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2014 Sacramento State Piano Festival: Saturday, February 22–Monday, February 24
Capistrano Recital Hall and Capistrano 151 at Sacramento State.
• The Valencia Young Pianist Competition - Generously sponsored annually by Edward McGrath, the preliminary round of this competition will be held on Saturday, February 22 (not open to the public). Open to young artists ages 15-22, the competition will award three prizes of $200, $300, and $500. A maximum of six finalists will be chosen to perform in the Final Round on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 7:30pm, in front of an audience at Capistrano Music Recital Hall. This recital is free and open to the public. Download the application and information sheet (pdf).
• Guest Artist Performance -Timothy Smith will be performing on Saturday, February 22 at 7:30pm. His recital will include Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at and Exhibition”. Smith, who has been described as "A pianist who interlaces grace with bursts of power and color" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, is Professor of Piano and head of Piano Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Smith began private piano studies at age five, and at ten was accepted into the Pre-College division of the Juilliard School. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 15. His undergraduate studies were at the University of Washington in Seattle, with Bela Siki, where Smith received numerous awards and scholarships. He continued graduate study as a scholarship student of Martin Canin at Juilliard where he received his Master of Music degree, and later at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, again with Martin Canin, where he was awarded the Doctorate of Musical Arts in 1985. Dr. Smith has won major prizes and recognition in international competitions, including the Casadesus (5th prize), Gina Bachauer (4th prize), Washington, D.C. International (3rd prize), Queen Elizabeth (Brussels) (semi-finalist), among others. As a winner of the Artists International Competition, Smith made his New York recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall.
• Master Classes will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23th at Noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm (Capistrano Hall 151). Given by Sacramento State's piano faculty Richard Cionco, Kirsten Smith and guest artist Lino Rivera, these are free and open to the public. The master classes will feature performances by the Valencia Competition finalists.
• Other Piano Series Recitals - For more on the Piano Series Recitals for the 2013-2014 season, visit the Piano Series page.