BGH $10 Classics: Daria Rabotkina

Daria Rabotkina, winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has been lauded as “…a pianist full of fire and warmth” (The Plain-Dealer).   Ms. Rabotkina’s burgeoning career has already led to solo appearances with the San Francisco and New World Symphonies under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas and with the Kirov Orchestra and Valery Gergiev in a four concert North American tour.  Whether in front of an orchestra, in the recital hall or in a chamber music setting, Ms. Rabotkina impresses audiences and critics alike with her “clearly prodigious musical gifts” (The Washington Post).

Current featured concerto performances include a return engagement with the Harrisburg Symphony (Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1) and debuts with Michigan’s Midland Symphony Orchestra Iowa’s Wartburg Symphony (both Schumann Concerto) and Texas’ Victoria Symphony (Grieg), and a special Gala performance with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue).

Ms. Rabotkina’s second solo CD, to be released in mid-2012 (CAG Records), features Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations   This follows her debut recital disc (also CAG Records), spotlighting the Tchaikovsky Grand Sonata and Prokofiev’s Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, which has garnered universal critical praise:  “Her fearless virtuosity makes the most of the exciting passages.” (American Record Guide). 

In addition to her October 2007 victory at the CAG Competition, Ms. Rabotkina has garnered competition prizes at the Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte in the Czech Republic, Tbilisi Competition in Georgia, Jacob Flier Piano Competition in New Paltz, Sendai Competition in Japan, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Jacksonville Competition in Florida and the Montreal International Musical Competition.  In March 2009, St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania awarded her the inaugural Bronder Prize for Piano, named for the founder of the school’s venerable concert series.

Daria Rabotkina was born in Kazan, Russia, in to a family of musicians and gave her first solo recital at the age of ten.  Her first musical steps were guided by her parents, Guzel Abdoullina and Sergei Rabotkin, both outstanding pianists, and Nora Kazachkova at the Special Music School in Kazan.

She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with Vladimir Feltsman and was coached by Leon Pommers, Pamela Frank, Todd Phillips, Timothy Eddy and Jacob Lateiner.  She has participated in master classes with Earl Wild, Edward Aldwell, Eteri Andjaparidze, Andras Schiff and Richard Goode.  Ms. Rabotkina has nearly completed a doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she is a “Liberace Scholar,” under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova.

You can see her perform as part of the Bennett Gordon Hall $10 Classics series at the festival on October 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. CST.