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With rich detail of color and gesture and an enormous sophistication of line and form, Stanislav Ioudenitch won the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2001. He was also the recipient of a Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music for his semifinal round collaboration with the renowned Takács Quartet. In addition to these significant prizes, he was awarded two years of international concert engagements and career management, as well as a compact disc recording of his award-winning Cliburn Competition recital performances for the harmonia mundi label.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Mr. Ioudenitch has grown into one of the music world’s most promising young artists, already exhibiting a strong individuality and musical conviction that sets him apart from other artists of his generation. He has netted top prizes at the Busoni, Kapell, and Maria Callas Competitions, among others. He has performed in Germany, England, Finland, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United States, as well as throughout the former Soviet Republics, including appearances with the Munich Philharmonic; the Philharmonie der Nationen; and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
His first performances as a Cliburn gold medalist included a recital debut at the Aspen Music Festival and a European tour, highlighted by appearances at several
summer festivals in France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. During the 2001-2002 concert season, he performed orchestral engagements with the Kansas City
Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Santo Domingo Symphony Orchestras and appeared in recital in Charlotte; Fort Worth; New Orleans; Philadelphia; San Antonio; Seattle; Stanford; Washington, D.C.; and West Palm Beach, among other U.S. cities.
In April 2003, he performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, culminating a northeast tour with this orchestra. This event capped a season which also featured recitals in Beijing, Boston, London, Louisville, Milwaukee, Milan, San Juan, and Paris. He also performed with the California Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. In the 2003-2004 season, Mr. Ioudenitch looks forward to orchestral performances in Columbus, Denver, Honolulu, Milan, Istanbul (Turkey), and Cape Town (South Africa), as well as returning to New York for a recital debut as part of Carnegie’s inaugural season at Zankel Hall on April 30, 2004.
Mr. Ioudenitch was featured in Playing on the Edge, the Peabody Award-winning documentary about the Eleventh Van Cliburn Competition which has aired on PBS stations across the United States. His final round Cliburn Competition performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro James Conlon are showcased in the PBS series Concerto.
A former student of Dmitri Bashkirov, with whom he studied at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, he also attended the prestigious International Piano Foundation Theo Lieven in Cadenabbia, Italy for two years, working with Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Murray Perahia, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Fou Ts’ong, and Rosalyn Tureck. He has also studied with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Robert Weirich at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. In November 2002, Mr. Ioudenitch was the youngest teacher ever invited to give master classes at the International Piano Foundation and Academy Theo Lieven. He now teaches piano at Park University in Missouri.
Critical Acclaim for Stanislav Ioudenitch
“A musician of aristocratic elegance and imagination, he makes everything fresh, finding revelatory facets and emotional dimensions without ever imposing anything foreign.”
--Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
“Ioudenitch announced himself as a musician of originality and imagination.”
--David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“He searched deeply into Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467 (a.k.a. the "Elvira Madigan" concerto), shaping every phrase fluidly and poetically with a light, crisp yet never brittle touch. Nothing was blurred or precious, and his playing, even at its gentlest, had an understated rhythmic spine.”
--Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times
“Everything is marked by a laserlike clarity and cleanness. His command of octaves, passagework, trills, repeated notes—the whole arsenal of virtuoso fireworks—is complete. And this technical accomplishment is entirely at the service of a probing musical intellect.”
--Ellen Pfeifer, The Boston Globe
“The world will continue to watch Ioudenitch with tremendous interest. He possesses much of the disciplined extravagance and genuine artistic maturity that traditionally sets great artists apart from simply brilliant ones.”
--Paul Horsley, Kansas City Star
a young man whose playing is consistently interesting and whose interpretations are fresh, thought-through, intelligent and musical while faithful to the composers’ intent.”
--Philippa Kiraly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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