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The first performer in this season's Rising Stars series at Ravinia is pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist at the 2001 Van Cliburn competition. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he's performed throughout the former Soviet republics and much of Europe and will make his Carnegie Hall debut in April. His only recording to date is the Harmonia Mundi CD of his impressive performance at the Van Cliburn--all virtuoso pieces, with the exception of Schubert's Moments musicaux. The Liszt Rhapsodie espagnole and Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6 are a little on the careful side but still intense, and he captures the dark, thunderous opening of Rachmaninoff's Sonata no. 2 brilliantly. He tends toward the detached, nonlegato school of Bach performing, but he plays the Partita no. 2 very well, revealing an exquisitely delicate touch in the sarabande and rondeaux sections. His Ravinia program is terrific and includes several works from his Van Cliburn recital--the same Bach partita, two of the Schubert Moments musicaux (the second and third), and the Liszt Hungarian rhapsody. Given his sensitively played Bach and Schubert, his Mozart Sonata in A Minor, K.310, should be very good, and given his penchant for bravura, his Chopin Polonaise-Fantasie and Stravinsky Petrouchka should be exciting. Friday, March 5, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park; 847-266-5100.

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