The Southeastern Piano Festival will commence the sale of tickets to the 2015 events, starting this Sunday, March 1st. This year’s festival continues on its promise to offer nightly concerts, starting Sunday, June 14th through Sunday, June 21st. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Offering a rich lineup of world‐class pianists, the festival will begin this year with the Piano Fireworks Opening Gala Concert on Sunday, June 14th at 4pm at the Darla Moore Business School, in the Johnson Performance Hall, located at 1014 Greene Street, Columbia, SC. The concert will feature Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, Phillip Bush, Charles Fugo and additional guests, performing on Living Legends Steinway Concert Artist Pianos chosen for performance by some of the greatest names in music: Billy Joel, Diana Kroll, Lang Lang, Keith Jarrett, Harry Connick Jr. and more. Rounding out the week of events, internationally‐acclaimed pianist, Alexander Kobrin will take the stage on Thursday, June 18th at 4pm at the Columbia Museum of Art, located at 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC.
Noted by the BBC Russia as “the Van Cliburn of today”, Kobrin’s music career has established a front row seat among musicians of his generation. Kobrin is the Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which is one of the most prestigious and important piano competitions in the world. He has received numerous special awards for his brilliant technique, his musicality, and his emotional engagement with the audience through music.
The 2015 festival will include twenty of some of the best pre‐college pianists on the piano scene today, taking 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 awards and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic.
“It’s amazing to see how each year the Southeastern Piano Festival continues to enrich the lives of the youth who participate and contribute to the thriving cultural life of the Midlands,” said Marina Lomazov, SEPF founder and artistic director. “Our musical community is excited about our 13th annual festival— the festival continues to evolve, yet stays true to offering something for everyone who loves piano.”