When Sam Rotman made his debut at the age of 16 with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 6,000 people, the Baldwin Keynote Magazine wrote, 'Sam Rotman is a pianist with abundant potential.' Mr. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City. While a student, he was the recipient of nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships, and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. The most prestigious award was that of Laureate Winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Rotman participated in the 6th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. He has given over 1900 performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Africa, South Africa, Europe and Asia, totaling 57 countries. In the summer of 1970, Mr. Rotman traveled to Europe for the first time and lived in Paris for four months where he prepared for concerts celebrating the bi-centennial of the birth of Beethoven. That summer in Paris made a great impression on him. Since then he has had a strong affinity for French music. He has given more concerts in France than in any other country except the United States. Even musicians, professors, and critics in France have noted the unique qualities of Mr. Rotman's performance of French music. This all-Debussy recording includes four of his most famous character pieces as well as 12 well-known Preludes taken from Books One and Two. Mr. Rotman has released four recordings. Portrait of a Piano includes the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, Impressions: Piano Portraits of Claude Debussy, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Rachmaninoff Piano Works, and his most recent recording is The Piano Music of Beethoven, including the Moonlight and Pathetique Sonatas.