NOTED PIANISTS UNITE FOR CONCERTS, CLASSES
AT UH’S INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
When expert fingers grace the ivories, they often create music
that’s both memorable and magical. Audiences soon will experience
such enchanting sounds when three of the world’s foremost
piano masters are spotlighted during the University of Houston’s
International Piano Festival (IPF) Feb. 9 – 11.
For more than 20 years, this event has entertained music enthusiasts
with performances and master classes. This year’s festival
will continue this tradition by featuring pianists Olga Kern, Enrique
Graf and festival founder Abbey Simon.
“Each year about this time, a colleague at another major
music school tells me how wonderful this festival is,” said
David White, director of the Moores School of Music. “He says
it’s a rarity for a university to offer such a stimulating
weekend devoted to outstanding artists, superb recitals and informative
A pianist since the age of five, the Russian-born Kern belongs
to a musical family with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
A member of Russia’s International Academy of Arts, she has
toured internationally and recently embarked on a trek across the
United States with the National Philharmonic of Russia. In 2001,
she became the first woman in 30 years to receive the Gold Medal
at the Van Cliburn Competition.
Graf’s international performances and recordings have garnered
much praise from the international press. He has earned top honors
in the National Ensemble Two Piano Competition, the William Kapell
International Piano Competition and the East and West International
Competition in New York City.
Simon, UH’ s Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor
of Music, is one of the most recorded classical artists of all time
and has been honored with numerous awards including, the National
Orchestral Award. He has performed with symphonies worldwide and
has served as a UH faculty member since 1977. He founded the festival
IPF events will be held in the Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital
Hall. For an events schedule and ticket information, visit http://www.music.uh.edu/pianofestival/.
||2007 International Piano
||Friday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb.
||Moores School of Music
University of Houston – Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204
||University of Houston/Moores School
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