The Las Cruces Symphony is the premiere arts organization in southern New Mexico with a nearly fifty-year tradition of providing symphonic music to audiences and students throughout the region.
Featuring Dimitri Ratser – Piano
Prior to 1990, Dimitri Ratser remained one of the best-kept secrets of the former Soviet Union. Born to a family of professional musicians, he was raised in the musical tradition of his homeland. His unusual talent resulted in his acceptance while still a child to study under great Soviet pianist and Professor of the Moscow Conservatory Yakov Flier. (Yakov Flier in turn was a student of Konstantin Igumnov, who himself was studying under Alexander Ziloti, a student of Franz Liszt and a cousin of Sergey Rachmaninoff.)
He has been heard in repeated appearances, by popular demand, on such prestigious recital series as that at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California where he joined the only other stellar pianists being re-invited in consecutive seasons: Andre Watts and Ivo Pogorelich. In recent seasons he has performed in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The reason for this popularity can perhaps be found in the words of the Los Angeles Times: “Ratser’s performance took one’s breath away with its mesmerizing single-mindedness, its inexorable force, its stunning virtuosity”.