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
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
Distinguished Guest Artist:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.