SEPF 2020 continues with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition

It is with sadness that we announce the concerts of 2020 Southeastern Piano Festival are cancelled due to ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, as well as the University of South Carolina decision to cancel all public events and in-person instruction until at least August 1.

We are, however, thrilled to announce that the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition will continue in a revised format. Our top priority remains to educate, promote and present the next generation of musical artistry and it is in this spirit that the competition will continue with a recorded round in June in which 6 participants will be chosen to continue on to the live round at the University of South Carolina which will take place during the Fall of 2020. Prizes in the competition will remain the same, including the unique opportunity for the winner to perform a concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. We look forward to hosting the finalists this Fall!

We are deeply thankful to our patrons, without whom the festival would not be able to flourish and continue in the revised format. Thank you to all of you who has supported the festival this year already and those who have pledged your support. We are working very hard to continue bringing quality programming to you, to our city and to our community. Stay tuned for more information!

Our gratitude goes out to the 2020 Southeastern Piano Festival Guest Artists Richard Goode, Fabio Bidini, Awadagin Pratt, Haesun Paik, Natalya Antonova, Sean Chen, and Yaron Kohlberg for their dedication to their art, their compassion, and their understanding. We have already gotten commitments from many of our artists to return in 2021, including the incomparable artist Richard Goode. Also as part of our 2021 season, we look forward to the return of our SEPF Alumni Avery Gagliano, Baron Cao, Leo Svirsky and The Concert Truck with Nick Luby and Susan Zhang!

Please give our 2020 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition participants a warm welcome and watch our website and social media platforms for videos and photos that feature these young talented pianists!

(left to right) Marco Jimenez Katie Liu Lucas Amory Karina Tseng

Emma Taggart Ryan Sheng Rebekah Hong Sydney Levey

Trung Nguyen Natalie Zhang Caleb Borick Andrew Shi

Charles Li Jackson Naglick Shiv Yajnik Angelina Ning

Maxine Park Ben Hoang Josephine Chou Malvyn Lai

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Apply Now for the 2020 Southeastern Piano Festival

With a world-renowned line-up of guest artists, including Richard Goode, Awadagin Pratt, Fabio Bidibi, Haesun Paik, Yaron Kohlberg, Natalya Antonova, Sean Chen, and returning again this year, The Concert Truck, participants and audiences can expect another fantastic year at the 2020 Southeastern Piano Festival!

The Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition offers over $10,000 in prizes. The First Prize Winner will perform a complete concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic in the Masterworks concert series during the 2021/2022 season. Second and Third Prize Winners may have opportunities to perform with the SC Philharmonic or SC Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the discretion of the SC Philharmonic Music Director. Additional prizes include best performance of a contemporary work, discretionary awards and Young Jury Award.  All prizewinners of the competition will also be eligible to pass the preliminary round of YoungArts Foundation auditions.

The Southeastern Piano Festival has become a platform for many aspiring performers and has enhanced the study and careers of many competitors and participants, including first prize winner of the 2017 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, Catherine Huang, who subsequently became the Gold Winner of YoungArts.  “The Southeastern Piano Festival was a very eye-opening, rewarding, and special experience. Every aspect of it—taking private lessons and studio classes with faculty, attending masterclasses by esteemed guest artists, hearing world-class pianists perform live in concert, performing at the On-The-Road Concert, receiving feedback from the competition jury, befriending fellow participants, many of whom I still keep in touch with—helped me grow as both a musician and a person, and very rarely can a young musician receive all these special experiences within a single festival. The aspect of the festival that was most special to me was the privilege of attending nightly concerts by world-class artists. Since all the festival participants sat together in the audience, we collectively felt the excitement of hearing our idols live, later (during intermission and after each concert) expressing admiration for the enchanting music we just heard, and meeting the artists in person. SEPF gave me not just a prize in the competition but more importantly a plethora of new musical and artistic insight, a stronger appreciation for classical music and resolve to keep the art form at the foreground, and a new, supportive musical family” says Huang. Another SEPF alumni Eric Lu, a prizewinner at the 2013 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, was announced First Prize winner at the 2019 Leeds International Piano Competition.

During the Festival, participants will have the opportunity to attend exciting evening concerts, lectures, and play for masterclasses offered by the esteemed guest artists. Participants will also participate in daily lessons and studio classes with the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina, including Phillip Bush, Charles Fugo, and SEPF directors Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers. The festival, which takes place June 13-21, holds a special place in the South Carolina musical and cultural community. The festival provides an opportunity for pre-college students to perform, learn, network, and most importantly become part of a large family with ties and opportunities that continue far into their musical future.

Apply now to become a part of the wonderfully diverse and special Southeastern Piano Festival family! Applications close March 9, 2020. For more information, please visit our website. You can also follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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2019 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition Winners Announced!

It has been an exhilarating day of inspiring and thoughtful performances. After the jury’s deliberation, the long-awaited results were announced as follows:

First Prize – Jessica Zhang

Second Prize – Caleb Borick

Third Prize – Solomon Ge

Discretionary Awards:

– Josephine Chou

– Ben Hoang

– Shiv Yajnik

Young Jury Award – Caleb Borick

Best Solo Work – Caleb Borick

Best Contemporary Work (after 1990) – Shiv Yajnik

Congratulations to all participants for their incredible performances, hard work and dedication!

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2019 Arthur Fraser Int’l Piano Competition streaming live

The Arthur Fraser Int’l Piano Competition is streaming live.
Watch the competition live here on June 21, 2019.

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Jury:
Yoheved Kaplinsky (The Juilliard School)
Alan Chow (Eastman School of Music)
Raymond Herbert (Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri)
Morihiko Nakahara (Music Director, South Carolina Philharmonic)
Jon Nakamatsu (Gold Medalist, 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition)

Young Jury:
Louie Hehman, chair
Nick Zehao Bai
Inhye Cho
Kelly Qin Ouyang
Natsumi Takai
Qiwen Wan

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The single tickets are now on sale!

Single tickets are now on sale for the evening concerts!  The concerts sell out fast, so check out our amazing line-up in Concert Schedule and purchase your tickets today.  _DSC3864.jpg

As always, we open with immensely popular Piano Extravaganza Concert on Sunday, June 16, 4 P.M., in Johnson Performance Hall (Darla Moore School of Business).
June 17-20, Monday-Thursday, we are honored and proud to present Conrad Tao, Jon Nakamatsu, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung and Marc-André Hamelin in evening concerts.  Each one of those names is a legend in the piano world.

Sunday, June 16, 2019
PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA
The Southeastern Piano Festival opens with a traditionally sold-out  Piano Extravaganza Gala, featuring multiple pianos, piano faculty,  SEPF alumni and guests.
4:00 PM
Moore School of Business, Johnson Performance Hall
Admission: $20, $5 for students and free for children under 18

Monday, June 17, 2019
Piano X Inaugurating Concert
CONRAD TAO
Piano recital reimagined with a rising star of the New York City music scene.
7:30 PM
Columbia Museum of Art
Admission: $20, $5 for students and free for children under 18

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
ALESSIO BAX AND LUCILLE CHUNG
Award-winning piano duo present classic and modern gems.
7:30 PM
School of Music Recital Hall
Admission: $20, $5 for students and free for children under 18

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
JON NAKAMATSU
Gold Medalist, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
7:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Admission: $20, $5 for students and free for children under 18

Thursday, June 20, 2019
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN
World-renown piano virtuoso performs piano masterpieces.
7:30 PM
Admission: $20, $5 for students and free for children under 18

Friday, June 21, 2019
ARTHUR FRASER INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Sponsored by the Symphony League of South Carolina

Morning Session: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Evening Session: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Jury: VEDA KAPLINKSY, chair
ALAN CHOW
RAYMOND HERBERT
JOHN NAKAMATSU
MORIHIKO NAKAHARA

School of Music Recital Hall
Admission: Free

Saturday, June 22, 2019
MASTERCLASSES

10:00 AM – Raymond Herbert
11:00 AM – Jon Nakamatsu
3:00 PM – Veda Kaplinsky
4:00 PM – Alan Chow

School of Music Recital Hall

Admission: Free

Saturday, June 22, 2019
WINNERS RECITAL
Performances by the winners of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.
7:30 PM
School of Music Recital Hall
Admission: $10, $5 for students and free for children under 18

 

 

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2019 SEPF Guest Artists Announced!

