Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



See tomorrow’s piano stars today at the Southeastern Piano Festival

Posted 6/1/2013 8:02:00 PM

It’s that time of year again when young people whose musical talent make the rest of us appear barely proficient at tapping out “Hot Cross Buns” descend upon Columbia for the Southeastern Piano Festival.

Beginning June 9, 20 pre-college students will arrive at the University of South Carolina to take part in lessons with USC piano faculty, master classes with special guest artists, and hours of rigorous daily practice. The events of the week will lead to the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, the winners of which will receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the S.C. Philharmonic.

The festival provides important experiences for the students who attend and also for music fans who love to hear live classical music and get a glimpse of what the world of piano will look like in the coming years.

The week is full of events that are open to the public, including the Piano Fireworks Concert and Opening Ceremony on June 8. This event will include performances by USC piano faculty members Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, Phillip Bush and Charles Fugo. These professors will show why they are at the top of their field by performing in piano solo, duo, and 8 (8!!) hands. The following Tuesday, June 11, the Rising Star Showcase will feature Claire Huangci, the winner of the prestigious National Chopin Competition, at the School of Music Recital Hall. Then, the next evening, the public is welcome to buy tickets to hear Grammy nominee Petronel Malan perform. And of course, everyone will be waiting for the most anticipated portion of the week — the competition itself!

On June 15 the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition ceremony and reception is free and open to the public at the recital hall. This is a chance to see tomorrow’s stars perform that shouldn’t be missed if you love the piano.

For more information about the festival and competition schedule, please visit the program website.