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IPS Hosts Pianist Vassilis Varvaresos

by William Furtwangler

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES presented by the College of Charleston Department of Music provided an electrifying display of musical skill Tuesday night at the Sottile Theatre featuring Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. The 32-year old Varvaresos has performed in the U.S. at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, New York’s Morgan Library, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston and... Read »

Ji Showcases Technique at IPS

by William Furtwangler

THE SECOND CONCERT of the CofC International Piano Series was supposed to feature Beth Levin, but she had to cancel at the last minute. Ran Dank, artistic director of the IPS, made use of his connections in the music world and secured a fitting replacement for Tuesday night’s concert in the person of young... Read »

Russian Pianist Showcases His Talent at IPS

by William Furtwangler

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO SERIES at the College of Charleston featured the young Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov in a mixed collection of classics. Kolesnikov played to an enthusiastic and nearly full house at the Sottile Theatre Tuesday evening, September 24. Opening with several items originally composed for harpsichord by Baroque genius Jean-Philipe Rameau (1683-1764), Kolesnikov... Read »

Ilana Vered Showcases Her Musicality

by ChasToday

IN THE MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY “From Mao To Mozart,” violinist Isaac Stern implores a young student: “You don’t use music to play the violin; you use the violin to play music.” At the final concert of this year’s College of Charleston International Piano Series at the Sottile Theatre last Tuesday, we had an excellent demonstration... Read »

Ilana Vered to Conclude 2011-12 Piano Series

by ChasToday

Israeli-born pianist Ilana Vered will perform next Tuesday, the 17th, in the final concert of this season’s College of Charleston’s International Piano Series at the Sottile Theatre. From age 13 to 15 Ilana attended the Paris Conservatoire which awarded her first prize in piano upon her graduation. Among her teachers there were Vlado Perlemuter... Read »

Menahem Pressler at the Sottile

by ChasToday

THE BEAUX ARTS TRIO, perhaps the most heralded trio in the world, was cofounded by pianist Menahem Pressler who will grace the Sottile stage as a soloist next Wednesday, December 14 in the third concert of this year’s International Piano Series. With Mr. Pressler as the Trio’s only pianist for nearly 55 years, the... Read »

Eric Clark Triumphs in IPS Finale

by Lindsay Koob

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON’s excellent International Piano Series wrapped up its season in style with Eric Clark’s most impressive recital Tuesday at the Memminger Auditorium. Clark, a former student of IPS director Enrique Graf at Carnegie Mellon University, is in the process of launching a promising career, with several significant competition successes to his... Read »

Pianist Eric Clark at Memminger

by ChasToday

The 2010–2011 International Piano Series (still temporarily relocated to Memminger Auditorium) will conclude April 5 with a concert by Eric Clark who has been heard throughout much of the United States and Europe in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh and at Severance Hall in Cleveland. Having won First Prize in... Read »

Frederic Chiu Delivers Unforgettable Recital

by Lindsay Koob

TUESDAY EVENING’s International Piano Series recital at Memminger Auditorium was a truly special occasion. Not only did we hear a fascinating and brilliantly executed program from Frederic Chiu—one of America’s finest and most-recorded pianists—but the evening marked the inauguration of the College of Charleston’s marvelous new Yamaha CFX concert grand piano: the gift of... Read »

Frederic Chiu to Debut CofC’s New Piano

by ChasToday

THE INTERNATIONAL Piano Series of the College of Charleston is moving to Memminger while the Sottile Theatre gets a makeover. And a double treat awaits us at the first performance where acclaimed pianist Frederic Chiu will debut Yamaha’s much heralded CFX full concert grand piano. This piano has been played in several other concerts... Read »

The Two Faces of Christopher O’Riley

by Lindsay Koob

UPON REFLECTION, I suppose you could say that renowned American pianist Christopher O’Riley has three faces, considering his radio role as host of the popular NPR show, “From the Top”. But allow me to get by here with the two salient aspects of his active performing life, both of which we were richly blessed... Read »

Christopher O’Riley at the Sottile

by ChasToday

THE WELL-KNOWN HOST of NPR’s “From The Top” broadcast will be at the Sottile this Thursday as the second featured pianist in this year’s International Piano Series at the College of Charleston. You often hear Christopher accompanying his radio guests on the piano, but you have probably never heard him play this level of... Read »

Anton Nel Thrills at the Sottile

by Lindsay Koob

THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON’s International Piano Series has been bringing many of the world’s finest pianists to town for over two decades now. Series Director (and CofC Artist-in-Residence) Enrique Graf scored a major coup when he engaged distinguished South African pianist Anton Nel to deliver the opening recital of the series’ twenty-first season—which took... Read »

Bach Keyboard Extravaganza

by ChasToday

THE FANTASTIC FINALE to the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston is coming next Tuesday night. It features an all Bach program for multiple pianos accompanied by a string ensemble of members from the College of Charleston Chamber Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorenzo Muti. And all of the... Read »

Enrique Graf, piano mentor

by Peter Ingle

AS PROMISED, below is part 2 of our interview with Enrique Graf, Artist in Residence at the College of Charleston, who will be performing next Tuesday night at the Sottile Theatre. The interview speaks for itself, but here are a few more interesting things you might want to know about Enrique’s background. He was... Read »

Super Soloist at Sottile

by Peter Ingle

CHARLESTON, which has slowly become a mecca for musicians, now boasts its own piano prodigy in Micah McLaurin, a 15-year-old native who will be performing next Tuesday at the College of Charleston’s 2009–2010 International Piano Series. This is the third concert in a series featuring Enrique Graf and three of his protégés. Micah will... Read »

Serenity at the Sottile

by Peter Ingle

MANY MUSICIANS SEEM to merge with their instrument as they play. It becomes a physical extension of their interpretation and expression. This seems inevitable, but it can also become a barrier to listening. Put simply, the audience comes to hear the music and the musician gets in the way. Hartmut Sauer, however, is a... Read »

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