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Piano Series

The Piano Series at Sacramento State presents 4-5 guest artist recitals and multiple masterclasses each year, featuring a wide variety of professional performers from around the country. Now entering our 22nd Season of the Piano Series, 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.

Daniel PollackThe 2016-2017 Piano Series kicks off with a recital by guest artist Daniel Pollack on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. This recital is generously sponsored by John Cozza, Steven D. Hearst, and Susan J. Haake. The program will feature Chopin's Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor (Op. 35) and Schumann's Carnaval (Op. 9). Audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa recognize the pianism of Daniel Pollack for its signature colors in sound, coupled with over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity, giving his performances an electrifying element that catches the imagination of concert audiences. Critics speak about “his astonishing pianism,” Washington Post; “his dramatic tension, poignant lyricism,” Diapason Magazine, Paris, France; and “his torrents of sound that turned feathery flurries of delicate sounds,” Los Angeles Times.

Pollack has performed solo recitals in such major music centers as London’s Royal Festival Hall; Vienna’s Musikverein; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon; Seoul’s Arts Center; Moscow’s Bolshoi Zal; New York’s Carnegie Hall; Beijing’s National Concert Hall; and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. His recently released CD is on Classical Records, titled “Daniel Pollack in Moscow.” Other CDs include ‘COLORS’ on the RCM label, a Grammy-nominated CD for Naxos, the complete solo piano works of Samuel Barber, and an all-Chopin recital recorded in the Bolshoi Zal of the Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia (Sony).

Pollack first garnered the music world’s attention when he became a prizewinner in the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Following, he concertized throughout the former Soviet Union and became the first American to record for the Melodya label, recordings that sold in the millions throughout the former Soviet Union. He has held several visiting artist faculty positions including The Juilliard School, Columbia University and Yale’s School of Music. Pollack is currently on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Pollack will also be giving a free masterclass at 2:00 p.m. the day prior to his recital on Friday, September 23 in Capistrano Hall 151.

Stephen PrutsmanNext up on the Piano Series will be guest artist Stephen Prutsman on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor. In the early 90’s he was a medal winner at the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth Piano Competitions, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then Stephen has performed the classical concerto repertoire as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and his classical discography includes acclaimed recordings of the Barber and McDowell concerti with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

Born in Los Angeles, Stephen first began playing the piano by ear at age 3, before moving on to more formal music studies. In his teens and early 20s he was the keyboard player for several art rock groups including Cerberus and Vysion. He was also during those years a solo jazz pianist playing in many southern California clubs and lounges and was the music arranger for a nationally syndicated televangelist program. A former student of Aube Tzerko, Leon Fleisher, and Jack Wilson, Stephen studied at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

A free masterclass will be given by visiting artist Petronel Malan at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17 in the Capistrano Concert Hall. Grammy-nominated South African pianist Malan is an exclusive recording artist for the internationally recognized label Hänssler Classic based in Holzgerlingen near Stuttgart in Germany. Ms. Malan’s career was launched following five gold medals in 2000 at international piano competitions throughout the United States. These included the Louise McMahon, Missouri Southern, Los Angeles Liszt “Budapest Concert” and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions. She also garnered the grand prize in the 2000 Web Concert Hall Competition and gold medals in both the Grace Welsh Piano Competition and the Young Texas Artist Award.

Yoonie HanThe Spring 2017 Series will feature Yoonie Han in recital on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Han is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition, the Fulbright Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, the World Piano Competition, and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and has garnered many major international prizes. Her album, ‘Love and Longing’ on Steinway Records was nominated as ‘Album of the week’ on WQXR (New York), and is quickly raised on Billboard Classical Chart.

Having made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at Seoul Arts Center at age 13, Ms. Han has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, Juilliard PC Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan. She has played such celebrated venues as at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Frick Collections, Boston University Tanglewood Festival, Myra Hess Series, Philips Collections in the U.S., Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bergamo Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Sejong Performing Arts Center in Korea.

Ms. Han received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently on the faculty of Piano performance and Chamber Music at the Bilkent University, Turkey.

A free masterclass will be given by visiting artist Victor Goldberg at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10 in the Capistrano Concert Hall. Hailed for his extraordinarily imaginative and original interpretations, the Russian-born Israeli pianist continues to fascinate a wide range of audiences around the globe with his extensive repertoire of classical masterpieces, as well as rarely performed piano works. A winner of the 2008 Pro Musicis International Award, the Artist Recognition Award at the International Keyboard Festivalin New York, the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, and the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Ukraine, Mr. Goldberg has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and the United States.

Richard CioncoThe 2016-2017 Piano Series season rounds out with a recital by our own Richard Cionco on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Praised by Donal Henahan of the New York Times for his “sensitive pianism” has performed with many orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and with the Seijo Symphony of Tokyo in a Washington, D.C. concert that commemorated Japan’s admission to the United Nations.

Mr. Cionco has performed in recital in nearly every major U.S. city and his performances of Liszt’s complete 12 Transcendental Etudes have brought him rave reviews. Ed Roberts of the Washington Post wrote: “I have rarely heard as fine a piano recital as the one Richard Cionco gave...Cionco’s virtuosity was impressive and he drew beautifully varied tone colors from the instrument.

A Steinway Artist, Mr. Cionco is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The Juilliard School.  Important performances include those at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Carnegie’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Steinway Hall, as well as The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the Chicago Cultural Center. He was chosen in 2009 by Steinway to record at Skywalker Studios for the digitizing of the Steinway sound, to be released soon.  Most recently he released a solo CD of Beethoven’s late piano music and a CD of music by American composer Sunny Knable, both on the Centaur label. Mr. Cionco was a Teaching Fellow and Assistant for David Dubal at The Juilliard School for four years and in 1993 he joined the piano faculty at Sacramento State where he is presently Professor of Piano.