9/23 Max Rabinovitsj

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Max Rabinovitsj attended the Royal Brussels Conservatory of Music (Belgium) and is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music. He has been the concertmaster of the Ottawa (Ontario) Philharmonic, the New Orleans Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Nice (France) Orchestra and the Gulbenkian (Portugal) Orchestra. He was also Associate conductor of the Nice and Gulbenkian Orchestras. In Chamber Music, he participated at the Marlboro Music Festival for six years, found the St. Louis String Quartet, which was in residence at Washington University. In Europe, he founded the Trio da Vinci, which toured extensively on that continent. He was Director of Festivals in Entrecasteaux, France and in Sintra and Evora in Portugal.

Max debuted as a solo recitalist in New York City at Alice Tully Hall, in Lincoln Center, and performed the Bach Double concerto in Carnegie Hall with Isaac Stern. As a conductor, he became well known for his interpretations of the classical repertoire and his work with Youth Orchestras. He conducted great artists such as Rostropovich, Jaime Laredo, Gil Shaham, Viktoria Mullova, Maria Joao Pires, Davide Gueringas, Roger Pascal, Pierre Amoyal and many others. As soloist, Max has played under James Levine, Leon Fleisher, Max Rudolf, Thomas Mayer, Walter Susskind, Vladimir Goldschman, Jerzy Semkov, Lukas Foss, Claudio Scimone, Eleazar De Carvalho, Michel Tabachnik, and Philippe Bender.

Max has been a Professor at Washington University, the University of Texas and the University of Evora (Portugal). He has also taught at the Nice Conservatory (France) and Edgecliff Academy in Cincinnati. He is currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Mary. He met his wife, a harpist, when they were both students at The Curtis Institute of Music.

Martha Watson Violett is Emeritus Professor of Music and teaches piano and class piano. Before retiring in 2010 she was Chair of the Music Department at Western State College of Colorado and taught piano, music history, seminar in music research, and music courses in the general education liberal arts program.Martha Violett holds the Permanent Professional Certificate in Piano from the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association and the MTNA.

Dr. Violett holds the B.M.E. in Vocal Education from Illinois Wesleyan University with a performance major in piano and minors in voice and harpsichord. She received the M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Piano Performance and the D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where studies of piano and chamber music were with James Avery and John Simms. She was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for piano study with Carl Seemann at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg (West) Germany. She also studied musicology and piano at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Her doctoral dissertation, “The Solo Piano Music of Xavier Montsalvatge,” was inspired by a long-term interest in the music of Spain, especially of twentieth century composers. Research involved analysis and study of his compositions for piano and other genres and extensive communication with Montsalvatge, a well-respected and influential Catalonian composer living in Barcelona. She was invited by musician friends in Barcelona to present a recital of all his solo piano music at the Luthier School under the sponsorship of the Associació Catalana de Compositors as part of the year-long musical celebrations of Montsalvatge’s eightieth birthday in 1992-93.

Martha Violett began her college teaching career at Western State College where she has been a member of the Music faculty since 1972. She has been active during that time as a performer of solo and chamber music with Western faculty and guest performers.