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Piano Series Recital tickets are $20 general, $15 senior, and $10 student (student tickets available at the door). Season tickets offer a 25% over invidual ticket prices: $60 general, $45 senior for all four concerts.

Tickets are available online, through the Sac State Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323, or at the door (starting one hour prior to performance, subject to availability). Cash or Credit cards may be used at the door.

The house opens 30 minutes prior to concert start time.

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Piano Series

The Piano Series at Sacramento State presents 4 guest artist recitals and multiple masterclasses each year, featuring a wide variety of professional performers from around the country. Now entering our 23rd season, take a look back at the first 20 years with Series director Richard Cionco, in this 56-minute video produced at Sac State and recorded in our own Capistrano Concert Hall. Season Tickets are available for all four concerts; save 25% over individual tickets purchases!


The 2018-2019 Piano Series kicks off with a recital by guest artist Kirill Gliadkovsky on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. He attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow - the most prestigious music institution in Russia - where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano), and Leonid Royzman (organ).

Mr. Gliadkovsky earned both his Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). He composes for piano and organ and has premiered his works in Russia and in the USA. Currently, Mr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at the University of Southern California and Santa Monica College, where he is on the piano faculty.


Guest artist Natsuki Fukasawa will perform on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Steinway Artist Natsuki Fukasawa's music career has taken her throughout U.S. cities as well as to Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Japan and China, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall. Fukasawa has won many accolades and international prizes, including rave reviews in Strad and Fanfare magazines and the Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year from the Danish Music Awards.

Ms. Fukasawa’s performance highlights include a tour of Italy performing Gershwin's Concerto in F as well as performances of Beethoven's Third and Fourth Piano Concerti, Chopin Second Piano Concerto, Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Song, Mozart's A Major Concerto, K. 488, and Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with orchestras in California. She earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees from New York's Juilliard School and her Doctorate from the University of Maryland. She is currently on faculty at American River College and has taught at California State University Sacramento, Saint Mary's College of Moraga, and the University of the Pacific.


Guest artist Anton Nel performs on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Highlights of Mr. Nel’s nearly four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. As recitalist he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York, at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

A Steinway artist, Mr. Nel was appointed to the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in his early twenties, followed by professorships at the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan, where he was chairman of the piano department. In September 2000, Anton Nel was appointed as the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents  Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches an international class of students and now heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. His recordings include four solo CDs,  several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Piano and Cello Sonatas and Variations, and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang) , and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, and Saint-Saens.


Rounding out the Piano Series this year will be Geoffrey Burleson, performing on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. Burelson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. The New York Times has hailed his solo performances as "vibrant" and "compelling", and has praised his "command, projection of rhapsodic qualities without loss of rhythmic vigor, and appropriate sense of spontaneity and fetching colors".

Mr. Burleson made his New York City solo recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall in 2000, sponsored by the League of Composers/ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music.) He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, and the Holland Symfonia in the Netherlands, performing repertoire ranging from Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saens to Gershwin and Klaas de Vries. 

Mr. Burleson was winner of the Silver Medal in the International Piano Recording Competition, and won Special Commendations in the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers Competition. He was also the recipient of a DAAD grant from the German government to support a residency at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University (D.M.A.). Currently, Mr. Burleson is recording the complete piano works of Camille Saint-Saens, being released on 5 CD volumes on the new Naxos Grand Piano label.