Shoshana Rudiakov

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Shoshana Rudiakov (1948-2012) was a Latvian pianist and music educator. She was professor of piano at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart from 1981.

Biographical notes[edit]

Shoshana Rudiakov was born on 25 June 1948[1] in Riga, Latvia (then within the USSR).[2] She was the cousin of the cellist Michael Rudiakov and was married to Dimitry Rudiakov, bassoonist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.[2] She died on 21 November 2012 in Stuttgart.[3]


Rudiakov studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with professors Yakov Flier and Bella Davidovich.[2][4] After moving to Israel in 1973[2] she was engaged as soloist with major orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic.[4] Her first appearance in Western Europe was in 1975 at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the New Philharmonia Orchestra.[4]

She moved to Germany in 1977,[4] and performed as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, and Nürnberg Philharmoniker.[3][4] She appeared in many chamber music festivals alongside such leading instrumentalists as Gina Bachauer, Isaac Stern and Eugene Istomin,[3] and gave recitals with Michael Rudiakov in the United States.[2][5][6]

She was appointed professor of piano at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in 1981, and vice-rector in 2002.[1][3] She gave many master classes at the State University[1] and within the Magister Musicae project.[4]


Rudiakov recorded about 15 albums, issued under the Golden Crest, Tacet, Nonesuch, Stradivari, and Nimbus labels.[3] Among them are:

  • Piano Works by Rachmaninov and Chopin. Jerusalem Records (ATD 8207), 1983 [7]
  • Piano Works by Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff. Eroica Distribution, 1989 [8]
  • Piano Works by Rachmaninov, Skryabin and Chopin. Danacord, 1989[8]
  • Shoshana Rudiakov: Piano Recital. Eroica Distribution, 1995 [8]
  • Works for Bassoon & Piano (with Dimitry Rudiakov). Eroica Distribution, 1995[8]
  • Manchester Music Festival - Barber, Beethoven, Thuille. Eroica Classical Recordings[9]
  • Koechlin: Oeuvres Pour Hautbois, Etc / Lajos Lencsés. Audite[9]
  • The 1993 Manchester Music Festival. Eroica Classical Recordings[9]
  • Manchester Music Festival - Rachmaninov, Dvorák: Concertos. Eroica Classical Recordings[9]