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Pauline Rovkah, piano

Pauline Rovkah, piano

An award winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society and the Head of Piano Program at Chatham University, Pauline Rovkah is an active performer and music educator. She is a founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music concert series at Chatham University. Pauline performed in various concert series in Pittsburgh area, including the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Frick Art Museum, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University and West Liberty University, WV. She participated in various Music Festivals, among them at the Chautauqua Institution, New York, in Peacham, Vermont and the Festival/Symposium at Cambridge University, UK. After winning a National Competition, she presented solo and chamber music performances in Rome, Italy, for the Rome Festival. Ms. Rovkah conceived, organized and performed in a number of thematic concert events at Chatham University, such as “Nature in Music,” as part of the International Environmental Conference; “Canto do Sul,” featuring music of South America and “Remembering September 11” to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In honor of Chatham’s Global Focus program, Rovkah designed and coordinated the “East Meets West” Festival highlighting Chinese music, Festival of German music, Festival of Brazilian music, “Sounds of Africa” symposium/festival featuring music by African composers, Scandinavian Music Festival “The Nordic Sound” and “Sounds of Indonesia”. She also organized and performed in a number of benefit concerts, such as “Music without Boundaries”, “What it means to miss New Orleans”, “Music for Haiti”, “Celebrate Japan” and “Plea for Nepal”. Ms. Rovkah has been collaborating with leading chamber musicians, including principal musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra: among others, Noah Bendix-Balgley, former concertmaster of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Ms. Rovkah’s solo recitals and chamber music performances have been recorded and broadcast by the Pittsburgh Classical Radio WQED. She has been featured in numerous WQED programs, including “Performance in Pittsburgh”. Pauline Rovkah studied piano and music at the Special Music School and at Kharkov Conservatory (Kotlyarevsky State University of Arts), Kharkov, Ukraine, under Professor Mikhail Khazanovsky. After graduation, she served on the faculty of Kharkov Conservatory, performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, and made appearances on national television and radio. In Pittsburgh since 1991, Ms. Rovkah studied privately with Eunice Norton, student of legendary Arthur Schnabel.

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