Alexei Tartakovsky piano

November 10, 2021

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) – Passionale (2003) (5’) 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80 (1806) (12’) 

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) – Three Movements from Petrushka (1921) (17’) 

I. Danse Russe (Russian Dance)

II. Chez Petrouchka (Petrushka’s Room)

III. La semaine grasse (The Shrovetide Fair)

Called a “fantastic musician and pianist” by Martha Argerich and “truly exceptional…superb playing…a thoughtful and serious musician” by the New York Concert Review, Russian-American pianist Alexei Tartakovsky is one of the most promising young virtuoso talents of his generation. His tonal palette, profound musicianship, superb technique and exciting artistic approach have thrilled audiences worldwide.

He first brought attention to his artistry by winning three top prizes in a one year span (2006-2007) at the Rolf and Brigitte Gardey International Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, The New York Piano Competition, and the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) in New York, which resulted in his performing at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall).

Immediately after, he became a laureate of the James Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester (UK) and received 1st prize at the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, which he won with unanimous decision by the judges, who called him a “phenomenal, first rate pianist” and “a monumental talent”.  Additional prizes include 1st prize at the New York Concert Artists International Competition in 2011.  In 2012, he swept all three prizes at the San Jose International Competition: 1st Prize, Audience Prize, and prize for the best performance of a Russian work.

Since then, he has given concerts both solo and with orchestra in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Europe, China, and Japan at halls that include the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, and Carnegie Hall.  His playing has been broadcast on Dutch Radio 4, Polish Radio 2, Russian Radio Orpheus, and New York’s WQXR.  Among the orchestras Tartakovsky has performed with are the Jacksonville Symphony, the North Czech Philharmonic, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Voronezh Concert Hall (Russia).  Conductors Tartakovsky has collaborated with include Gerard Schwarz, Fabio Mechetti, Nurhan Arman, Maurice Peress, Yuri Androsov, and Clark Rundell.

A highlight of his career was his outstanding performance at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, where he was a semifinalist.  In 2016, Tartakovsky was awarded the French Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Among the musicians he has studied with are Matti Raekallio, Nina Lelchuk, Boris Slutsky, Boris Berman, and Horacio Gutierrez.  Tartakovsky completed his undergraduate studies at Juilliard and Queens College (CUNY), received his Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.  He is currently a doctoral candidate as a student of Richard Goode at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he was awarded the coveted Graduate Center Fellowship.

Tartakovsky teaches at Brooklyn College (CUNY).

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Don’t miss Kenny Broberg next week on the

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!

Wednesday November 17, 12:15pm

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