Masterclass Pianists

Vladimir Feltsman (2016 Masterclass)

Mr. Feltsman is one of the most versatile and constantly interesting musicians of our time. Born in Moscow in 1952, Mr. Feltsman debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. In 1971, he won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris, followed by extensive touring throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1987, Mr. Feltsman was warmly greeted at the White House, where he performed his first recital in North America. That same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the American and international scenes.

Mr. Feltsman’s recent performances include the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Conlon, the Aspen Music Festival with Jane Glover, the Eastern Music Festival with Gerard Schwarz, and orchestral engagements including the Orquesta Filharmónica of the Teatro Colón (Argentina), the Orquesta de Sinfônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil), the Seattle Symphony the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (USA), and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov (Russia), among many others. He returned to Carnegie’s Stern Hall in March 2011, and performed recitals in 16 cities in the United States in three seasons.

Mr. Feltsman’s extensive discography has been released on the Melodiya, Sony Classical, Musical Heritage Society, and Nimbus labels. He currently holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and is a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

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Victor Rosenbaum (2016 Masterclass)

American pianist Victor Rosenbaum has performed widely as soloist and chamber music performer in the United States, Europe, Asia, Israel, and Russia in such prestigious halls as Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia and in such cities as New York, Chicago, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Vienna. He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Malcolm Lowe, and the Brentano and Cleveland String Quartets, among others. Festival appearances have included Tanglewood, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Kfar Blum and Tel Hai (in Israel), Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall (Blue Hill), Musicorda, Masters de Pontlevoy (France), the Heifetz Institute, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, the International Musik Seminar in Vienna, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

A faculty member at New England Conservatory since 1967, he is past Chair of both the Piano and Chamber Music departments. Rosenbaum also teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York and has given master classes at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School, the conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow, and such other institutions as the Menuhin School, the Toho School in Tokyo, Beijing Central Conservatory and the Jerusalem Music Center. He was Visiting Professor of Piano at the Eastman School, a guest teacher at Juilliard, and gives lectures, workshops, and master classes for teachers’ groups and schools both in the U. S. and abroad. During his tenure as Director and President of the Longy School of Music from 1985 to 2001, the school established an internationally known degree-granting Conservatory division and greatly expanded its community and performance programs.

A student of Elizabeth Brock and Martin Marks in his hometown of Indianapolis, Rosenbaum later studied with Rosina Lhevinne at the Aspen Festival and with Leonard Shure while earning degrees at Brandeis and Princeton Universities, where he studied theory and composition. His highly praised recording of Schubert is on Bridge Records and a recording of the last three Beethoven sonatas on the same label was named by American Record Guide critic Alan Becker as one of the top ten classical recordings of 2005. Three discs on the Fleur de Son label feature music of Schubert and a Mozart.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi (2014 Masterclass)

Antonio Pompa-Baldi has collaborated with leading conductors such as Hans Graf, James Conlon, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Keith Lockhart; Mr. Pompa-Baldi has performed with premier orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Paris-Radio France, National Orchestra of Ukraine, and Fort Worth Symphony.

Mr. Pompa-Baldi’s recording catalogue features an all-Brahms disc (Azica), and a recital from his Cliburn Competition performances (Harmonia Mundi). He has recorded 17 CDs for Centaur Records: the Josef Rheinberger Piano Sonatas; the entire piano output of Edward Grieg, in 12 volumes; an all-Rachmaninoff CD; an all-Schumann album; a live recital in Cleveland; and the first volume of the Hummel Piano Sonatas.

Mr. Pompa-Baldi was born and raised in Foggia, Italy. He won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999, which launched his career across five continents. He was a top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, and won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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