in 2019, the world-renowned pianist Yuri Rozum celebrated several anniversaries at once: his 65th birthday, the 45th anniversary of his musical career and the 25th anniversary of his charity work. On 10 March, at Malta’s Robert Samut Hall, the European Foundation for Support of Culture presented a spring concert “Chopin Evening”, with the maestro performing the best works of his beloved Polish composer.
Yuri Rozum is a pianist, People’s Performer of Russia, winner of international competitions, President of the Yuri Rozum International Charity Foundation, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Vice President of the International Union of Musicians, Professor at the Gnesin Russian Music Academy and Alfred Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music.
Today, Yuri Rozum is in great demand in Russia and abroad. He has phenomenal technique; a master of sound, he increases the pace of his artistic work every year. Maestro Rozum takes the stage over 300 times a year and gives about 50 master classes; his repertoire includes about 30 solo programmes of works by Classical and Romantic composers, 20 concerts for piano and orchestra, and many chamber ensembles. Yuri Rozum has recorded 22 CDs.
The maestro focuses particularly on educating young musicians. As a Professor at the Gnesin Russian Music Academy and Alfred Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music, he has many students to whom he passes on the secrets of his professional mastery.
In 2005, the Yuri Rozum International Charity Foundation was established to provide financial and creative assistance to young musicians from across Russia. Over the years, the Foundation has helped nearly a thousand stipend-holders, many of whom regularly win major international competitions.
Yuri Rozum had performed in Malta before, each time with great success and standing ovations. The celebratory concert on 10 March was expected to be attended by high-ranking guests, including members of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malta and of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.