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Kandinsky comes to life in Oct. 19 performance by Mikhail Rudy

September 28, 2011

mikhail-rudy-with-kandinsky-imageThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a multimedia performance by the internationally renowned pianist Mikhail Rudy on Wednesday, October 19 at 8 pm. The Russian-born artist will perform music by three composers from his home country: Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Musorgsky. The recital will take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Musorgsky’s most popular piece, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” will take on new life with colorful animations. In 1928, the artist Wassily Kandinsky created a stage production for Musorgsky’s music. Mikhail Rudy, an experimental filmmaker as well as a musician, has created a video that animates Kandinsky’s sketches and watercolors for that production. The video will be projected on the giant screen behind the piano.

Mikhail Rudy will begin the program with Alexander Scriabin’s last piano works: “Poeme Vers la flamme,” Op. 72; Two Dances, Op. 73; and Five Preludes, Op. 74. He will then play a suite from Stravinsky’s ballet “Petrushka,” in his own arrangement of Stravinsky’s piano transcriptions. “The superhuman virtuosity he exhibited made [this arrangement] far and away the musical highlight of the night,” raved the Post-Gazette.

Rudy has earned critical acclaim for his creative and expressive powers. “So consistently thought out and so brilliantly executed an interpretation,” praised the Vancouver Sun; “This is playing of the highest order of imagination,” wrote Gramophone.

The 2011–2012 Horowitz Piano Series traverses a broad path through the core of the piano repertoire, with star performers such as Yefim Bronfman, artists from the Yale School of Music’s faculty, and back-to-back recitals exploring the complete Prokofiev sonatas. Boris Berman is the artistic director of the series. More information on this season can be found HERE.

Tickets to Mikhail Rudy’s performance on October 19 are $12–$22, $6 with student ID. Pick 5 and Pick 3 sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20% from regular ticket prices. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


Mikhail Rudy’s distinguished musical career is linked with his search for excellence across art and culture. In addition to his active performing schedule, Mr. Rudy founded the Festival de St. Riquier, where he was the artistic director for twenty years. He is also a respected television broadcaster, the creator of a series of radio projects for France-Musique, and an active experimental filmmaker and writer. Mikhail Rudy has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra under Maazel, the London Symphony Orchestra under Tilson Thomas, the Philadelphia Orchestra, La Scala, Royal Concertgebouw, and the symphonies of Boston, Houston, Toronto, and Sydney, among many others. Festival appearances include Berlin, Vienna, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, and numerous French festivals. His highly acclaimed recordings on EMI include Rachmaninov’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Brahms’s complete solo piano works; and music of Janácek, Szymanowski, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt and Scriabin. An artistic project titled Double Dream, conceived by Mikhail Rudy and jazz pianist Misha Alperin, consists of partial rewrites of and improvisations on works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Janácek, and Scriabin. The CD, released in 2004 on EMI Classics, was named Gramophone’s Best Record of the Month.