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Evgenia Rabinovich is a peak performer at the 2010 National Canadian Music Competition

Evgenia Rabinovich leaning on a $450 000 Fazioli piano

Evgenia Rabinovich was born in Saratov Russia in 1993. Today she is respected as one of the top young pianists in Canada. The meritorious Evgenia completed a university minischool program for the academically gifted, essentially finishing high school in 2 years.

Evgenia gets most of her inspiration from her piano teacher, Sasha Starcevich, a well-known name in the Vancouver community. Also, Evgenia looks up to such great concert pianists as the Vladimir Horowitz and Martha Argerich.

Learning a new piece is a very complicated process. However, Evgenia usually begins by learning the background of the piece by reading peer-reviewed sources. She wants to know why it was written by the composer as well as when in the composer's life it was written. This searching stems from the knowledge that every piece reflects a unique, personal time period in the composer's life.

Evgenia recently won the top prize for her age group at the Concours de musique du Canada / Canadian Music Competition in Edmonton. Evgenia feels "it is very meaningful to be told that you're one of the best young pianists in all of Canada. It's encouraging, powerful recognition and it makes me want to work even harder."

Studying with Sasha is "absolutely awesome; he gives you a lot of freedom while ensuring you have strong direction. Sasha is a phenomenal pianist and a passionate, wonderful teacher." Evgenia also says he is incredibly supportive to his students and one of the nicest and most honest people you will ever meet.

Evgenia's parents are a different source of inspiration:

"They're really cool. It sounds weird to say, but we have a really good relationship. It's easy to live around them and I can tell them what I want. All my friends like them, which is a very special thing to be able to say."

What does Evgenia have to say about Fazioli Pianos?

"A Fazioli piano is really incomparable to other pianos. It's so easy to get across the sound you have in your head; the way you imagine you want the music to really be. You can connect to a Fazioli on a very personal level because it is such a sensitive instrument. It allows you to turn your dreams into reality when it comes to making music."

Evgenia could not live without music and she is considering it as her future career. At this point, she continues studying with Sasha Starcevich while completing her English degree at UBC. A few years from now, however, Evgenia wants to be focusing only on her music through a Masters degree, leading to a PhD (Doctorate of Music).


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