2015 Festival dates
June 14–21, 2015
2015 Festival guest artists announced
Distinguished Guest Artist - Yoheved Kaplinsky
View detailed information about the Festival at the Southeastern Piano Festival website.
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
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.
2014 Southeastern Piano Festival offers outstanding lineup of guest stars
June 15 – 22, 2014
The Festival is partnering with the South Carolina Philharmonic for a Piano Extravaganza
concert on June 15 featuring Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, Phillip Bush, Charles Fugo, guest soloists and Morihiko Nakahara, conductor.
Concerts will take place at the Koger Center for the Arts, the Columbia Museum of
Art, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Tickets can be purchased at www.capitoltickets.com.
The 2014 Southeastern Piano Festival has a stellar lineup of guest artists you will
not want to miss!
Our special guest is legendary pianist Leon Fleisher, a recipient of the Kennedy Center
Honors. In July 2013, Sony Classical released a 23-CD box set spanning the pianist’s
groundbreaking recording for the Columbia/Epic and Sony Classical labels from 1954-2009.
He has performed in all of the world’s major music centers to great acclaim and his
definitive recordings encompass repertoire from the five Beethoven Concerti to chamber
music and numerous solo releases.
Alexander Korsantia won the gold medal in the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition
and first prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. He recently performed
at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Stresa Festival in Italy and
with the Kirov Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, Oslo
Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony. His concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. June 19
at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Andrew Tyson is winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and
the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has performed recently with the Kansas
City Symphony and Colorado Symphony in addition to a tour of the United Kingdom with
the Halle Orchestra. He performs June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral.
Ingrid Jacoby is winner the Steinway Hall Artists Prize, the Baldwin National Piano
Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Concert Artists
Guild Award. She’s performed in recent seasons with the London Symphony Orchestra,
London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra and at the Salzburg
Music Festival, among numerous others. She performs at the University of South Carolina
School of Music Recital Hall June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Ilana Vered has had a long career that includes performing with the New York Philharmonic,
the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland
Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony and under the batons
of Leopold Stokowski, Sir George Solti and Michael Tilson Thomas. Her extensive recording
career (much of it for the Decca/London label) includes Brahms Concerto No.2, the
complete Chopin Etudes, Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2, Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1, Mozart
Concerto No. 21 and No. 23 and the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concerti. She
will give a master class at 11 a.m. June 21 at the University of South Carolina School
of Music Recital Hall.
Featured Alumni of the Southeastern Piano Festival
A native of Los Osos, California, and the First Prize Winner of the 2011 Arthur Fraser
International Concerto Competition, pianist Zachary Hughes has been captivating audiences
with his musical empathy and nobility. He has studied with Ann Holler, Fabio Parrini
and Chih-Long Hu, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in piano
performance under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard School. Hughes
is active on the competition scene and has been an MTNA state winner in both Tennessee
and South Carolina. He was also awarded top prize at the 2010 Lee University Piano
Competition, the 2011 Bristol Music Club Scholarship Competition, and the St. Andrews
Arts Council 2012 International Piano Competition. He performs at the Alumni Celebration
Concert on Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Leo Svirsky is a pianist, composer and accordionist currently based in the Hague.
He is a multiple-time winner of the Southeastern piano festival's Arthur Fraser Competition.
Svirsky is active in new and improvised music scenes, as well as interpreting the
standard piano repertoire. He has taken master classes with many leading musicians
and has premiered new works by composers such as Michael Pisaro, Peter Adriaansz,
Cornelis de Bondt, David Pocknee, Maya Verlaak, and Robert Blatt. His performance
of Veryan Weston’s large-scale open form piece "Tessellations" was recently released
by the British improv label Emanem. His own composition “Songs in the Key of Survival”
was released on Ehse Records. Svirsky is currently studying at the Royal Conservatory
of the Hague. Svirsky is appearing at "SEPF on the Road" concert on Monday, June 16
at 4:30 at CityArt gallery.
Acclaimed as a pianist with "astounding musical authority" (Columbia Free Times),
Susan Zhang made her orchestral debut at the age of 12 with the Augusta Symphony.
She has also been featured as a soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. In July 2011, she gave a solo recital at the Qingshan
Theatre in Wuhan, China, and her performance was featured on the Wuhan local news.
In January 2012, Zhang went on a concert tour in Caracas, Venezuela, performing in
the city’s famous El Cerrito and the Escuela de Música Mozarteum. She has been a top
prizewinner of many competitions and has participated in prestigious music festivals,
including Pianofest in the Hamptons (NY), Banff Piano Master Class (Canada), Burgos
International Music Festival (Spain), Brevard Music Center (NC), and the Southeastern
Piano Festival (SC). In the summer of 2012 she was invited to return to the Southeastern
Piano Festival to perform as a guest artist in the festival’s Tenth Anniversary Piano
Extravaganza. She performs at the Alumni Celebration Concert on Monday, June 16 at