Ariel Rudiakov, Viola
Born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Riverdale, NYC, violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov comes from a musical family going back three generations.
early musical training from his
parents, Michael and Judith before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music
Rudiakov has been Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester (VT) Music Festival MMF since November 2000 and is Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (CT).
Ari holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University's masters program where he
studied privately with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet
In both capacities, Rudiakov enjoys a wide-ranging and diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the USA and abroad with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, current and former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Lillian Kallir, Andre Michel Schub, Adam Neiman.
Most recently, Ariel
conducted recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov's ballet Raymonda, performed at Lincoln Center in April.
Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Rudiakov, who is active in commissioning and recording new music.
Ariel resides in Manchester, VT and Yonkers, NY with his wife, violinist Joana Genova and their two children; Michael Arthur and Liliana Judith.
Violin, viola and cello students of Joana Genova, Deanna Baasch, Vesela French, Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Ariel Rudiakov
and Jared Shapiro will show their progress and play a variety of music.