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    A celebration of art and culture through the music of the iconic composer, conductor, and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)



    los angeles 2017

    A celebration of art and culture through the music of the iconic composer, conductor, and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

    RACHMANINOFF International

    Piano competition LOS ANGELES 2017

    A celebration of art and culture through the music of the iconic composer, conductor, and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

  • About RachFest

    An exceptional opportunity to experience world-class artistry.


    In August 2017, RACHFEST will continue its tribute to composer, conductor, and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) an international music icon that spent the last years of his life in Los Angeles, California. RACHFEST is honored to invite the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) to participate in its 4th RACHFEST competition and festival, giving Californians their first opportunity to see EUYO perform. While in Southern California, the EUYO will perform at the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.


    RACHFEST’s mission is to offer the American public an exceptional opportunity to experience world-class artistry and cultural diversity on a continuing basis. In this spirit, RACHFEST endeavors to present the arts and culture of a specific country, each and every year, as part of its RACHFEST International Festival. We are uniquely positioned to showcase unparalleled access to the highest standards of excellence in arts and culture, and are determined to support the United States’ active presence in the highly competitive international classical music circuit amidst an ever-globalizing world.

  • Rachmaninoff

    Meet the 20th century master.

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Iconic composer, conductor, and pianist (1873-1943)

    RACHFEST International Festivals in the United States are an homage to Sergei Rachmaninoff who is widely considered as one of the greatest pianists of all time and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.


    Rachmaninoff was a Russian-born composer who later in life became an American citizen. As a performer, composer, and conductor, Rachmaninoff is remembered as one of the true artistic geniuses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century era.


    Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on April 1, 1873 to an aristocratic family, in Semyonovo, Russia. Rachmaninoff made his first tour of the United States as a pianist in 1909, an event for which he composed the now famous the Piano Concerto No. 3.


    A list of compositions by Rachmaninoff includes four piano concertos and The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Works for piano solo include Prelude in C-sharp minor, Etudes-Tableaux, Six Moments Musicaux, Variations on a Theme of Chopin and the Variations on a Theme of Corelli.


    Rachmaninoff also wrote two major a cappella choral works—the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the All-Night Vigil (also known as the Vespers). Other choral works include a choral symphony, The Bells, the Cantata Spring, the Three Russian Songs, and an early Concerto for Choir (a cappella). Rachmaninoff also composed a number of works for orchestra solo. The three symphonies are No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (1895), No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1907), and No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 (1935–36).


    Rachmaninoff died on March 28, 1943 in Beverly Hills, California, just four days before his 70th birthday.


  • RACHFEST 2017

    Iconic venues for an iconic event.

    Los Angeles, California

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    August 21-26, 2017

    Pasadena, California

    Pasadena Civic Auditorium

    August 21-26, 2017

    Santa Barbara, California

    Granada Theatre

    August 27, 2017

  • International Music Events

    Nearly 20 years of world-class international music events


    RachFest Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & Festival


    Aram Khachaturian 110th Anniversary Festival


    Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & Festival


    Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Ballet


    Rachmaninoff Gold Medalist in Concert


    Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & Festival


    Stars of the Russian Ballet


    International Piano Symposium


    Aram Khachaturian Spartacus Ballet


    International Piano Symposium


    International Piano Symposium


    Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & Festival


    International Piano Symposium


    International Piano Symposium


    International Piano Symposium

  • artists

    World-class international musicians


    European Union Youth Orchestra

    The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s pre-eminent symphony orchestras. Described by the UK Guardian as having “gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring... [and] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying”, it has provided an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe’s musicians since its foundation in 1976.


    The Orchestra has worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Svlatislav Rostropovich and particularly its three Music Directors and current Chief Conductor: Founding Music Director Claudio Abbado, former Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy, former Music Director and current Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.


    A truly global brand, the EUYO has performed in most of the world’s major concert halls, notably at the Royal Albert Hall, the Musikverein, -- Carnegie Hall and the Boston Symphony Hall. From Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, Moscow to Mumbai, Seoul to São Paulo - 4 Continents, 43 countries, 177 cities and 224 venues thus far.


  • Applause

    Praise for the work of RachFest and International Competitions & Festivals

    Earl Wild

    Internationally Renowned Concert Pianist & RachFest Adjudicator & Chairman

  • Partners

    With special thanks

    U.S. - Russia Business Council

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