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Pianist Vladimir Rumyantsev

Presented by Sound Ways at First Church in Boston, Boston MA

Dec 17 2022
Pianist Vladimir Rumyantsev

Virtuoso pianist Vladimir Rumyantsev will make a rare Massachusetts recital appearance performing music by pianist-composers who transformed the solo repertoire.

The first half of the program features music by four eminent pianist-composers who established distinctive compositional styles and influential performance careers. In the opening piece, Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand by Alexander Scriabin, listeners will hear Chopin-like gestures revolutionized by a novel harmonic language. Then, the Islamey of Mily Balakirev delivers energetic rhythms and dramatic harmonies that evoke theatrical dancing. Four Preludes from Op. 23 by Rachmaninoff

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Vladimir Rumyantsev has performed at prestigious venues such as the Bolshoi Theater, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Moscow Philharmonic Hall. In New York, where he currently resides, he has appeared at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Frick Museum, to name a few. He has performed at festivals such as the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, and the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow. His triumphant performances of piano concerti by Shostakovich and Stravinsky brought him into active collaboration with the Mariinsky Ballet, with which he has performed numerous times.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Elena Sorokina and her late husband and longtime duo partner Alexander Bakhchiev revived the genre of piano duo in Russia, they established themselves as the leading piano duo, retaining their elite status for more than four decades. She holds a Doctor of Music History from the Moscow Conservatory and is the author of the book Piano Duet: History of the Genre, published in Russian by “Muzyka” Publishing House. From 1992-2011, she was head of the Russian Music History Department at the Moscow Conservatory, where, from 2001 through 2009, she also served as Vice-President for Research and Performing Arts. In 2016, she retired from her position as Professor of Music History and Chamber Music. Now living in New York, she often presents talks at leading American universities such as Cornell, Yale, and Princeton.

Sound Ways Inc. is a Boston non-profit organization established in 2015 for the advancement and support of exceptional classical musicians, especially those from former Soviet republics. For additional information, please email Maria Eliseeva, Executive Director of Sound Ways Inc. at The complete concert program for this event can be found at


First Church in Boston

66 Marlborough St., Boston, MA 02116


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