DANIEL POLLACK, Piano Judge
"Daniel Pollack is one of the remaining pianists today with a sublime link to the golden age of piano"
The New York Times
Daniel Pollack is returning for his fourth year as Chairman of the Piano Jury. His career as a concert pianist has taken Mr. Pollack was recently featured in a profile in the New York Times headlined “Piano Man, Winning Russian Hearts and Minds” in which it was quoted by a recording executive, “he is now a legend in Russia.” Another profile featured in the International Herald Tribune, headlined, “A Musical ‘love affair’ with Russia.”
Recent highlights include appearances as soloist with conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia and as soloist with such major philharmonics as London’s Royal, Seoul, Korea, Hong Kong, Kiev, Ukraine, Bogota, Colombia, Montevideo, and in the United States, as soloist with the philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, San Francisco, Minnesota, among numerous others.
Additionally, Mr. Pollack has performed solo recitals in such major music centers of the world as London’s Royal
Festival Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Seoul’s Arts Center, Moscow’s Bolshoi Zal, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.
Mr. Pollack has participated on major international competition juries such as the Tchaikovsky in Moscow; Queen Elizabeth in Brussels; Vladimir Horowitz, Kiev, Ukraine; Leeds, England; Maria Callas, Athens, Greece; Jose Iturbi, Los Angeles, California; and the Rachmaninoff in Moscow, among others.
His CDs include a recent release on Classical Records; ‘COLORS’, on RCM, a Grammy-nominated CD for Naxos of Samuel Barber, an all-Chopin CD released by Sony, and two “crossover” CDs of popular romantic works for Four Winds, and more.
Mr. Pollack has held several artist faculty positions including The Juilliard School, Columbia University and Yale’s School of Music and is now on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School from the class of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne.