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
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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, 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
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.