Mano and Brigitta Solinski play key role in pianists' careers
The Solinskis also support the Piano Arts Consortium in Hilton Head Island, which encourages young pianists to give back by returning to play when invited. Two University of South Carolina musical performance majors, both seniors who played during an October consortium concert, are Sonya Schumann and Susan Zhang. Mano Solinski complimented their concert performance -- particularly the second half when they received a standing ovation for their fourhand (duet-style) rendition of Brahm's Hungarian Dance No. 5.
"Our emphasis is on developing the concert performance skills of pianists, part of which requires an individualized style while ensuring that they receive some type of payment to ensure their growth as professionals," Mano Solinski said.
Schumann and Zhang are both under Lomazov's studio direction and competed in the Southeastern Piano Festival in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Schumann took first place while Zhang finished second the next year.
Zhang said she appreciates the Solinskis' overall contributions during her four years of knowing them. Support for her and her peers has meant personal engagements with the Solinskis at concert venues in Columbia, Augusta, and beyond.
"The support that the Solinskis have given me provides strong encouragement toward my career as a pianist," Zhang said. "Their kind of feedback helps keep me motivated."
Zhang grew up in Augusta, Ga., and has performed with the S.C. Philharmonic twice. She has also performed with the Augusta Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. The October Piano Arts Consortium recital was her first time performing in Savannah.