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Dec. 29, 2010; May 25, 2011

Dmitri Novgorodsky, piano

Navon Hall of JAMD


Hailed by the press as a “breathtaking” and “stunning” pianist who plays with “exquisite simplicity”, ”dazzling technique”, “plush tone”, and whose “…beauty and clarity generate their own electricity”, Dmitri Novgorodsky was born to a musical family in Odessa, the former USSR. He began to play the piano at age five and was admitted into a special music school for gifted children a year later. By the age of 16, he had won the First Prize at the Kazakhstan National Piano Competition, and later the Gold Medal of the National Festival of the Arts. After graduating from the studio of Professor Victor Merzhanov at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with high honors, Mr. Novgorodsky immigrated to Israel in 1991.
In 1992, he was offered a full scholarship for graduate studies with Professor Boris Berman at Yale University School of Music in the United States. While at Yale, he earned the Master of Music, the Master of Musical Arts, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Currently, Mr. Novgorodsky is the first and the only Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate in piano performance to have earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree from Yale. Nine years ago, he was granted the “Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts” permanent US residence, as one of a small percentage of those who have risen to the top in their field of endeavor.
Mr. Novgorodsky has appeared in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Israel, France, Austria, Canada, Turkey, and Taiwan. In the United States, he has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall (New York City); the Kennedy Center and the Residence of Russian Ambassador to the Unites States (Washington, DC); the WLFN “Talent Showcase” (Philadelphia); the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Madison (in “live broadcast” solo recitals). Among the highlights in the last several years have been performances at the Center for Advanced Musical Research in Istanbul (sponsored through the US Department of State Artist Abroad Award); a concert tour in Kazakhstan with a solo recital at the Kazakhstan National Conservatory of Music; a chamber music concert at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Russia; recitals with soprano Patrice Michaels at the International Voice Symposium in Salzburg, Austria; critically acclaimed concerto performances with the “Connecticut Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony, and Lawrence
Symphony; solo piano performances in the Faculty Artist Series at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and at the Jerusalem Cinematheque in Israel.
His collaborative activities include a three-year affiliation with the violinist Sarah Chang, recitals with the concert cellist Kenneth Kuo, and Yamaha performing artist Professor Arthur Campbell (clarinet). One of the four chamber compositions by contemporary authors Mr. Novgorodsky has premiered - the “Prophecy from 47 Ursae Majoris” for clarinet and piano by Andrew Paul MacDonald – became a part of the CD “Premieres” and was released on the “Gasparo” label in 2000. A CD of pieces for oboe and piano by the 20th century Russian-Soviet composers, recorded in collaboration with the UW Madison’s oboe professor Mark Fink, was released by the University of Wisconsin Madison Press in the fall of 2007, and is currently commercially available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, South Africa, China, and Japan.
Mr. Novgorod sky’s pedagogical experience comprises 8, 5 years of university teaching in the United States. His former students have been admitted into Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, New England Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatories, University of Colorado Boulder, Westminster College, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Texas at Austin. He has been a piano faculty at the Grand Valley State University (Michigan), University of Wisconsin, and Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. In fall 2009, he joined the piano faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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Dec. 29, 2010


May 25, 2011 Workshop

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