Dmitri Ratser, burst upon the American classical music scene in 1990, the year he made his international debut, performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Austin, Texas. By popular demand and to great acclaim, he has returned each season since his debut to perform in such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (three times with the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich, a solo appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York, and in 35 other American cities. Dmitri Ratser is one of only three internationally famous pianists – the other two being Andre Watts and Ivo Poglorevich – who were invited to perform - in consecutive seasons - in the prestigious recital series held at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California, known in its “hey-day” as the “Carnegie Hall of the West”. He has been recognized as one of the few pianists to include in his regularly performed repertoire the complete works for piano and orchestra of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Dmitri Ratser was a child prodigy and was invited at an early age to study with the prominent Russian Pianist, Yakov Flier, professor at Moscow Conservatory and one of the leading Soviet pianists of his time. Flier, himself, studied under renowned pedagogue, Igumvov Konstantin, who was connected and influenced by Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Under Flier’s tutelage, the young Ratser developed a unique playing style that combined the European pianistic style of Liszt and the pianistic traditions of the great Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Dmitri Ratser has received accolades and awards for his piano virtuosity, in his homeland, Russia, and internationally, including: First Prize – Moscow’s All-Soviet Union Rachmaninoff Concert; First Prize – Budapest’s Liszt International Jubilee Competition; inclusion on the roster, “Soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic”; Grand Prix – International Master Competition For Music Teachers (Russia -2015); Grand Prix - International Master Competition For Music Teachers (Poland - 2015); he was named a Steinway Artist in 1992 and continues to carry that honor.
Dmitri Ratser has performed in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany, The Dominican Republic, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The world-wide popularity of his performances, is aptly expressed by words of the music critic with the L. A. Times, “Ratser’s performance took one’s breath away with its mesmerizing single-mindedness, its inexorable force, its stunning virtuosity”. He has been proclaimed by the Dallas Morning News to be, “One of Russia’s greatest pianists!”
Dmitri Ratser is a Professor at the Russian Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow. He also teaches Masters Classes, and was invited in 2011 and 2012 to teach at the “International Summer Master Classes” at Manhattan School of Music, New York.