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Piano Series

The Piano Series at Sacramento State presents four Artist Recitals and multiple masterclasses each year, featuring a wide variety of professional performers from around the country. The 2019-2020 season will be our 26th season!

Admission to masterclasses is free. Artist Recitals are held at 7:00 p.m. in the Capistrano Concert Hall; Recital admission is $20 general, $15 senior, and $10 student.

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Guest Masterclasses

Date/Time/Location Event Summary
Friday, October 11 at 4:00 pm in Capistrano Hall 151 Yoonie Han will present a masterclass. A graduate of the Curits Institute and Juilliard, Ms. Han was a first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition, Fulbright Concerto Competition, Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer and Frederich Nordmann Piano Competitions.
Friday, November 22 at 2:00 pm in Capistrano Hall 319 Sarah Chan will present a masterclass entitled, "Freedom with Music". A graduate of Peabody and Eastman, Dr. Chan has garnered numerous awards including The American Prize in Piano Performance, “Rising Artist” honor of New York Concert Artists and Associates, and the PianoTexas International Competition professional prize. 

Faculty Artist: Richard Cionco

Richard Cionco

On Saturday, September 21, faculty artist Richard Cionco will perform a recital of Handel, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and his own "Six Postcards".. 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.

Guest Artist: Yoonie Han

Yoonie Han

On Saturday, October 12, guest artist Yoonie Han will perform. Praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Inquirer), and “musical imagination and feel for complex textures that drew vivid images” (Washington Post), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.

Guest Artist: Eduardus Halim

Eduardus Halim

Guest artist Eduardus Halim will present a masterclass at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 6, 2020 in Capistrano Hall 151. Mr. Halim will perform a solo recital the following night, Saturday, March 7. Mr. Halim has performed with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Vancouver Symphony. He has performed recitals at prestigious venues around the world, including Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1997 he made a triumphant recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London which led to an invitation from the BBC for a broadcast concert the following season. Mr. Halim’s awards and honors include the Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Guest Artist: Lino Rivera

Lino Rivera

Guest artist Lino Rivera will present a masterclass at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Capistrano Hall 151. Mr. Rivera will perform a solo recital the following night, Saturday, April 18. Born in the Philippines, Lino Rivera began his piano studies at age six and has since performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and accompanist on three continents. He has been featured on radio and television broadcasts, notably live concerto performances with the Manila Symphony Orchestra and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Other appearances include the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), and concerts in Russia, Germany, and Belgium. Mr. Rivera is a winner in many music competitions including the Music Teachers' National Association Competition in Hawaii and the University of Hawaii Concerto Competition. Upon receiving his Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, he was awarded the distinguished Pianist Prize, won first place in the Elizabeth Davis Competition, and coached extensively with the Guarneri String Quartet.