ChamberFest Cleveland announces first Winter Mini Festival

ChamberFest Cleveland, the celebrated summer music festival, will embark upon its first Winter Mini Festival this December showcasing world-renowned pianist and ChamberFest fan favorite, Roman Rabinovich. Rabinovich will perform a series of three piano recitals, each dedicated to the solo sonatas of Franz Josef Haydn. The concerts will take place Sunday, December 11th at the Music Settlement at 3:30pm, the Tuesday the 13th at the home of Franklin Cohen at 7:30pm, and Friday the 16th at The Dunham Tavern Museum at 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be available at each concert.

Roman Rabinovich’s musical affinity for Haydn is the centerpiece of his 16-17 season “Haydn Project.” Rabinovich is dedicated to fulfilling his dream of playing all of Haydn’s 45 piano sonatas and is halfway through them. He will perform 15 of the Haydn piano sonatas at the ChamberFest Cleveland Winter Concert Series. He has performed this year at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and at the Tel Aviv Conservatory in Israel, along with upcoming debut appearances with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (November 2017), and the Calgary Philharmonic (May 2017). In 2018 he will play all of the sonatas in fifteen days at the Bath Festival in the UK.

Praised by the New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling,” the eloquent young Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Of Haydn, Rabinovich has said, “He is like a magician who sets up expectations, and when you start following him he completely defies them.”

ChamberFest Cleveland, founded by Franklin Cohen, principal clarinetist emeritus of The Cleveland Orchestra, and his daughter, Diana Cohen, concertmaster of The Calgary Philharmonic, has been gaining high praise as part of the Cleveland arts scene since it began in 2012.

Tickets for the Winter Mini Festival are $35 general admission, $25 for young professionals ages 25 to 35, $12 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under. A subscription to all three concerts is $90. To order in advance call (216) 471-8887. Online tickets sales will begin on October 14th at To learn more about featured soloist Roman Rabinovich and the “Haydn Project,” visit