Pianist Daniel Pollack attends the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

Renowned pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Daniel Pollack, was an honored participant at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in November. At the inaugural forum in 2016, Pollack became the first recipient of the exceptional designation, “The Forum Ambassador,” granted to Russian and foreign prominent culture and arts experts.

At the 2017 forum, Pollack took part in several panels and also introduced the Forum’s 2017 Honorary Ambassador awardee.

L-R: Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Daniel Pollack, and wife Noemi Pollack, CEO of The Pollack PR Marketing Group, at the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
L-R: Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Daniel Pollack, and wife Noemi Pollack, CEO of The Pollack PR Marketing Group, at the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

L-R: Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Daniel Pollack, and wife Noemi Pollack, CEO of The Pollack PR Marketing Group, at the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

Daniel Pollack congratulates Justine Waddell of the Kino Klasskika Foundation, the 2017 Honorary Ambassador, at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
Daniel Pollack congratulates Justine Waddell of the Kino Klasskika Foundation, the 2017 Honorary Ambassador, at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

Daniel Pollack congratulates Justine Waddell of the Kino Klasskika Foundation, the 2017 Honorary Ambassador, at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

Daniel Pollack at the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
Daniel Pollack at the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

Daniel Pollack at the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

The American-born pianist embarked on a warm and longstanding relationship with Russian audiences after his legendary 1958 performance at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He spoke about these cultural ties – and his experiences at the St. Petersburg Forum – in an interview with USC News last year.