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Stephen Prutsman

Biography

Born: 1960  
Stephen Prutsman's rocket-like career was launched on the American and European musical stage by his triple crown wins of international recognition in 1990 and 1991. In the earlier year he won the top medal in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, and also was voted the Audience Favorite Award, as well as winning special medals for his interpretations of music of Scriabin, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev.

In 1991, he won a
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This capped off a lifetime of solid training that began when he was five years old in his native California. At the age of 12 he began studying with his major teacher, Aube Tzerko, which places Prutsman in the Arthur Schnabel lineage of pianists, as Tzerko was a protégé and assistant to the great pianist-teacher.

Then he attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland where he enrolled with another great teacher, Leon Fleischer.

Prutsman quickly appeared on the international scene as a recitalist, chamber and accompaniment pianist, and soloist with orchestras. He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee, Pacific, Colorado, Louisiana, Seattle, Detroit, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony, the Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen and the State Theater Orchestra of Mainz.

As a chamber musician he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has played with the St. Lawrence and Audubon String Quartets and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Brentano String Quartets. His recital tours have taken him to many major cities of the world, where he has played at the top venues in, among other places, Santiago de Chile, Washington, D.C., Moscow, Mexico City, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Tokyo. In addition, he is accomplished as a professional jazz pianist.

Stephen Prutsman is also a composer. Among his works is a piano concerto named Ocean Parables, and he has written both classical and jazz works. He has written arrangements of songs that have been recorded by soprano Dawn Upshaw with the Kronos Quartet on the Nonesuch CD label. He has frequently been featured on the U.S. radio program Performance Today.

Prutsman obviously believes that from the earliest stages a musician with a successful career needs to back up his musical beliefs with more than must playing concerts. Almost as soon as he "arrived," he co-founded the El Paso (Texas) Chamber Music Festival, of which he remained a co-director for ten years, and appeared as a performer in every one of them during that period. He also appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival and Spoleto USA. He is also the founder of "A Festival of Music" on the island of Guam and has been Artistic Consultant to the American Pianists Association.

Prutsman has recorded for labels ranging from small independents (such as Lotus Records Salzburg and Brioso) to the largest (Naxos, on which he has recorded the Edward MacDowell piano concertos. He also played the soundtrack piano part in the film based on Beethoven's speculative amours, Immortal Beloved. He has also begun conducting, primarily from the keyboard in appropriate concertos.

Stephen Prutsman makes his home in San Francisco. Read less
Barber: Piano Concerto, Die Natali / Alsop, Prutsman
Release Date: 10/22/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559133   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - MacDowell: Piano Concertos / Prutsman
Release Date: 01/16/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559049   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Music By Three - Brahms, Dubois, Holbrooke / Frautschi, Ruske, Prutsman
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1228 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Théodore Dubois,  Josef Holbrooke
    Performer:  Jennifer Frautschi,  Eric Ruske,  Stephen Prutsman
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    Barber: Complete Orchestral Works / Alsop, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506021 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Stephane Rancourt,  Louise Winter,  Lesley Craigie,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio;  Prutsman / Nobilis Trio
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 191 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Suren Bagratuni,  Ruggero Allifranchini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nobilis Trio
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    Classical Hour At Steinway Hall - Nobilis Trio
    Label: Amadeus Press (Dvd)   Catalog: 331682 Release Date: 03/13/2006  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Ruggero Allifranchini,  Suren Bagratuni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nobilis Trio
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    The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93927 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Joseph Brackett  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Kathryn Stott,  Nilson Matta,  Rosa Passos  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Ennio Morricone,  Chen Xieyang,  Tan Dun  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra,  Claude Bolling Ensemble  ... 
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    The Story Of American Classical Music / Scherer, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558164-65 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams,  Philip Glass,  George Rochberg,  Elliott Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Adele Anthony,  Peter Skaerved,  Mark Wait,  Mike Eldred  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Takuo Yuasa,  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Kenneth Schermerhorn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra,  Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Barber: Piano Concerto, Die Natali / Alsop, Prutsman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559133 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    American Classics - Celebrate The American Spirit
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504024 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  Howard Hanson,  Walter Piston,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Michele Walsh,  James Oliver Buswell,  Randolph Kelly  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fagan,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Theodore Kuchar,  Tony Rowe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    American Classics -  A Sampler
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559118 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  Howard Hanson,  Samuel Barber,  Walter Piston  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Olga Shylayeva,  Randolph Kelly,  James Oliver Buswell  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fagan,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Marin Alsop,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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    American Classics - MacDowell: Piano Concertos / Prutsman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559049 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell
    Performer:  Aisling Drury-Byrne,  Stephen Prutsman
    Conductor:  Arthur Fagan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Bridge: Piano Trio No 2, Cello Sonata, Spring Song
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9610 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Hiroko Yajima,  Stephen Prutsman,  Lowri Blake,  Caroline Palmer
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