PianoMikhail Rudy is a Russian-born French pianist. He was born on April 3, 1953 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where his family had been deported by the Soviet regime. His grandparents were imprisoned in concentration camps. His family moved from Tashkent to Siberia, then to a small village near Voronezh until they were finally "rehabilitated" in Stalino (Donetsk), in eastern Ukraine.
Mikhail Rudy's interest in music began at the age of 5 when he heard a neighbor play the violin. Despite difficult living conditions, Rudy began music lessons and pursued his studies in music at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under Yakov Flier. He greatly impressed the jury at the Marguerite Long Competition in 1975 through his performance of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata (regarded as among the most challenging solo works in the entire piano repertoire) in which he won the First Prize.
Rudy made his debut on the occasion of Marc Chagall's 90th birthday in 1977, performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovitch and Isaac Stern. From then on Rudy's career included performances with the best orchestras in the world such as the Berlin Philharmonic and renowned conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Herbert von Karajan and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Rudy asked for political asylum and settled down in France in the mid 1970s. He returned to Russia, his native land in 1989 and toured extensively with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He also founded and was artistic director of the Festival de St. Riquier in France.
Mikhail Rudy is an explorative and experimental artist and doesn't restrict himself with being just a concert pianist. He has performed with jazz pianist Misha Alperin with whom he devised a program entitled Double Dream, performing improvised compositions based on the classical repertoire. This included partly rewritten and partly improvised works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Janбиek and Scriabin. This program has already been performed in Norway, France and Germany receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences.
Rudy also conveys his interest in the arts through theatrical shows and has written a book, The Novel of a Pianist, published in 2008 by Le Rocher. He has also written and performed a theatrical and musical play after Wіadysіaw Szpilman’s book The Pianist along with French actor Robin Renucci. The show ran in Paris in 2005 for more than four months and received great acclaim from both audiences and critics alike. A tour of forty-five cities throughout France followed in 2006.
Rudy is a respected television broadcaster and is active in experimental video-filming and writing. He has prepared several series including a BBC television documentary on the life and works of Tchaikovsky and radio projects for France-Musique highligting the life and works of composers such as Alexander Scriabin, Johannes Brahms, Karol Szymanowski and Leos Janacek.