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 Russia’s Ivan Besonov and France’s 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.
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.
Ivan Bessonov was born in 2002. He began to study the piano at the age of 6. He is currently a student of the Moscow Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (Vadim Rudenko’s class). He presented his recital at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016; he went on to perform with the Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.
Rach Fest is generously underwritten by Nader and Oraib Kabbani through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artist Circle.