San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Rhodenowski summer school of piano is open from 1st May to 29th August, 2014.
All lessons and master-classes will be conducted daily.
Discounted Cost: $150/week, complements of Orrett Rhoden.
The school offers free accommodation and food. Spaces are limited. Please message via our facebook page for availability.
Pianists wishing to experience Jamaica and lessons and master-classes from one of the best pianist of this generation, visit the pianist’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Rhodenowski
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When & Where
Orrett Rhoden came to international acclaim after appearing in two BBC documentaries on the 1983 visit of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to Jamaica. The documentaries Elizabeth, The First Thirty Years and also the more informal, behind the scenes program ….And The Queen Passed by were also broadcast to celebrate The Queen’s birthday that year. The programs featured Rhoden playing background music while the Royal couple toured Devon House and also used his recordings throughout the entire films. Subsequently, Rhoden was booked to give his London debut as the soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Barbican on 4 October 1984.
The following year Rhoden made his New York debut at the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. In 1986 Hollywood star and talk show host, Joan Rivers, was intrigued by an article she read on young Rhoden in People Magazine, and invited him to appear twice on her Fox TV nationwide show, Late Night Starring Joan Rivers. Rhoden concerts took place in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Canada and Mexico. A significant highlight in Rhoden’s career was the invitation to perform in an all-Chopin recital at the birthplace of his idol, Frederic Chopin in Zelazowa Wola, Poland in 1985.
Rhoden has been hailed by the Observer Magazine, London, as being “One of the finest talents of his generation”. The legendary Artur Rubinstein - world- renowned throughout the 20th century for his interpretation of Chopin’s music – said of Orrett Rhoden: “Some pianists are not musicians and some musicians are not pianists, but you, young man are both.”
In 1973 the age of 12, Orrett Rhoden won the Howard Cooke Trophy for Excellence in the Jamaica National Festival, the highest award for music that year. In 2005 he received the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts from Prime Minister Patterson.