“One of Russia`s greatest pianists”, said The Dallas Morning News
Fellowship, autographs and reception following the concert, dynamically called “Musical March Madness!”.
Mr. Ratser was awarded the First Prize in Moscow’s All-Soviet union Rachmaninoff Competition. Three years later he received First Prize in Budapest’s Liszt International Jubilee Competition. For several years, Mr. Ratser performed, both in recital and with symphony orchestras, across the Soviet Union, as well as on Soviet radio and television. He attained recognition as one of the few pianists to include in his regularly performed repertoire the complete works for piano and orchestra of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
In 1990, Mr. Ratser formally was added to the roster entitled “Soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic”, and in the same year he first performed outside the former Soviet Union, with the Austin, Texas Symphony Orchestra. He was returned to perform in the United States each season since his American debut. In the United States, he has performed at Kennedy Center three times with the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich, in solo appearance at Carnegie Hall in New-York, and with symphony orchestras in over thirty-five cities.