John Rusnak - Visionmark Records

Chopin Etudes, Opus 10 and Opus 25 (SKU 0-69804-7270-25)
J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (SKU 0-69804-7271-25)

John Rusnak is a pianist and composer residing in Los Angeles. His work is featured in motion pictures and television, and he is much in demand as a studio recording musician. Recognized as a solo artist, his critically acclaimed Visionmark Records CDs of the Chopin Etudes, and the J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations, are staples of the classical music genre. Both recordings were featured on different episodes of the CW smash hit TV series Smallville. In 2017, he was the credited pianist for the scores of the Glasscore Entertainment movie Slipaway, the Hinterland Studio release The Long Dark, MGM's Max 2: White House Hero, and the LIGHTBEAMedia Productions film How I Got Here: The Story Of The Thief On The Cross, starring Stephen Baldwin. He recorded with orchestra for the 2016 Jampa Films release PAPA, and the 2013 PBS Civil War picture Rebel. His credited performance of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, Adagio cantabile, was recorded for the 2010 Lleju-Sony Pictures release Unthinkable, starring Samuel L. Jackson, which was scored by noted Hollywood composer Graeme Revell. 

John's performance of Chopin was recorded for the "lost" Vincent Gallo movie Johnny 316, which was distributed in the U.S. in 2013. He recorded with orchestra for the soundtrack of the 2011 film The Washingtons of Sulgrave Manor. In addition, his credited solo playing is heard throughout the highly acclaimed 2007 film Steal A Pencil For Me, which was screened at the UN and theaters nationwide. This movie was directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Michele Ohayon, with an original score by award winning composer Joseph Julian Gonzalez.  John's solo performance of Chopin was recorded for the Showtime movie Down Came A Blackbird, and the USA TV series Highlander. His solo jazz and improvisational piano playing is heard in the Canal+ movie Chinese Box, and the Hollywood Pictures film The Tie That Binds

John Rusnak's Visionmark Records CD of the J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations was featured on the hit CW Network TV series Smallville, on October 19th, 2006. Track 22 of his recording of the Goldberg Variations, Variation 21: Canon On The Seventh, was heard during the opening scene of the episode "Arrow." Track 3 of his popular solo Visionmark Records Chopin Etudes CD, Opus 10, No.3 in E Major: Lento, ma non troppo, was also featured on the TV show Smallville, beginning the episode "Bound." John's CD of the Chopin Etudes, Opus 10 and Opus 25, was released on Visionmark Records, and was recorded at legendary Ocean Studios in Los Angeles. This live studio recording is presented with No Digital Editing™. A bold, alternative recording of Chopin's beloved Etudes, this CD was recorded and released without tape splices, overdubs, note corrections, or computer edits. John's Visionmark Records release of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, was also recorded with No Digital Editing™. 

Classical Music Director Peter Wells of described John Rusnak's recording of Chopin Etudes as "sheer exuberance and optimism," and wrote of his Goldberg Variations as having "reverence and fire." A reviewer on eMusic says of the Chopin: "Passion, sturm und drang, true romanticism. It does not get much better than this." Top Ten Reviewer Grady Harp writes that John's recording of the Chopin Etudes "ring with conviction and a fine degree of precision and heart that is too often lost in the computerized renditions available from the big name pianists."

John was a winner of the prestigious Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, was a first prize winner of the Keynotes of Music for Mt. Lebanon Competition, and he was a competitor in the International Bach Competition. 

Vatican - Christmas Eve Photograph by Petrie Alexandra

John's many live performances include an internationally televised Papal concert at the Vatican on the last Christmas Day of the past Millennium. In 2016, he was a soloist with the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra (LAV), under the direction of Carlo Ponti, performing harpsichord on Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante. Since 2015, John has performed and/or recorded as a piano accompanist for many international artists including Metropolitan Opera star tenor Vittorio Grigolo, multi-platinum selling Australian pop vocalist Delta Goodrem, and classical crossover vocalist Hayley Westenra. In 2013, he performed solo concerts at the Pasadena Steinway Gallery and the Piedmont Piano Company. He also performed the Shostakovich Piano and Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 35 with the St. John Fisher Music Guild Orchestra. He has in recent years performed the Finzi Eclogue for Piano and Strings, Opus 10. His recorded playing styles are vast, including classical, pop, jazz, Broadway and rock. He performed solo concerts for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Encore Society, in 2006 and 2009.

As a composer, John has recently scored the trailer music for the upcoming movie 40 Days Road, a drama set in Africa. He composed a work for brass, Fanfare For The New Dawn. In 2016, his work Excursion for Organ and Brass: Winter of 2016 was also premiered. He composed an original piano piece for the 2017 film The Sour Science, a boxing drama directed by Ric Perez-Selsky. John is also a successful pop songwriter, and his songs have been recorded by such amazing artists as Grammy® Winner Siedah Garrett, Lauren Frost, and jazz vocalist Sharmila G. Lash.  His work has been published by Warner Brothers Publications, Bourne Company and OCP. 

John is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied under Nelson Whitaker.

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