Quick Center to host two pianists
Published 6:13 pm, Thursday, November 1, 2012
The program, titled "Reflections of Walter Piston," is part of the center's Young Artists Series and will feature commentary by Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz and compositions by Piston, a 20th-century composer and teacher.
Stecher and Horowitz are duo-pianists and music educators to whom Piston dedicated his "Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra," later transcribed in a second version for two pianos soli. The work is included in a program that features the complete piano repertoire of Piston, as well as a work by his colleague Aaron Copland, "El Salon Mexico," transcribed by Piston's student, Leonard Bernstein.
Coombs, who began his musical studies at 3, made his orchestral debut at 11 and at 15 received the Guimar Novaes award, given by the Brazilian Ambassador to a young U.S. citizen for accomplishments in fine arts. He has garnered many honors, including second prize in the solo category and sharing first prize in the one-piano, four-hands ensemble competition at the 2002 Inaugural New York International Piano Competition under the auspices of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
He received both his bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School and combines his concert career with the position he holds as assistant to the directors of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
Lovchinsky is a multifaceted performer whose programs often combine the classical repertoire with jazz, and he is an avid exponent of new music. Born in Kazan, Russia, in 1984, he began playing the piano at 2, according to a release.
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. He was a finalist at the 2002 Inaugural New York Piano Competition.
The program features Melvin Stecher's "Improvisation" (1945); "Passacaglia" (1943); "Sonata for Piano" (1926); "Concerto for Two Piano Soli" (1967); and "El Salon Mexico."
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 203-254-4010 or visit www.quickcenter.com.