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Extravaganza Concert

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.

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 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.

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!

Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher

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

Alexander Korsantia

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

  Andrew Tyson  

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

Ingrid Jacoby

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

Ilana Vered

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

Zachary Hughes

Zachary Hughes

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

Leo Svirsky

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.

Susan Zhang

Susan Zhang

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 7:30 p.m. 

 



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