Photo: Jackie Stevens
Kristofer Rucinski's playing has been described as both a “tour de force” (Music in Cincinnati) and “confidently elegant” (CityBeat). Originally from Ashland, KY, Kristofer began music studies at the age of ten. His principal teachers include T.J. Lymenstull, Daniel Shapiro, David Brunell, Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Michael Chertock. Kristofer holds degrees from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at CCM.
Having long been a proponent of new music, Kristofer has given dozens of world premieres throughout the Midwest and Southern states. As a scholar of Russian piano music, Kristofer’s programs regularly feature works by Balakirev, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Medtner, and Prokofiev, including his own combined version of the 1913 and 1931 editions of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36. Also a composer, Kristofer’s solo piano and chamber works have been premiered throughout Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as in Florida and Ohio.