Eduard Zilberkant - Department Chair
President’s Professor and Yamaha Artist Eduard Zilberkant, recognized as one of today’s most gifted artists, is enjoying an active career as pianist and conductor. The Russian born Zilberkant has been received enthusiastically by audiences and press alike throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, performing in such halls as The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Curtis Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, Artur Rubinstein Hall and Warsaw Philharmonic Hall in Poland, Teatro Sangiorgi in Catania, Sicily, Volgograd Opera House in Russia and Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. He is a returning guest artist at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, and has been a guest artist at the Corfu Festival Ionian Concert Series in Greece, the Assisi International Piano Festival and Orazio Frugoni Music Institute in Italy, Ravello Festival in Italy, the Manolis Kalomiris International Music Festival in Samos, Greece, the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel, and the Bellingham Music Festival in Washington.
His solo CD, Zilberkant Plays Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky, was internationally released on the ACA label and was met with high critical praise. American Record Guide stated, “Zilberkant’s artistic approach emphasizes a strongly colored rhetoric, supported by passionate and sensitive temperament…Zilberkant’s pianistic and musical qualities are found not only in his speed, but also in his ability to distill the slow tempos by drawing them out to the extreme.” Radio France, Polish Radio and Television and PBS Radio and Television in the United States have also broadcast his performances. Music critics have asserted that he “possesses a remarkable keyboard mastery; plays in the style of the old romantic masters; he knows how to extract quite a palette of colors from the piano; his playing is subtle and passionate at the same time; he has the equipment that makes for pianist greatness.”
For the past eight years, Maestro Zilberkant has been the music director and conductor of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. With these two orchestras, Maestro Zilberkant has toured throughout Alaska and Canada. In 2004, the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra recorded the Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on the AMICME Classical label of Greece for the Universal Company with pianist, Lambis Vassiliadis and Maestro Zilberkant conducting. In the summer of 2008, he led the Fairbanks Symphony on a tour to Greece with concerts on the islands of Corfu and Samos.
Maestro Zilberkant is a sought after guest conductor. He has conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague and also on tour to Germany, the Orchestra of Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano in Italy, the Martinu Chamber Orchestra in the Czech Republic and Germany, and the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily. In June 2008, he conducted the Prague Philharmonic at the Ravello Festival in Italy. In December 2007, Maestro Zilberkant conducted the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra in New York City and returned to New York City to conduct them again in the fall of 2008.
The Badische Zeitung wrote of his performance of the Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”, “[Maestro Zilberkant] made an impression for feeling the nuances of tempo, pauses, and accents… he brought out new colors and romantic feeling with full balance of the sound from the orchestra.” After his performance of the Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra in Anchorage, Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News wrote: “[Maestro Zilberkant] brought admirable intelligence to his reading of the piece…and sculpting the individual lines into a monumental and heroic structure; his weaving of the finale’s awesome counterpoint show him to be a musician of significance whom we hope to hear again.”
A Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Eduard Zilberkant received a Solisten Diploma from the Freiburg Musik Hochschule. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2006, Maestro Zilberkant received the prestigious “President’s Professor Award” at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he presently is Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies as well as Music Director and Conductor of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra.