Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Southeastern Piano Festival tickles Columbia’s ivories

Posted 6/11/2012 10:41:00 AM

This year the Southeastern Piano Festival celebrates its 10th year. That’s a full decade of bringing together some of the nation’s most talented pianists for a week of concerts and competitions.

A big part of the Southeastern Piano Festival is its young pianists program. Twenty of the best young pianists from around the country come together for a week of intense instruction. At the end of the week the young artists participate in the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, where they have the chance to win cash prizes and a chance to play with the S.C. Philharmonic.

For the rest of us, the festival is a great chance to attend some concerts by amazing musical talents. On June 11 there is the Alumni Celebration Concert with Leo Svirsky and Sean Yeh, winners of the 2005 and 2009 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition. On June 13, the award-winning Boris Slutsky, takes the stage and on June 14, the impressive Alessio Bax will perform. Admission to these concerts is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and Music Teachers National Association members, $5 for students and free to kids 18 and younger.

But perhaps the most thrilling part of the week is watching the festival students perform as part of the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition. This is a true chance to see and hear classical music’s “stars of tomorrow.” The competition sessions are held on Friday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Best of all, attending the Fraser competition is completely free.