The Southeastern Piano Festival is delighted to announce 2019 Guest Artists Marc-André Hamelin, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jon Nakamatsu, the piano duo of Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, Alan Chow, and Conrad Tao.  Taking place June 16-23 on campus of the University of South Carolina and other concert venues in Columbia, SC, the festival serves a dual mission, to present world-renown pianists to audience across South Carolina and beyond and to provide a training platform for twenty of the most gifted pre-college pianists from across the United States.

Presenting evening concerts are Marc-André Hamelin, known worldwide for his consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the piano repertoire; Jon Nakamatsu, an international artist known for the excitement and elegance of his solo, concerto, and chamber performances; the piano duo of Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, whose careers as solo and duo pianists have taken them around the world; and pianist/composer Conrad Tao, dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times.

“We are thrilled to present world-class guest artists to audiences across the Southeast and the 2019 festival promises be an incredible week of music.”, says Artistic Director Joseph Rackers.  “These wonderful musicians bring virtuosity, artistry and insight to their performances and are sure to inspire audiences and students alike”.

_DSC5010 (1)Masterclasses will be presented by Yoheved Kaplinsky, Chair of the Piano Department at the Juilliard School in New York; Alan Chow, who has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and is professor piano at the Eastman School of Music; and Raymond Herbert, former Chair of the piano department at the University of Missouri and teacher of prizewinning students across the country.  The festival culminates with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition on June 21, 2019.

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A new unique initiative at the 2019 Piano Festival is Piano XThis initiative aims to explore and showcase new voices, new formats and the new direction the piano can take as a solo and collaborative instrument in today’s live music scene.  Headlined by Conrad Tao, who will perform an evening recital on Monday, June 17, the initiative will also include presentations, workshops, and open panel discussions by David Cutler, a composer, pianist, author and a leading figure in the bourgeoning field  of music entrepreneurship, Leo Svirsky, past winner of the festival, and a pianist and composer with unique and innovative voice, and Susan Zhang, also past winner of the festival, who together with her partner, Nick Luby, co-founded “The Concert Truck”.  “This new endeavor has been in the development for several years.”, says Artistic Director Marina Lomazov. ” The ‘X’ in Piano X stands for ‘unknown factor’, and it also stands for exploration, experimentation. excitement.  The festival is eager to showcase and support those who find new paths or see the familiar through a different lens.”

For more information, please visit our website, or browse our Facebook or Instagram pages. To watch performances from previous Southeastern Piano Festival guest artists and competitors, visit our Youtube page.

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2018 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition Winners Announced!

It has been an exhilarating day of great performances and emotional highlights.  Finally, the jury came out of deliberations to deliver the following results to a great cheer from the crowd.

First Prize – Yerin Yang

Second Prize – Jason Lin
Third Prize – Keona Rose
Discretionary Awards:
– Christian Chiu
– Isabelle Lian
– Jessica Zhang
Young Jury Award – Yerin Yang
Best Solo Work – Yerin Yang

Best Contemporary Work (after 1990) – Jason Lin

Congratulations to all participants for their incredible performances, hard work and dedication!

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2018 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition will be streaming live this Friday

The week of the piano festival always goes by too fast and before we know it, it’s time for the participants to showcase their talents and skills in the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.  As in years past, it will be streamed live on Friday – just visit our SEPF Youtube page. Below is the order and times of the performances for the participants.  Their names and repertoire will be displayed on the stream.

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Southeastern Piano Festival wishes all participants best of luck in their preparations and performances.  We are all looking forward to hearing you perform!

