|"ONE OF THE GREATEST
PIANIST OF OUR TIME"
Le Figaro, Paris
"The Titan of the Keyboard",- “One of the greatest pianists of our time” - are just two of the accolades that music critics in Europe and America have bestowed on pianist Mark Zeltser. Mark Zeltser's appearances with the world’s greatest orchestras: the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto and Montreal orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, the Moscow and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras were hailed by critics and audiences alike as major musical events.
he left Russia, Mr. Zeltser's regular orchestral and
solo performances in all European countries, North
and South America, Japan and Australia, as well as
numerous television appearances worldwide have
generated comparisons with the legendary giants of
the piano. His special concert in Bologna, Italy,
attracted the audience of 5O OOO, an all-time record
for paid public attendance for classical music. A
favorite piano soloist of the legendary Herbert von
Karajan, Mark Zeltser appeared with the Maestro and
the Berlin Philharmonic on more than 30 occasions in
Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, London and Lucern.
His successes at the Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia and Meadow Brook Festivals in the United States are matched by repeated triumphs at the Salzburg, Lucern, Berlin, Edinburgh and Monte Carlo Festivals in Europe.
Mark Zeltser launched his recording career with a highly acclaimed album on CBS Masterworks featuring works of Prokofiev and Balakirev. His recording with Herbert von Karajan, Yo-Yo Ma and Anne-Sophie Mutter of the Beethoven Triple Concerto on the DG label is featured in the special celebrity album to mark the 100th Birthday of the Berlin Philharmonic as well as in “The Best 100 Classical Recordings Of The XX Century”. His recent CD release includes piano concertos by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and Rudolf Barshai as conductor.
Born in the Soviet Union, Mark Zeltser is a member of a musical family. His maternal grandfather, Mark Pester, a classmate of Heifetz, Elman and Zimbalist at St. Petersburg Conservatory, was famous internationally as a concert violinist and conductor (Chaliapin and Rachmaninov were among his soloists).
Mark began his piano studies with his mother when he was six year old. At eight he gave his first public recital and at nine made his orchestral debut, performing Haydn and Grieg concertos.
He was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory at an early age and was not required to take the entrance examinations due to his proven talents. It was the first and only time that such concession was made in the 100 year history of the Moscow Conservatory. While still a student, Mark Zeltser entered and won several mayor competitions, including The National Competition in Moscow, The Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, and The Busoni Competition in Italy. When he began his concert career, he received the critical acclaim that is known to have been accorded to only one or two artists in a generation.
Mark Zeltser holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Moscow State Conservatory.