Mikhaïl Rudy

French pianist of Russian origin (Tashkent, 1953 - )

French pianist of Russian origin, Mikhaïl Rudy is endowed with a great artistic curiosity that leads him to explore different art forms and to carry out numerous musical projects.

Born in Russia, Mikhail Rudy studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he studied with pianist and professor Jacob Flier. He won the First Grand Prize of the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris in 1975. Shortly afterwards, during his first tour, he applied for political asylum in France. He made his debut in the West with Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovitch and Isaac Stern on the occasion of Marc Chagall’s 90th birthday, a painter whom he remained close to in his last years.

Since then, his collaborations have reflected his international soloist status: American debut in Cleveland with Lorin Maazel and in London with the London Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas; he also performed at the Salzburg Easter Festival with Herbert von Karajan and at the Berlin Waldbühne with the Berlin Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons.

In Paris, he performed under the direction of Paul Paray and with various French orchestras. In 1989, he returned to his native Russia and collaborated with the greatest Russian artists and orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with which he toured internationally.

Mikhaïl Rudy regularly performs all over the world and, for the past few years, has been giving an annual recital in Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Cité de la musique) and London (Kings Place and Wigmore Hall). He is regularly invited to major international festivals.

Five landmark date in the life of Mikhail Rudy:

2004: The album "Double Dream" recorded in duo with jazz pianist Misha Alperin was awarded by Gramophone magazine.
2005: Wrote a text and music adaptation of Wladyslaw Szpilman's book "The Pianist" which was given at the Paris Théâtre Opéra Pépinière for four months and then at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.
2008: Wrote his first book The Novel of a Pianist published by Editions du Rocher.
2010: Performed at the Cité de la Musique in Paris Mussorgsky’s The Pictures at an Exhibition. The work was accompanied by the animated projection of Kandinsky's preparatory drawings for a scenic version of Mussorgsky’s work presented at the Bauhaus in 1928.
2012: Invited by the "Wimbledon International Music Festival" to perform the entire Petrushka ballet with simultaneous screening of Anthony Wilkinson's film.