P I A N O   3 0 0
Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


Patrick Rucker


Patrick Rucker is Project Director and Co-Curator of the Smithsonian's "PIANO 300: Three Centuries of People and Pianos" exhibition.

A native Texan, he studied piano at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, The Juilliard School in New York, and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest under Lili Kraus, Ferenc Rados, Eva Kovalik, and Nina Svetlanova.

Since his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1980, Rucker has presented the twentieth-century premieres of several neglected Liszt works in the US and Europe and written widely on the Hungarian master.

Prior to his arrival at the National Museum of American History's Division of Cultural History in 1995, Rucker was Director of Development Communications at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center for eight years. With Smithsonian Productions and Maryland Public Television, he has developed the PIANO 300 performance special, "Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration," and documentary for PBS broadcast. At NMAH he also served as director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society.


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