Stecher and Horowitz Foundation and Fairfield University present the Young Artists Series' pianist Igor Lovchinsky April 10


 

Image: Igor LovchinskyFairfield University in association with The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation (S&H) presents finalist of the 2002 New York International Piano Competition® Igor Lovchinsky on Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts. Admission is free to this Arts & Minds presentation.

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as a "star of the future" and acclaimed by Germany's Piano Magazine for the "elegance and rapturous beauty" of his music-making, pianist Lovchinsky has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Auditorium, the Bushnell Center, the Eastman Theater and the Ohio Theater. Internationally, he has presented recitals at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, the American Embassy in Beijing, the Philharmonia Theatre in Vilnius and the Rosza Centre in Calgary. Time Out International selected his debut album as one of the top five recordings of 2008.

With a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, Lovchinsky is a multi-faceted performer whose innovative programs - often combining the classical repertoire with jazz - reflect his diverse musical interests. Typically, Lovchinsky speaks to the audience at his recitals, engaging both the seasoned and the lay listener. The Southampton Press described his commentaries as "witty, informative, and non-technical, adding immeasurably to the non-professional's understanding."

The April 10th concert features four selections by Liszt including "Liebesträume No. 3 in A flat Major" and "Mephisto Waltz No. 1." Also on the program are pieces by Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev's "Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 83."

Born in Kazan, Russia in 1984, Lovchinsky began playing the piano at the age of two. Very quickly, he showed extraordinary promise - not only as a pianist, but as a composer and improviser as well - and by the age of four, was already playing entire recitals for his friends and family. In 1989, he entered the Kazan Special Music School for Gifted Children and after coming to the United States in 1994, garnered first prizes at the Eastman International Piano Competition and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation. Lovchinsky's participation in the 2002 S&H competition has been viewed nationally in the documentary "Speaking With Music," a behind-the-scenes look at the competition, shown on PBS.

The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation is committed to furthering the education, recognition and fostering of this new generation of talented young musicians as well as helping to sustain and preserve the essence of our cultural life. Directly serving pianists, ages 16-21, the Foundation seeks emerging talent through its flagship program, The New York International Piano Competition, and helps aspirants achieve their personal and professional goals through mentoring, career guidance, artistic development, and performance opportunities throughout the year. Individuality and excellence are mainstays of the Foundation's core objectives, focusing the young artists' horizons toward the pursuit of a realistic and attainable career in music.

The National Endowment for the Arts supports the Young Artists Series with additional support by Steinway & Sons and JetBlue Airways.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 25, 2011

Vol. 43, No. 252