Brahms' First Piano Concerto
Symphony in B minor, “Unfinished”
Piano Concerto No. 1
Brahms' first piano concerto is an epic tour de force for both pianist and orchestra and considered to be one of the most physically demanding pieces in the piano repertory.
This concert is sponsored in part by Southside Bank, Betty Bower, the Philley Family and Dr. D.M. Edwards.
* Denotes first performance by ETSO
Did you know...?
This concert features Texas-based and internationally-acclaimed pianist Daria Rabotkina, who serves on the piano faculty at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Franz Schubert intentionally left his symphony no. 8 "unfinished," but the reasons as to why still remain in question! Some say it was the work's predominance of a triple meter (3/4, 3/8, etc.). It is rare that an entire symphony would be in the same meter!
Born in Kazan, Russia, into a family of musicians, Daria Rabotkina gave her first solo recital at the age of ten. Her education started at the Specialized Music School under the guidance of her parents, and Nora Kazatchkova. Later, it continued in Kazan State Conservatory and Mannes College of Music in New York City under the tutelage of Vladimir Feltsman. In addition, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Natalya Antonova.
Concerto highlights include San Francisco and New World symphonies, Kirov (Mariinsky) Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Hudson Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepción and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Rabotkina has collaborated with Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Feltsman, Julian Kuerti, JoAnn Falletta, Benjamin Shwartz, and Giancarlo Guerrero. As a soloist, she has given recitals at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall) and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Ravinia’s Rising Stars, and Dame Myra Hess in Chicago. Her appearances abroad include Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico and Japan.
Competitions and Festivals
Winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Rabotkina received top prizes at several international competitions and participated in Russia’s White Nights, Finland’s Kuhmo, and Copenhagen’s Summer festivals. In the United States, Rabotkina has appeared at the Rockport Chamber Music, International Keyboard Institute, PianoSummer at New Paltz, and San Francisco International Piano festivals.
Rabotkina has released CD’s every three years. Her first three recordings were done with CAG Records as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. The debut recording features the Tchaikovsky Grand Sonata and Prokofiev’s Ten Pieces from “Romeo and Juliet”. Her second CD contains Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Schubert’s Moments Musicaux. Rabotkina’s third project involved live recording of three concerti. The latest new CD (MSR Classics) with humoresques by Dvořák, Reger, Rachmaninov and Schumann was released to critical acclaim in 2018.
Rabotkina joined the music faculty at Texas State University as Assistant Professor of Piano in the fall of 2016. Prior to that, she has taught at Eastman School of Music while working on the doctorate degree. Additionally, she presented masterclasses, private lessons and lectures at the Kazan State Conservatory. Also passionate about early piano education, Rabotkina has founded the FunKey Piano Project at Texas State in 2018.
As a full-time working parent, she finds her biggest joy in spending time with her family in New Braunfels, TX. Besides that, Rabotkina enjoys drawing, collecting misspellings of her name, and devouring English murder mysteries.
She makes us smile often at her infectious joy.American Record Guide