University of South Carolina

University to present annual Southeastern Piano Festival

Back for its sixth year, the Southeastern Piano Festival will shine a spotlight on a variety of pianists June 7 - 13.The festival will take place at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music.

Associate Professor Marina Lomazov, founder and artistic director of the festival, has shaped the festival into one of the major cultural events in the Southeast region. The festival provides a rigorous training platform for aspiring young pianists and presents outstanding piano concerts by celebrated and new artists.

The Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Symphony League of the South Carolina Philharmonic, is one of the festival highlights. First prize is $2,000, and all three top prize winners will perform a movement of their concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic during the upcoming concert season.

Another highlight is the Marian Stanley Tucker Lecture Series. The series, which began in 2005, was started by Jane Magrath, professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, distinguished expert in the field of piano pedagogy. This year’s guest lecturer is Nelita True, professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music and internationally renowned master teacher and clinician.

Along with True, the festival will feature three guest artists: Ran Dank, winner of the 2008 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; concert pianist Yakov Kasman, silver medalist of the X Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; and concert pianist Christopher Taylor, bronze medalist of the IX Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

This year’s participants:

    John Anh, an 11th-grader from Calhoun, Ga.
    Jacob Buser, an 11th-grader from McLean, Va.
    Naomi Causby, a ninth-grader from Columbia
    Ruth Choa, an 11th-grader from Ellicott City, Md.
    Carolyn Anne Colton, a 12th-grader from Bethesda, Md.
    Daniel Griffiths, an 11th-grader from Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Frederick Naison Dong, a 12th-grader from Lilburn, Ga.
    Baron Fenwick, a ninth-grader from Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Belinda Juang, a 12th-grader from Potomac, Md.
    Nakeum Lee, an 11th-grader from Charlotte, N.C.
    Daniel Long, a 10th-grader from Richmond, Va.
    Maryam Kheirbek, an 11th-grader from Bethesda, Md.
    Mary Elizabeth McElmurray, a 12th-grader from Blythewood
    Joseph Mohan, an 11th-grader from Clarence, N.Y.
    Stephanie Ng, an 11th-grader from Marietta, Ga.
    Yunyi Qin, an 11th-grader from Shanghai, China
    Andrew Sohn, a 12th-grader from Gainesville, Fla.
    Derek Vann, an 11th-grader from Norcross, Ga.
    Sean Yeh, a 12th-grader from Libertyville, Ill.
    Brook Zhang, a ninth-grader from Columbus, Ohio

A list of events and ticket information:

Piano Fireworks Gala Concert -- Sunday, June 7, 6 p.m. Featuring university faculty members Charles Fugo, Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers. Admission: $10 MTNA for members and senior citizens; $5 for students; free for children under 18.

Alumni Celebration Concert -- Monday, June 8, 8 p.m. Featuring Southeastern Piano Festival alumni Olga Krayterman, Sonya Schumann and Leo Svirsky. Admission: ($5 general admission).

Rising Star Showcase -- Tuesday, June 9, 8 p.m. Featuring Ran Dank. Admission: $20 for adults; $10 for MTNA members and senior citizens; $5 for students; free for children under 18.

Artist Showcase -- Wednesday, June 10, 8 p.m. Featuring Yakov Kasman. Admission: $20 for adults; $10 for MTNA members and senior citizens; $5 for students; free for children under 18.

Artist Showcase -- Thursday, June 11, 8 p.m. Featuring Christopher Taylor. Admission: $20 for adults; $10 for MTNA members and senior citizens; $5 for students; free for children under 18.

For advance tickets, contact Jesseca Smith at the School of Music, 803-576-5763 or Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Tickets also are available at the School of Music, 813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29208. All events take place at the School of Music recital hall.

For more information, visit the Web site:

Southeastern Piano Festival

  • When: June 7 - 13
  • Where: School of Music
  • Who: Aspiring young pianists from throughout the Southeast

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/22/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/01/09 @ 12:30 PM | Permalink