Rustem Hayroudinoff

The sensationally gifted Russian pianist, RUSTEM HAYROUDINOFF will appear on January 25th.  As Liszt wrote, a true virtuoso creates music “…where everything is allowed to weep and sing and sigh.”  This is the quality that is most evocative and affecting in Rustem’s art.

I’m quite mad for Rachmaninoff and love the Preludes. So when New York’s American Record Guide reviewed Rustem’s recording (Jan/2004) and wrote:  ”This is one of the most rewarding and exciting new piano releases I have heard,” I knew we had to hear him live in Winnipeg. The reviewer went on to describe how the recording “…is like a book that one cannot put down. Even Rachmaninoff’s ubiquitous C-sharp minor Prelude proves to be the most beautiful account of this hackneyed piece imaginable.”

While there are several outstanding recordings of the Preludes, the reviewer noted that “… the best is Richter’s, Rustem’s is a close second…although in several of the Preludes, I think he surpasses Richter.”

Not just one person’s opinion. Classic FM Magazine wrote that Hayroudinoff’s playing  “.…connects the listener with the composer himself.”

His father played the cello and studied with Rostropovich, but Rustem says his father always loved the piano even more than the cello and wanted his children to be pianists.

When asked about his most remarkable concert experience, Rustem said: “When I played Rachmaninoff’s 3rd concerto for my Dad’s 80th birthday – I knew it made at least one person really happy.”

Saturday night’s program will include: Bach Overture in the French Style, BWV 831,  Rachmaninoff, Preludes Op. 23, Nos. 4, 5, 6, and 7 and more.

Virtuosi Concerts would like to thank The Asper Foundation for their support of this concert.

Listen to Rustem Hayroudinoff on youtube playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 1

See you soon,