works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Janácek and Scriabin. This program has already been performed before enthusiastic audiences in Norway, France and Germany. The CD, released in 2004 on EMI Classics received many distinctions including Gramophone’s “Best Record of the Month.”
Mr. Rudy has also written and performed, together with French actor Robin Renucci, a theatrical and musical play after Wladyslaw Szpilman’s book The Pianist. In 2005, the show ran in Paris for more than four months, receiving great acclaim from both audiences and critics. This was followed in 2006 by a tour of forty-five cities throughout France.