STAWELL - Internationally renowned pianist and virtuoso Roman Rudnytsky performed for an intimate gathering at the Stawell Entertainment Centre recently.
Stawell Regional Arts committee member Brenda Clark said it was a wonderful performance.
"He is a wonderful performer, he didn't use any music at all, before each piece he explained it and in the end got a standing ovation," she said.
"I thought the most interesting moment was when someone asked him whether he was going to have a practice," she said.
"He said whatever would you need to practice for?"
Mrs Clark said at the intermission Rudnytsky mixed with the 50 guests who attended, signing CDs and giving them the chance to ask questions.
"At the interval we had coffee, tea and cakes, those who missed out, missed out on a real treat," she said.
Rudnytsky is an American concert pianist of Ukrainian background whose performances have taken him all over the world.
A graduate of the famous Juilliard School in New York, he is one of the most-travelled of concert pianists, having played concerts in over 95 countries.
In addition to performances in capital cities and important musical centres, he often plays in places away from the musical mainstream, bringing the world and pleasure of classical music to audiences which seldom experience this type of music in live performance.
Born in New York into a prominent Ukrainian musical family, Roman Rudnytsky started the study of piano at age four and gave his first recital at age seven.
Rudnytsky has been coming to Australia for concert tours every two years since 1979 and has played more concerts here than in any other overseas country.
This year's tour of Australia is his largest to date and has a total of 43 concerts and will go through to September.
Rudnytsky said he would definitely be back in a couple of years.