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Southeastern Piano Festival

The Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States.

Marina Lomazov, Artistic Director
Joseph Rackers, Program Director

2017 Festival dates

June 18–24, 2017


The Southeastern Piano Festival is solely supported through generous contributions from people like you. Many Festival concerts are sold-out affairs. You can ensure that you will have a seat at the next outstanding concert by making a contribution to the festival. Your support will allow the University of South Carolina School of Music to continue to bring the festival to you. To make a contribution, please contact Polly Laffitte, 803-777-4337, or you may contribute online here.

The 2017 lineup of guest stars

The 2017 Southeastern Piano Festival has a stellar lineup of guest artists you will not want to miss:


2017 Guest Artists

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has appeared on NPR and MTV, recorded Billboard chart-topping albums, toured worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists, and released Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos viewed by millions.

Frederic Chiu

Frederic Chiu

Frederic Chiu's intriguing piano-playing and teaching springs from a diverse set of experiences and interests: his Asian/American/European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection.

Washington Garcia

Washington Garcia

As the winner of the Harrison Winter at the Peabody Institute, Dr. García was selected to perform with the Peabody Concert Orchestra. He was also a top prizewinner at the Yale Gordon Piano Competition and the Russell Wonderlic Piano Competition.

Vadym Kholodenko

Vadym Kholodenko

Winner of the 2013 Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kholodenko has begun to forge an international career throughout Europe, Asia and North America to great critical acclaim.

Boris Slutsky

Boris Slutsky

Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wihelm Backhaus Award.

Barry Snyder

Barry Snyder

Winner of three major prizes in the 1966 Van Cliburn International Competition (silver medal, Pan American Union and chamber music), Barry Snyder has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America performing and teaching.

Ilana Vered

Ilana Vered

The name Ilana Vered is synonymous with vibrant piano virtuosity since the earliest days of this compelling artist's career. "Shattering," "magnificent," "dazzling," "splendid" are words critics have used the world over to describe Ilana Vered on the concert stage.

Ināra Zandmane

Ināra Zandmane

Now entering her seventh year as the second pianist for the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition concerto performances, Inara Zandmane was born in the capital of Latvia, Riga and started playing the piano at the age of six. She has been the staff accompanist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2003, performing up to 50 recitals per year. Ms. Zandmane is frequently invited to serve as an official accompanist at national competitions and conferences.

 

Konzert Kidz

Konzert Kidz, a new initiative begun last summer, becomes a regular SEPF program and continues with concerts throughout the year. Designed to attract young audiences to concert halls, Konzert Kidz gives children life-long appreciation of the live music experience. More than 100 families signed up to participate in the event at last year’s Piano Fireworks concert, allowing children to come on stage and interact with the Steinway Grands after the festival’s opening concert. Learn more.

About the Festival

The Southeastern Piano Festival is a high-level training platform for young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond.

Twenty of some of the best precollege pianists on the piano scene today take part in a rigorous program that includes daily lessons with USC piano faculty, master classes with guest artists and up to five hours of practice a day.

The week's events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges. Winners of the competition receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic.

For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists.

The Southeastern Piano Festival presents a perfect symbiosis of the new generation of pianists in search of inspiration and challenge and the world-class guest artists who provide that inspiration.

The attraction of the Festival lies in its versatility: whether you're a budding piano virtuoso, an educator or a music aficionado, the Festival offers something for everyone who loves piano.