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KonZert KidZ@SEPF

KonzertWhiteKonZert KidZ, an initiative begun in summer of 2016, became a full-fledged movement over the past two years with over 300 children and adults attending concerts at the Southeastern Piano Festival and during regular concert seasons, with free tickets for  kids and reduced ticket prices for adults.  Designed to attract young audiences to concert halls, KonZert KidZ gives children the foundation for a life-long appreciation of the concert experience. The program is back this June for the Southeastern Piano Festival, June 17-23, with family-friendly concerts, all week long.

Sign up here to receive all the benefits of being a KonZert Kid

  • Receive one HALF-OFF adult ticket when you register 2 children under 18 to each concert and one FREE adult ticket when you sign up three children to attend an event.
  • Receive KonZert Kid certificate
  • Collect 5 starts on your certificate to receive a prize
  • come backstage and shake hands with the artist, take a picture with them or get their autograph
  • be a star – try out a Steinway grand on stage (Extravaganza Concert only)
To claim your tickets, visit the Will Call table before each performance and present the confirmation email you receive after registering.  After the concert, be sure to get your free certificate or collect another star at the merchandise table!
In a week that transforms Columbia into an international piano center, become a KonZert Kid at this year’s piano festival!

Upcoming Konzert Kidz concerts are:

Sunday, June 17, 4:00 PM
Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
The 2018 Southeastern Piano Festival kicks-off with five pianos on stage featuring SEPF faculty Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, Charles Fugo, and Philip Bush, festival alumni Aleksandra Kasman, Hugo Kitano, Vanessa Haynes and special guests. Children will be invited to join us on stage afterwards.
Monday, June 18, 7:30pm 
USC School of Music Recital Hall
Russian-American composer and concert pianist Lera Auerbach is one of today’s most sought after and exciting creative voices, and has published more than 100 works for opera, ballet, orchestra, and chamber music.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2017, 7:30pm
USC School of Music Recital Hall
Winner of the 2011 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University, Albright was also named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Wednesday, June 20, 4:30pm
USC School of Music Recital Hall
An afternoon concert filled with piano masterpieces. Free!

Wednesday, June 20, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Mr. Pompa-Baldi appears regularly at the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Marina Lomazov, SEPF Artistic Director, at 2016 SEPF Piano Extravaganza with KonZert KidZWith Konzert Kidz

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Tickets on sale now for 2018 SEPF!

The 2018 Southeastern Piano Festival kicks-off on Sunday, June 17 at 4:00 PM, with five pianos on stage featuring SEPF faculty Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, Charles Fugo, and Philip Bush, festival alumni Aleksandra Kasman and Hugo Kitano and special guests at the Johnson Performance Hall, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.
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Monday, June 18, 7:30 PM, School of Music Recital Hall, Lera Auerbach premieres her new work for piano solo inspired by the Pictures at an Exhibition, followed by the Mussorgsky masterpiece itself. This concert throws a spotlight on how the visual and music art forms influence and affect one another. On Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 PM, School of Music Recital Hall, Charlie Albright, the winner of the 2011 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University will perform works by Chopin, as well as his own compositions and improvisations. At the Episcopal Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 PM, Silver Medalist of Van Cliburn Int’l Piano Competition, Antonio Pompa-Baldi presents a brilliant display of rare gems by Chopin, Medtner, Rubinstein, Poulenc, and new works inspired by Edith Piaf songs. Simone Dinnerstein will be presenting Bach’s towering masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations, on Thursday, June 21, 7:30 pm at the Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Music.
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Another not to be missed concert, the Featured Alumni Showcase, will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 4:30 PM, at the School of Music Recital Hall. Aleksandra Kasman and Hugo Kitano will share an afternoon concert filled with piano masterpieces. This concert will be free of charge!
The Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition will take place on Friday, June 22, 10:00am-9:00pm, at the School of Music Recital Hall. The jury includes John Perry, chair, Simone Dinnerstein, Morihiko Nakahara, Antonio Pampa-Baldi and Sasha Starcevich. The competition will culminate with a Winners Recital on Saturday, June 23, 7:30 PMwhere the final performances of the festival and the awards presentation to the winners will take place.
Tickets for this exciting line-up of concerts can be bought here. For more information about our concert schedule, visit our website.

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