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Daniel Beliavsky (Piano)

Born: 1979 (?) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

The American pianist, Daniel Beliavsky, holds degrees from Columbia College and New York University (Ph.D).

Daniel Beliavsky began performing publicly at age 8, playing with his father, violinist Yuri Beliavsky (born in Moscow, USSR in 1932) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his professional performance career at the age of 15, when Zdenek Macal invited him to perform Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra during the opening concerts of the 1993-1994 subscription season. Since then, Daniel has been engaged numerously as a soloist with orchestra (such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra) and in recital in both the USA (such as Milwaukee and Chicago) and Europe. He has played twice in Russia in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and has recorded a compact-disc with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With orchestra, he has performed various concerti including Franz Liszt No. 1, Sergei Rachmaninov No. 2, Scriabin, Prokofiev No. 4 (left hand), Ravel (left hand), Gershwin in F, and L.v. Beethoven No. 5, "Emperor."

Schooled in the Classical and Romantic genres of piano music, Daniel Beliavsky has focused on performing the standard repertoire with fresh vigor and excitement. Some of his repertoire's highlights include Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and works by Frédéric Chopin and Johannes Brahms. In the words of one reviewer, "Beliavsky was absolutely thrilling…he enabled his listeners to hear this familiar work [Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1] as if for the first time. Power, grace, thoughtful phrasing&emdash;all the crucial elements of fine pianists were at the control of this magnificent young artist."

In addition to performing the standard repertoire, Daniel Beliavsky avidly promotes more contemporary music, such as the left hand concerti of Prokofiev and Ravel, and the piano works of David Del Tredici and Lukas Foss. In the summer of 2002, in honor of L. Foss' 80th birthday, Daniel recorded the first complete collection of the composer's solo piano music on the label.

His two most recent compact-disc recordings on the label are “From Italy to Russia”, which includes sonatas by D. Scarlatti, the Italian Concerto by J.S. Bach, and Pictures from an Exhibition by M. Mussorgsky; and “Ecstasy and Poetry”, which consists of multiple pieces by F. Schubert and F. Chopin. His recordings have been broadcast in Wisconsin, Ohio, Mississippi, Kansas, and New York. David Dubal recently aired the Scarlatti K. 531 sonata he recorded (on From Italy to Russia) on his "Reflections from the Keyboard: The Piano in Comparative Performance" radio show.

Daniel Beliavsky has performed at the Festival of the Hamptons, the Tolstoy Fund, Steinway Hall, Symphony Space, the French Consulate, and Merkin Hall in New York, and has the distinction of being a member of the national advisory board of the Piano Arts National Concerto and Solo Competition. He has been favorably reviewed by the American Record Guide, the New Yorker Magazine, and the New York Times.

Daniel Beliavsky is also active as a music theorist and composer. His compositions have been performed in New York at the Cooper Union, Merkin Hall, the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, Columbia University, and New York University. Outside of New York, his works have been commissioned and performed by artists in Milwaukee, WI, Columbus, OH, Topeka, KS, and San Diego, CA.

In addition to being on the honorary board of the PianoArts National Piano Competition and Music Festival (US), Daniel Beliavsky is one of sixteen USA Steinway Artists to be a Steinway Supporting Personality. He resides in New York City, where he is a visiting professor at several colleges and universities.

Source: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Website; WHS Music Department Website (October 2005); Columbia College Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2010)

Daniel Beliavsky: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Daniel Beliavsky - Piano, Composer (New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music)
Daniel Beliavsky, Concert Pianist (WHS Music Department: Waterford Artist Series)

Columbia College First-Year Invited to Play in Moscow's Grand Hall: Beliavsky Insists He's No Prodigy, Just a Product of Hard Work by Stephanie Ogden

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