Ariel Rudiakov, Viola
“Reminiscent of a Young Colin Davis”- New York Concert Review
Born in Indianapolis, IN violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov is currently co- Artistic Director of Taconic Music, Inc., Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (CT) Symphony Orchestra and conductor and chamber music coach for the University of Indianapolis. He holds degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s masters program, studying chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet.
In both capacities, Rudiakov enjoys a wide-ranging and diverse musical life; performing throughout the USA and abroad with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Andre Michel Schub, Warren Jones and many others. He is a former member of the New York Piano Quartet, and a founding member of SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City). He has been on the conducting staff of Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute and coached chamber music and taught viola at Manhattan School of Music (Pre-College). Wide-ranging guest conducting appearances have included the Antara Ensemble, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bergen and Yonkers Philharmonics and others. He has taught and performed chamber music at the High Peaks, Bennington Conference, Rockport Chamber Music festivals and elsewhere.
Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens, and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini.
Ariel resides in Manchester, VT and Yonkers, NY with his wife, violinist Joana Genova and their two children; Michael Arthur and Liliana Judith. He playes a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.