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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Apply Now for the 2018 Southeastern Piano Festival

With a line-up that includes evening concerts, masterclasses, and lectures by some of the finest pianists across the country, the 2018 Southeastern Piano Festival promises to be the most exciting and exhilarating one to date! Guest artists and faculty for 2018 include Charlie Albright, Simone Dinnerstein, Lera Auerbach, Rebecca Penneys, Sasha Starcevich, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, John Perry, Charles Fugo, Philip Bush, and Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers who are the artistic directors of the festival.

Prizes for the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition include a $5000 First Prize and the opportunity to perform a concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic.  The festival, which takes place June 17-23, 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 which holds the best interests of its participants to a very high standard.

The festival has become a platform for many aspiring performers and has enhanced the study and careers of many competitors and participants, including Daniel Szefer. “Rarely does one get to attend a festival so intense and immersive like the Southeastern Piano Festival. Not only do you get to hear excellent musicians every night, you also get to interact with other very passionate young pianists. I will never forget Sergei Babayan’s masterful performance of Bach’s first volume of Preludes and Fugues. The whole experience of the Festival was extremely inspiring and motivated me to continue onward towards music and further develop my craft as a pianist and musician.” says Szefer. In June 2016, Szefer was a top prizewinner at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. In the same month he was offered scholarship and admission to the Advanced Performance Program at the SEPFdanielszeferMount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, CA. In July 2017, he was a finalist and prize winner of the international “Prix Orford Musique” in Quebec, Canada.  David Hou, the first-prize winner in 2016 later became a semifinalist in the 2016 Cooper International Piano Competition, and a contestant in the 2017 International E-Competition.

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

 

 

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2018 Southeastern Piano Festival Guest Artists Announced

Simone_DinnersteinAfter celebrating the Fifteenth Anniversary in June, the Southeastern Piano Festival Directors look forward to the planning and preparation of the 2018 festival. “Celebrating 15 years of music making in 2017 was unforgettable.  Every concert that week was special from Frederic Chiu’s unexpected ‘face-off’ pairing of Debussy and Prokofiev, to Vadym Kholodenko’s mesmerizing Scriabin and the show-stopping brilliance of Anderson and Roe’s performance”, says Marina Lomazov, the Festival’s Artistic Director.

In 2018, audiences and participants can expect an exciting line-up of guest artists to follow the fifteenth year.  “We are thrilled to present a diverse array of guest artists for the 2018 Festival.  From Simone Dinnerstein performing the Bach Goldberg Variations, to masterclasses with the legendary John Perry, we are looking forward to an inspiring week of artistry”, says Program Director Joseph Rackers.   The festival will take place in Columbia, at the University of South Carolina School of Music, from June 17-23, 2018.

Presenting evening concerts this year are Charlie Albright, who was named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Antonio Pompa – Baldi, who appears regularly at the world’s major concert venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Boston’s Symphony Hall; Simone Dinnerstein, whose Goldberg Variations CD ranked No. 1 on Billboard classical chart in 2007 in its first week of release, and Lera Auerbach, a Russian-American composer, concert pianist, poet and visual artist, who has become one of today’s most innovative and creative voices.

SEPF is also proud to present an array of masterclasses and lectures from such sought-after master teachers such as Rebecca Penneys, Professor Emerita of Piano at the Eastman School of Music and founder/director of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, John Perry, currently Professor of Piano at Glenn Gould School in Toronto and California State University Northridge and Professor Emeritus of the USC Thornton School of Music, and Sasha Starcevich, who has given recitals at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Windsor Castle, and in London’s Wigmore Hall and whose students routinely take top prizes in some of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, including first prize at MTNA National, first prize at e-Competition, first prize at Young Concert Artists, and first prize at Roslyn Turek Bach Competition.

More information can be found on the Southeastern Piano Festival website or on the Facebook page. The festival can also be followed on Instagram and Twitter.

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