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The pianist, whose onstage comments showed flashes of droll wit a la Victor Borge, was very much an equal partner to St. John in the Beethoven sonata.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
March 20, 2000

St. John and Rechtman threw caution to the winds and completely immersed themselves in the piece, giving a reading of thrilling intensity that was full of risk-taking. The [Prokofieff] Sonata's towering dignity and pathos were fully evident; this was among the greatest performances I have heard of the work.

Joseph Magil, American Record Guide, May/June 1999

Ilan Rechtman, piano

Born in Israel, Ilan Rechtman's debut as pianist with the Israel Philharmonic was at the age of 11. Since then, he appeared 15 more times with the Israel Philharmonic, with the Jerusalem Symphony as well as with all major Israeli orchestras. Worldwide, Mr. Rechtman appeared with the London Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Denver, New World Symphonies, among others.

Mr. Rechtman has performed as recitalist and chamber musician in Germany, England, Denmark, Hungary, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Canada. In the USA, he has appeared in more than 80 cities, including New York's Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Town Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully halls. Mr. Rechtman is the first prize winner of the Shapira Competition (Israel), the First San Antonio International Competition as well as winner of the Clairmont and Norry (A.I.C.F.) scholarships.

Ilan Rechtman and Lara St. John
As a composer, some of his works are published by Theodore Presser Company, USA. His compositions Rondo Op. 5 and Fanfare by the Red Sea were commissioned and performed by Maestros Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel respectively. His composition A Sailor's Rhapsody for piano and orchestra was performed by numerous orchestras including Pittsburgh, New World, Annapolis & Cape-Cod Symphonies. Mr. Rechtman has had two orchestral premieres at Carnegie Hall. Ilan Rechtman's works are released on the Omega/Vanguard, Meridian, MMC, Newport Classics and Well Tempered Productions Labels.

Producing nearly 300 concerts a year, Ilan Rechtman is the Music Director of the Israel Virtuosi, Director of the City Island Baroque Ensemble, as well as Artistic Director of "Chamber Music at the Wales", "Recitals at the Mansfield", "Recitals at the Mansion" (Atlanta) and "Sundays on the Island" concert series.

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