With their unforgettable melodies and astonishing technical feats, Rachmaninov’s piano concertos are the ultimate vehicles for artistry and virtuosity. This two-night festival lets you trace the evolution of an iconoclastic composer while discovering new stars from around the world, including Albert Cano Smit and Rémi Geniet. Rachmaninov was a staggeringly talented teenager himself when he made his public debut as a composer and performer.
In April 2018 Ryan Bancroft won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the prestigious Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. His conducting, without a baton, impressed the jury, players and audience alike and drew high praise for its natural fluidity, intense focus and the beautiful shaping of the music.
Spanish/Dutch pianist Albert Cano Smit won First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Mr. Cano Smit currently studies with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School. Previous teachers include Ory Shihor, Graham Caskie and Marta Karbownicka. He has benefited from extensive artistic advice by YCA alumni Richard Goode and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, with whom he gave four-hand performances at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and Wallis Annenberg Center Hall in Beverly Hills. Mr. Cano Smit is an alumnus of the Verbier Festival Academy.
Laureate of numerous international competitions, notably the second prize-winner at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition at the age of twenty and the youngest prize-winner of the Bonn International Beethoven Competition, Rémi Geniet is quickly establishing himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. In 2015 he was awarded ﬁrst prize at the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.
Rach Fest is generously underwritten by Nader and Oraib Kabbani through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artist Circle.