Michael Rudiakov plays Bach

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Michael Rudiakov
Michael Rudiakov
1934 - 2000

Paris born Michael Rudiakov began his musical studies with his father, pianist Eliahu Rudaikov. After serving in the Israeli army 1952-1955, he spent his next year as principal cellist of the opera orchestra in Lübeck, Germany, the childhood home of his mother. In 1956, he arrived in the USA as an America-Israel Foundation scholarship recipient of study cello with Bernard Greenhouse at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1964, he became principle cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony and there he met his wife Judith. Their son Ariel was born in 1965 and in that same year the family moved to Israel where Michael was the principal cellist of the Jerusalem Symphony. Upon returning to the USA in 1966, he became a faculty member of Sarah Lawrence College where he directed a prestigious chamber music series for 11 years. During this time he joined the Composer's String Quartet, in residence at Columbia University. He was also a faculty member of the New England Conservatory. In 1967, his daughter Liselotte was born in New York City. In 1985, Michael became the Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival and lived full time in the village of Manchester since 1995.

Michael Rudiakov has recorded more than 30 discs, was a prizewinner in the Casal's Competition in Mexico, and a Grammy Award nominee. Michael played a Grancino cello made in 1690. He died on November 17, 2002 at age 66 from a heart attack. He was beloved by audience world wide for his inspiring and informative comments before concerts, and for his exquisite playing.


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