The Primer Gran Premio Winner of the Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition in Valencia, a Russian born Israeli pianist ROMAN ZASLAVSKY is recognized by international audiences, critics and colleagues alike as one of the next generation?s foremost emerging artists. The Scottish "Herald" was impressed by his performance calling it "...A touch of dynamite?,?? flamboyant, swashbuckling?,? ? a sensation?, the British press praised him also in the ?Strad? magazine, saying that Mr. Zaslavsky is ?? a pianist with exceptional virtuosity?, the Canadian ?Toronto Star? wrote that his performance was ?marvelous?, German ?Badische Neueste Nachrichten? exclaimed that he is ??a virtuoso keyboard lion?.
Already as young student of the St. Petersburg Conservatory Roman Zaslavsky distinguished himself in a number of piano competitions and in 1989 was awarded the First Prize in the Republican National Piano Competition, a prestigious piano forum in Russia.
Having left Russia in 1991, Roman Zaslavsky continued his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music of the Tel-Aviv University in Israel and later on at the Musikhochschulen in Frankfurt and in Karlsruhe (Germany), where he accomplished his education. Soon after his emigration to Israel, in 1991 Roman Zaslavsky was awarded the prominent America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant for continuation of his music studies, won several local competitions and secured himself a reputation of an artist of keen intelligence and fiery temperament.
Roman Zaslavsky is a top prizewinner of the renowned international piano and chamber music competitions. In the year 2000 he was the only Winner of the "Vendome Prize" International Piano Competition in Cologne and was awarded the Primer Grand Premio at the "Jose Iturbi" International Piano Competition in Valencia.
Roman Zaslavsky won also the 4th prize at the 1997 "Citta die Senigallia International Piano Competition" in Italy, the 2nd prize at the "3rd Hamamatsu Academy International Piano Competition? in Japan (1998), the 3rd prize and the Special Prize for the best Interpretation of a Brahms Sonata at the "Trio di Trieste" International Chamber Music Competition in Italy (1998) as a member of the "PantaRhei" Cello/Piano duo and the 3rd prize at the "V. Gui" International Chamber Music Competition (Italy).
Roman Zaslavsky is an artist of diverse tastes. He feels equally at home in solo repertoires as well as playing with other instrumentalists in chamber music concerts and with orchestras. His last concert activities included, among others, performances in the major concert halls of Israel, such as Tel-Aviv Museum of Arts, "Zavta" Hall (Tel-Aviv), Jerusalem Theatre (recorded live for the program of the Israeli radio "Eitnachta"), concert tours in Germany, Italy, Spain, where he played several times in solo recitals as well as with the Orquesta de Valencia in the renowned Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Holland (Concertgebouw, Kleine Saal) and Brazil.
Mr. Zaslavsky`s performances are being praised by critics and audiences alike. The Scottish " Herald " wrote about his performance at the hall of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Glasgow):
"...A touch of dynamite lit up the auditorium when Israeli pianist Roman Zaslavsky played an explosive energetic Bach prelude (with his right foot scarcely touching the pedal), before ripping through List's Dante Sonata with a flamboyant, swashbuckling performance that was a sensation."