Ariel Rudiakov, viola
Violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov is a third-generation musician, receiving his early musical training from his parents, Michael and Judith in Riverdale, New York City.
Mr. Rudiakov has been Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester Music Festival (MMF) since November 2000 and is Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (Conn.) and RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Symphony Orchestras.
holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (B.M.) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (M.M.), 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
Mr. Rudiakov enjoys a wide-ranging and diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music throughout the U.S. and abroad to critical acclaim 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, Andre Michel Schub, Adam Neiman and many others.
Among Mr. Rudiakov's
recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini (released in 2012 on MSR Classics), which Fanfare magazine
described as "utterly superb.
Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Mr. Rudiakov
, who is also active in commissioning and recording new music.
Mr. Rudiakov resides in Manchester, Vermont and Yonkers, New York with his wife, violinist Joana Genova and their two children, Michael Arthur and Liliana Judith.