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Hung-Kuan Chen

Master Class
Thursday, July 16
Studley Theatre
2:30 p.m.

Hung-Kuan Chen is enigmatic, brilliant and versatile. He is a pianist of uncompromising individuality and a remarkably inspiring pedagogue. Born in Taipei and raised in Germany, Mr. Chen's early studies fostered strong roots in Germanic Classicism which he tempered with the sensibility of Chinese philosophy: The result is a dynamic and imaginative artistry. He is regarded as an extraordinary interpreter of Beethoven's music. Mr. Chen won the Gold Medal in the Arthur Rubinstein competition, and was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1991. He also won top prizes in the the Busoni and the Geza Anda International Piano Competitions, along with prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal, Van Cliburn, and Chopin International Competitions, and toured under the auspices of Young Concert Artists.

Vladimir Ovchinnikov

Master Class
Friday, July 24
Studley Theatre
2:30 p.m.

"Anybody who knows the playing of this most sensitive and expressive of pianists will be aware of the subtle shading, clarity and thrust that his mind and fingers combine to produce." [London Daily Telegraph]

Vladimir Ovchinnikov is a graduate of the famous Central Special Music School and the Moscow Conservatoire.The only pianist ever to win the top prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and Leeds International Piano Competition, Mr. Ovchinnikov is also a laureate of the Concours International de Montreal, and the International Chamber Ensembles Competition in Vercelli. It was his success at Leeds, however, which established his international career, a triumph which was followed by a triumphant début performance in London in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Mr. Ovchinnikov appears regularly with leading orchestras all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the English Classical Players in the UK. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and numerous others from around the world. In Russia he works with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Great Symphony Orchestra and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra. In the course of his career he has performed with many leading conductors.

Mr. Ovchinnikov possesses a wide repertory and appears in all the major cities throughout Europe and the USA. As internationally renowned pianist he had the honor to perform at the most prestigious concert halls such as the Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, the Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmony, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, the Gewandhaus in Germany, the Vienna Musikverein, Conservatorio Milano Verdi, Champs-Elysees Theatre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and has received the highest praises of the audience, music critics and press.

In 2005 Mr. Ovchinnikov received Russia's highest award and honor for Musicians - the title National Artist of Russia

Alexander Toradze

Master Class
Tuesday, July 28
Studley Theatre
2:30 p.m.

Alexander Toradze's performing career spans 50 years -- since his first public appearance with the orchestra at age 10, in Tbilisi, Georgia. He first studied music with his composer father, David Toradze, then in Tbilisi Central School of Music, and at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, with Rozalia Rojok and Emil Gurevich. At the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory his teachers were Jacov Zak, Boris Zemliansky and Lev Naumov. During those years, he took prizes in several national and international piano competitions, including The Van Cliburn.

In 1983 Alexander Toradze emigrated to the United States and has since appeared with virtually every leading conductor and orchestra. In North America, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in addition to the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minnesota, Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.. In Europe, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, La Scala Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, City of Birmingham Symphony, the London's Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, Israel Philharmonic. In Asia, he is a frequent guest of the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and Seoul Philharmonic in Seoul.

In the past several months Mr. Toradze's performances have spanned Mexico City to Paris to Beijing, including the LPO at The London BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, and l'Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, among other orchestras and recital series.

In 1991 Alexander Toradze was appointed the Martin Endowed Chair Professor of Piano at Indiana University, South Bend. The multi-cultural members of the Toradze Piano Studio have since toured to international acclaim. As a Distinguished Professor of Indiana University Mr. Toradze received the 2011 Indiana Governor's Arts Award as a performer and an educator. In November of 2014 he was inducted to the community "Hall of Fame" of South Bend, Indiana, USA.

Studley Theatre is handicap accessible.

Studley Theatre is air conditioned.

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