Born in Lvov, Ukraine in 1960, Sergei Edelmann comes from a long and outstanding musical heritage: his father, Alexander Edelmann, renowned pianist and pedagogue, a pupil of both Felix Blumenfeld (professor of Vladimir Horowitz) and Heinrich Neuhaus (professor of Sviatoslav Richter) taught Sergei since the age of 5. In his native country, Sergei’s first orchestral performance was at the age of 10 playing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. He subsequently performed extensively in recitals and with orchestras throughout ex-USSR.
After immigrating to the United States in 1979, Mr. Edelmann has quickly established himself as a significant and highly acclaimed pianist of his generation and has since become a leading artist both in the concert hall and in the recording studio. His BMG Classics/RCA Red Seal CDs with the Bamberg Symphony under the baton of Claus Peter Flor and the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with Paavo Berglund include both Mendelssohn concertos and the Strauss Burlesque, and his series of solo recordings of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Prokofiev, have gathered enthusiastic critical acclaim. In the fall of 2008 Mr.Edelmann has embarked on a major new series of recordings for the Japanese label “Triton”, first of which, with works of J.S.Bach, was released in February 2009, the second, dedicated to R.Schumann came out in June and in September 2009, the Chopin album, which includes 4 ballades. In March 2010, came out the album of Liszt Sonata and Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy and in October, November consecutively – one double CD with Chopin sonatas and another with Beethoven sonatas.
His solo recitals in the United States have included Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, New York’s 92nd Street “Y” and Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium among numerous others. In Europe he has performed in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Detmold, Frankfurt, Milan, Turin, Ferrara, Siena, Florence and in Asia he regularly appears in Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul.
Mr. Edelmann has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra (at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich), the Toronto Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Buenos Aires in Teatro Colon, Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, tour of Italy with Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, “New Russia” Symphony, the National Symphony of Johannesburg and the Cape Town Philharmonic in South Africa and other major orchestras across Europe, the Far East, and North and South America.
A true collaborator, Mr. Edelmann enjoys festival appearances that afford him the opportunity to work with friends and colleagues. Among his chamber music partners: pianist Lilya Zilberstein, violinists Philip Hirshhorn, Victor Tretyakov, Dora Schwarzberg, Sergei Stadler, Alissa Vaitsner, violist Yuri Bashmet, clarinetists Michel Portal, Pascal Moragues, Julian Milkis and Paul Mayer, violoncellists Mario Brunello, Tatiana Vasilieva, Dmitri Yablonsky and Sviatoslav Zagursky.
He has appeared in major international music festivals: La Rocque d’Antheron, Tours, Dinard, Poitiers, Nancy, Sully, Radio France Montpelier, Maggio Musicale di Firenze, Rovereto, Ravello, Camerino and Elba (where he premiered in Italy Gya Kantcelli’s Piano Quartet and K.Penderezky Sextet).
Recently, Mr. Edelmann performed in the Mozart celebration concert with Moscow Soloists at the famed Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, was a soloist in J.Brahms Piano concerto No.2 with Sinfonia Warsovia for the tour of Italy and, in June 2010, he was invited by Martha Argerich to participate in several concerts at the Lugano Festival.
Leading conductors collaborated with Mr. Edelmann including Yuri Bashmet, Franz Paul Decker, Valery Gergiev, Claus Peter Flor, Lawrence Foster, Hans Graf, Gunther Herbig, Raymond Leppard, Yoel Levi, Vladimir Yurovsky, Eduardo Mata, Gerard Schwarz, Peter Csaba, Saulus Sondeckis, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Semyon Bychkov, Catherine Comet and Maxim Shostakovich.
Sergei Edelmann is a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship at Juilliard, and a major prizewinner of Belgium’s Queen Elizabeth International Competition and 92nd Street YM-YWHA’s Shura Cherkassky Recital Award.
In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Edelmann devotes a considerable amount of his time to teaching. He was a Professor of the Piano Faculty at New York University from 1996 to 2001 and, from 2002 to 2009, a Guest Professor of Piano at the Musashino Music Academy in Tokyo. In 2010 Mr.Edelmann was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of Lvov Music Academy.