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Audiences worldwide, across five continents - North America, Europe, Asia,
South America and Africa - recognize the pianism of Daniel Pollack for its
signature colors in sound, coupled with over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity,
giving his performances an electrifying element that catches the imagination of
concert goers. Worldwide critics speak about "his astonishing pianism",
Washington Post, and "his dramatic tension, poignant lyricism," Diapason
Magazine, Paris, France and "his torrents of sound that turned feathery flurries
of delicate sounds," Los Angeles Times.
Pollack was recently featured in a profile by the New York Times headlined "Piano
Man, Winning Russian Hearts and Minds" in which it was quoted by a recording
executive "he is now a legend in Russia." Another profile featured in the
International Herald Tribune, headlined, "A Musical 'love affair' with Russia.
Highlights from appearances as soloist with orchestras worldwide include with
conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia,
as part of the White Nights Festival; with conductor Yuri Simonov and the Moscow
State Philharmonic; as well as soloist with London's Royal Philharmonic, Seoul
Philharmonic, Korea, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of
Bogota, Colombia, among others. In the U.S. concert appearances include, as
soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore
Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, among numerous others.
Pollack has performed solo recitals in the major music centers of the world
including London's Royal Festival Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's
Concertgebouw, Buenos Aires' Teatro Colon, Seoul's Arts Center, Tel Aviv's
University Concert Series, Moscow's Conservatory Great Hall, New York's Carnegie
Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Los Angeles' Music Center.
Pollack is much in demand on international competition juries. He has
participated several times on the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in
Moscow as well as on the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in
Brussels; Vladimir Horowitz, Kiev, Ukraine; Leeds, England; Maria Callas,
Athens, Greece; Jose Iturbi, Los Angeles, California; Hamamatsu and Sonoda
Competitions in Japan; UNISA in Pretoria, South Africa; Anton Rubinstein,
Dresden, Germany; Prokofiev, St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Rachmaninoff in
Moscow, among others.
His most recent CD, entitled "COLORS", with major works from Schumann and Liszt
has received international critical acclaim… "the great Schumann Fantasy is
played with sweep and passion… (Pollack) plays all three sections with all the
emotion, imagination and color necessary to make it sound like a disciplined yet
grand improvisation," and "Liszt's two blockbusters (the Mephisto Waltz,
Funerailles) add additional incentives to acquire this outstanding recording,"
wrote Alan Becker, American Record.
Among other international releases are Pollack's Grammy-nominated CD for Naxos,
the complete solo piano works of Samuel Barber, which was heralded as
"prodigious pianism of fiery energy, dynamic articulation and elan," Repertoire
Magazine, Paris, France. Other CDs include an all-Chopin recital recorded in the
Great Hall of the Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia, released by Sony as
well as two CDs of popular short romantic works for Four Winds.
Pollack first garnered the music world's attention when he became a prizewinner
in the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Following, he
concertized throughout the former Soviet Union and became the first American to
record there for the Melodya label, records that sold in the millions throughout
the former Soviet Union over several decades and continue to be on the market in
Russia today. Many of these recordings were re-issued worldwide under several
different labels, most recently on Cambria, distributed worldwide, entitled,
"The Legendary Moscow Recitals" recordings of Pollack's early years.
Pollack has held several visiting artist faculty positions including The
Juilliard School, Columbia University and Yale's School of Music. Pollack is
currently on the faculty at the Thornton School of Music, of the University of
Southern California, Los Angeles.
Pollack began his studies at the age of four with the renowned prodigy teacher
Mme. Ethel Leginska and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age
of nine, performing the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1. He is a graduate of the
Juilliard School from the class of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne, herself a
graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. Pollack continued his graduate studies at
the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna under a Fulbright scholarship with Bruno
Seidlhofer, at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy with Guido Agosti and was
awarded a Prix de Positano, Italy for a special Beethoven Master Class with the
late Wilhelm Kempff.
Daniel Pollack's cutting edge web site www.danielpollack.com, in which he can be
seen and heard in a live concert from Moscow's Great Hall, has been a favorite
of classical musicians worldwide, achieving a record number of visitors annually
and winning the prestigious Informative Music Site Award.