Pianist Rotman to Perform at Westmont

January 11, 2003

Award-winning pianist Sam Rotman, who earned two degrees from Juilliard, will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 in Porter Theatre on the Westmont campus.

While at Juilliard, he received nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships, and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe, including that of Laureate Winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria.

In 1978, Rotman participated in the Sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. He has given more than 1,100 performances in 42 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and Russia.

Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven. Beginning with a series of all Beethoven concerts in 1970 (the Beethoven bicentennial), he performed on the Public Broadcast System in a special Beethoven concert. Rotman continues to perform the works of Beethoven in recital and with orchestra.

His recordings include: “Portrait of a Piano (works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff);” “Impressions: Piano Portraits of Claude Debussy;” and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Piano Works by Rachmaninoff.

For more information, call music Professor Grey Brothers at (805) 565-6279, or e-mail brothers@westmont.edu.