Concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky of Austintown, will depart on June 11 for concerts that will have him traveling the world for the next six months. He will first depart for Australia, where from mid-June to late September he will fulfill his 17th concert tour there, playing 35 concerts. Rudnytsky has toured Australia every two years since 1979, performing nearly 500 concerts there in all parts of the country.
Following the Australian tour, he will proceed to Hawaii, where on October 3 and 4 he will play a recital and conduct a master class at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. This will be followed by his fourth tour of Pacific islands of Micronesia during most of the remainder of October, with recitals on such islands as Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Kwajalein, Roi-Namur, and Majuro.
During November, he will play six recitals on each of two two-week cruises of ships of the P&O Cruises company. On Oriana, he will do these recitals on a cruise from Southampton to Cadiz (Spain), Athens, the island of Rhodes, Kusadasi in Turkey, Tunis, and Oporto in Portugal. The second cruise, on Ventura, will go from Barbados to such Caribbean islands as Curacao, Aruba, Grand Turk, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and Grenada.
Rudnytsky has done over 35 cruises for P&O, performing recitals as the classical pianist on board. Most recently, he did this on Arcadia this past April on a two-week cruise from Southampton to Aruba.
Rudnytsky performed om May 24 the Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue as soloist with the Youngstown Symphony in a special concert celebrating the centennary of St. Patrick's Church in Youngstown. On May 29, he performed a recital in the city of L'viv, Western Ukraine as part of the festival "Virtuozi" there.
Rudnytsky is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and has played all over the world, in over 95 countries. His concerts in 2010 were in the USA, Canads, Ukraine, Britain, Honduras, Colombia, New Zealand, Nepal, Thailand, Barbados, and Grenada, plus on a two-week cruise on P&O's Ventura from Southampton to Barbados.
He was a professor of music at the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University since 1972 and just this month retired from there with the title professor emeritus. He received a Distinguished Professor Award from YSU in 1990.