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A rising concert pianist and chamber musician,
Rudin Lengo has been heard in recitals and competitions in Canada and the United States. Winner of the 2012 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition and the 5th Knigge Music Competition, he has won top prizes in several competitions including 2nd Prize at the 40th William C. Byrd International Piano Competition, Mary Winston Smail Memorial Award for Best Pianist at the 2011 WAMSO Minnesota Competition, and 1st Prizes at the 2010 TD Elora Competition, the London Kiwanis Festival’s Rose Bowl, UWO London Music Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Grand Prize at the Rotary Music Festival in Burlington. Mr. Lengo has participated in summer programs and festivals at the Centre d’Arts Orford, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, where he has performed for world-renowned pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Monique Duphil, Anton Kuerti, Jacques Rouvier and John O’Conor.
In 2008, Mr. Lengo completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at Western University on full scholarship, studying with James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton. He received his Master’s Degree in 2010 from the Manhattan School of Music on a President’s Award studying with the esteemed pianist and pedagogue, Daniel Epstein. Now a student of John Perry and David Louie, he is completing an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School on a scholarship sponsored by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.
This past year Mr. Lengo appeared in recitals and competitions in New York’s Steinway Hall, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MacArthur Hall in Flint, Michigan, Roy Barnett Recital Hall in Vancouver, Gateway Theatre in Richmond, and the Elora and Chautaqua Music Festivals. In October, he performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with Orchestra London under the direction of Daniel Warren. While completing his Master’s degree in New York, he collaborated with violinist Mialtin Zhezha, student of Pinchas Zukerman. They were coached by Patinka Kopec and Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, and were finalists in the 2010 Artur Balsam Duo Competition. Other collaborations included a two piano ensemble with Ukrainian-born pianist Illya Filshtinskiy, student of Arkady Aronov. Coached by Marc Silverman and Jon Klibonoff, they performed in recital at Greenfield Hall during the MSM Winter Chamber Festival.
Rudin Lengo began his piano studies at the age of seven at “Servete Maçi” School of Music in Tiranë, Albania, with Nedi Peku as his principal teacher. During his years in Albania, he performed in several competitions, being awarded the Honorary Prize at the EPTA Bach National Festival and 2nd Prize at the Albanian National Competition (Intermediate Division). Graduating at the top of his class, Mr. Lengo showed great promise in his musical talent as well as his academic development.
After immigrating to Canada, he continued his studies under the guidance of James Anagnoson. Alongside the courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music that led him to an ARCT Performer’s Diploma, Mr. Lengo earned a graduating average of 99% at George Harvey Collegiate Institute, the 2nd highest in the Greater Toronto Area, and was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal and the University of Toronto National Book Award for his academic achievements.
Mr. Lengo has been the recipient of over 50 awards and scholarships for his musical and academic accomplishments, including the F. K. Ashbaugh President’s Entrance Scholarship (Univeristy of Western Ontario), 2004 Miller Thomson National Scholarship, Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarship, Silver Jubilee Award of Excellence and the Chawkers Foundation Scholarship.