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.
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.
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 PM, where the final performances of the festival and the awards presentation to the winners will take place.