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Southeastern Piano Festival

The Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States.

2015 Festival Dates

June 14–21, 2015

Festival Guest Artists Announced

View full bios at the Southeastern Piano Festival website.

The Southeastern Piano Festival is a high-level training platform for young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond.

Twenty of some of the best precollege pianists on the piano scene today take 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 cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic.

For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists.

The Southeastern Piano Festival presents a perfect symbiosis of the new generation of pianists in search of inspiration and challenge and the world-class guest artists who provide that inspiration.

The attraction of the Festival lies in its versatility: whether you're a budding piano virtuoso, an educator or a music aficionado, the Festival offers something for everyone who loves piano.

The 2015 outstanding lineup of guest stars

The 2015 Southeastern Piano Festival has a stellar lineup of guest artists you will not want to miss!

2015 Guest Artists

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Distinguished Guest Artist: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Dr. Yoheved (Veda) Kaplinsky is currently the chairperson of the piano department at the Juilliard School in New York as well as professor of piano at TCU. She began her musical career as a prizewinner in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. A native of Israel, she studied with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy before entering the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Irwin Freundlich. She holds a Master's and Doctoral degrees from Juilliard, as well as awards for scholastic and pianistic achievements. She continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman in New York.

Alexander Kobrin

Alexander Kobrin

BBC Russia named Alexander Kobrin the "Van Cliburn of today," putting him in the front row of musicians of his generation. Internationally acclaimed pianist Alexander Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He began playing the piano at the age of 5 and in the same year he was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music. He completed his studies there with professor Tatiana Zelikman, and went on to further his skills at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with professor Lev Naumov, completing his post-graduate studies when he was 25.

Joyce Yang

  Joyce Yang  

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences across the globe with her virtuosity, lyricism, and magnetic stage presence. At just 27, she has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation through her innovative solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras. In 2010 she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of classical music’s most prestigious accolades.

Leonardo Colafelice

Leonardo Colafelice

In January 2013, 17 years old Italian pianist Leonardo Colafelice has been the first-prize winner of the Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition in Arizona receiving the prize from Martha Argerich hands and winning all other possible prizes too: most outstanding performance of a composition by a Russian composer and most outstanding artistic performance od an Etude by Chopin.

Special Guest Artists and Arthur Fraser Competition Judges

Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova

Natalya Antonova made her debut with the Leningrad Philarmonic at the age of 16. As a soloist of two major concert managements, “State Concert” and “Soviet Union Concert”, she concertized in Russia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine, Armenia, Byelorussia, and other countries like Germany, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, etc.

Eduardo Delgado

Eduardo Delgado

International audiences and critics have consistently recognized the fiery intensity, brilliance and contagious sensitivity in the pianism of Eduardo Delgado. His appearances have taken him to the major music capitals of four continents—Europe, South America, Asia and North America. Through the wide span of Delgado’s repertoire from Bach to modern composers, audiences immediately feel and hear that music affects him very deeply and that he shares these profound and personal emotions freely with every listener.

Ināra Zandmane

Ināra Zandmane

Born in the capital of Latvia, Rīga, Ināra Zandmane started to play piano at the age of six. Ms. Zandmane holds BM and MM from Latvian Academy of Music, MM in piano performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and DMA in piano performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has been the staff accompanist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2003, performing up to fifty recitals per year. Ms. Zandmane is frequently invited to serve as an official accompanist at national competitions and conferences, among them the North American Saxophone Alliance conference and the MTNA National competition since 2005.

Kevin Ahfat

Kevin Ahfat

Acclaimed as a pianist of "exceptional breadth" whose "spirited, flawless performance stemmed from the very depth of his soul" (Estes Park News), Canadian-born pianist Kevin Ahfat is an artist recognized for his deeply passionate and highly compelling performances, possessing "a balanced mix of expressiveness and virtuosity" (Musical America).  He has performed both as solo and chamber artist in numerous venues across the United States, including the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York and Boettcher Concert Hall and Newman Center in Colorado.

Dong Yeon Kim

Dong Yeon Kim

At the age of 20, Dong Yeon Kim has established himself as one of the leading young artists of his generation. His daring musicality that "took the audience by storm with an incredibly virtuosic performance" (Columbia Free Times) has garnered first prizes in numerous competitions.

Rieko Tsuchida

Rieko Tsuchida

Twenty-year old pianist Rieko Tsuchida was born in Japan and began her piano studies at age three with Ankie Foell. In 1999 she entered the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division as a scholarship student of John McCarthy, who still continues to be an important mentor and teacher. In 2011 she made her professional debut with the California Symphony, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1 at the Lesher Center. That year she was also the youngest of eight pianists selected from around the world to participate in the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she worked with artists such as Stephen Kovacevich and Ferenc Rados.

 



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