Stephen Prutsman

American 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 his generation.

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 phrasing enchantingly."
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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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