University of South Carolina

USC's 9th annual Southeastern Piano Festival

The Southeastern Piano Festival, a top destination for young piano talent from across the United States and beyond, will return to the University of South Carolina School of Music June 12-18.

Since it’s inception in 2003, the festival has emerged as one of the region’s major cultural events and as an exceptional training program for pianists in grades 8-12. Students take daily lessons with USC piano faculty, participate in master classes and conversations with distinguished guest artists, and give public performances.

“The Southeastern Piano Festival presents a perfect amalgam of the new generation of piano talent in search of inspiration and challenge, and the world-class guest artists who provide that inspiration,” said Marina Lomazov, festival director, pianist and school of music associate professor. “The attraction of the festival lies in its versatility: The festival offers something for anyone who loves classical piano, whether a budding piano virtuoso, a music lover, or a piano teacher,”

Each day will conclude with an evening recital by a guest artist, USC piano faculty members or festival students. Tickets to the evening recitals can be purchased by calling (803) 576-5763.

This year’s festival will feature even more variety and talent, with master classes and lectures by celebrated master instructor and clinician Nelita True, the Marian Stanley Tucker Guest Lecturer and Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music; and solo recitals by rising stars Dmitri Levkovich and Sejoon Park.

A native of Ukraine, Levkovich has been soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and performed in Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. He has won top prizes in international competitions in Cleveland, Gina Bachauer, Hilton Head, and China, and his music has been performed by orchestras in the United States and Europe.

Park, winner of the festival competition in 2006 and a native of South Korea, has won top awards at the Oberlin Conservatory International Piano Competition, the Eastman International Piano Competition, and the Aspen Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition. He also has been featured on the public radio program, “From the Top.”

This year’s program will showcase the Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow Piano Duo, faculty members at Oberlin College and Conservatory and Music, and the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo, whose performances have become an Internet sensation and mesmerized audiences. According to one reviewer, “Even the most jaded of concert goers sat forward in their seats and dropped their jaws in amazement as these two just re-wrote the book of the tedious concert recital.”

The festival also will feature the favorite piano fireworks gala by USC and festival faculty. The week's events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition. Performing opportunities with South Carolina Philharmonic, the South Carolina Youth Symphony and other organizations await all three top prize winners.

Ticket information can be found at: http://sepf.music.sc.edu/tickets/.

For more information on the 2011 Southeastern Piano Festival, contact Lomazov, festival artistic director, at (803) 777-1209 or mlomazov@mozart.sc.edu.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/11/11 @ 3:00 PM | Updated: 05/20/11 @ 5:22 PM | Permalink