pianist Stephen Prutsman has been hailed for his beautiful
musicality, glittering virtuosity, and an approach that
is highly individual - qualities which have led the classical
music world to consider him among the leading pianists of
Mr. Prutsman's style reveals its heritage in the great Artur Schnabel lineage. He was born in California, and at age twelve was accepted as a student by Aube Tzerko (a former protégé and assistant of Schnabel). He later attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with Leon Fleisher.
In 1990, Prutsman was a medallist and audience favorite at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, where he received special awards for his performances of Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. The following year brought the prescient Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium.
Stephen Prutsman performs
in recital and with major orchestras throughout the U S.,
Europe, Asia and Latin America. Previous and upcoming orchestra
engagements include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore,
Minnesota, Milwaukee, Detroit, Colorado, Seattle, Houston,
Pacific, and Louisiana symphony orchestras, the Flanders
Philharmonic, the Prague Radio Symphony, and in Germany
the Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen and the State Theatre
Orchestra of Mainz.
As a recitalist, he has performed
in major venues throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
He has also performed in New York City and Washington, D.C;
Amsterdam, Holland; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Vienna,
Austria, and Tokyo, Japan.
A much sought-after chamber
musician and collaborator, Prutsman is a frequent guest
at the Marlboro Music Festival and Spoleto USA, and has
performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Stephen Prutsman's long-standing
commitment to creating new musical environments outside
the major cultural centers has been reflected in his past
work as Artistic Consultant to the American Pianists Association
(of which he is a former fellow), the formation of "A
Festival of Music" on the island of Guam, and the co-founding
in 1991 of an International Chamber Music Festival in El
Paso, Texas, where he currently serves as Festival Director.
Mr. Prutsman frequently accompanies
internationally-acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw at major concert
venues and a recent Presidential State Dinner in the U.S.
with President Bush and President Fox of Mexico. He has
also recently turned to composition and his arrangements
have been performed and recorded by the Kronos Quartet.
His composition Dramatis Personae for clarinet and string
quartet won the International Clarinet Association Composition
Contest out of 88 entries from 18 countries. He is also
currently a member of the Nobilis Piano Trio ensemble.
"Mr. Prutsman (BR113)
plays Rachmaninov and Scriabin with both technical aplomb
and poetic insight, drawing out those musical lines that
are most important, pausing where it counts, coloring and
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"This CD showcases a rare
talent, indeed—a talent you’re not likely ever to forget.
Prutsman captures the brilliance, the melancholy, the color,
and the virtuosity of the Op. 39 pieces better than anyone
I’ve heard in them before. His tone is subtle and rich,
his dynamics wide ranging, his technique superb, his tempos
well judged, and his interpretations, while not revelatory,
are always intelligent and tasteful..."
Classical Net, CD Reviews
"His (Prutsman) phrasing, while arched, elastic, and sinuous, never stretches phrases out of all proportion and beyond recognition. Indeed, he takes every opportunity to draw in the reins, cracking the whip over each of these noble, compositional steeds."
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