Neil Rutman

Neil Rutman

Conway pianist and University of Central Arkansas Artist in Residence Neil Rutman offers Arkansas enthralling live keyboard concerts, with a wide range of styles and repertoire.  The Arkansas Democrat Gazette has written, "Hats off, gentleman, a genius!” The Washington Post has written that his "...playing met the highest standards and his spotless articulation gave the whole program unusual polish and virtuoso marks,” and the New York Times stated that “he won the audience over for himself with exquisite performances both commanding and full of character.”

As concert artist, Neil Rutman has performed in over thirty countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has appeared in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan, and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. Concert tours in the last five years have taken him to the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Persian Gulf. 

Rutman has also distinguished himself as a top prize winner in several international competitions, including the Busoni, Kapell, Casadesus, Joanna Hodges, and Concert Artist Guild Competitions. He received first prize for his performance of the “Goldberg Variations” at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, and recently, first prizes in two categories at the French Piano Institute International Competition in Paris. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and for Artistic Excellence from the Astral Foundation of Philadelphia.  Among his recordings are two Mozart Piano Concerti with the Academy of London Orchestra, an all Poulenc CD with Emmy Award winning actor Tony Randall providing the narration in “The Story of Babar the Little Elephant,” and an all-Chopin release on the Pro Musica label.  He is the author of the 2014 book Poetic Images from the Piano Literature.

Rutman is an enthusiastic and devoted teacher, with students winning top prizes in numerous competitions, including the East West Artist Auditions in New York City, the Clara Wells International Competition, and the MTNA. 

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Region: Central
Discipline: Music: Solo Instrumentalists
Fees: $2,500 - $3,500 / evening or afternoon performance or children's program $500 - $700 / workshop or master class
Availability: Year-round
Requirements: Tuned grand piano.


Neil Rutman
Conway, AR 72032
(501) 470-5821
[email protected]

Neil Rutman