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March 8, 2007

Pianist Feltsman to perform at Meany

The UW President’s Piano Series will present Vladimir Feltsman at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 in Meany Hall.


Sharing the great tradition of piano playing has become increasingly important to Feltsman, who holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is the founder and artistic director of the International Festival-Institute Piano Summer at New Paltz, a comprehensive, month-long training program for advanced piano students that attracts musicians from all over the world.


Born in Moscow in 1952, Feltsman debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. In 1969, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music to study piano, and studied conducting at the Moscow and the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. In 1971, Feltsman won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris; this was followed by intensive concert tours throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan. Feltsman emigrated to the United States in 1987, and that same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall immediately established him as a major pianist on the American scene.


The March 13 program includes Tchaikovsky’s Dumka Op. 59, Shostakovich’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition


Ticket holders are invited to come 45 minutes early to learn more about Vladimir Feltsman and the program at a free, pre-show lecture, in the lobby. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased in person at the UW Arts Ticket Office, by phone at 206-543-4880, or online at www.uwworldseries.org.