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Piano Series

The Piano Series at Sacramento State presents up to four Artist Recitals and multiple masterclasses each year, featuring a wide variety of professional performers from around the country.

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 Artist: Pei-Chun Liao

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Pei-Chun will also present a free masterclass on Friday, Feb. 17, at 2pm in our Concert Hall.


Taiwanese pianist Pei-Chun Liao has performed around the world, starting with her UK debut at Birmingham Symphony Hall, where her recital received a special mention. Liao has performed at Manchester Peel Hall, Mozarteum Wiener Saal (Salzburg), Salle Cortot (Paris), Rachmaninoff Hall (Tambov), the Halifax International Young Musician Festival, and at the Barber Institute (UK).

Liao is a prizewinner of numerous competitions, such as the Taipei Chopin international Chopin Competition (3rd Prize), the Taiwan Young artist Competition, the Beryl Chempin Beethoven Prize, Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Prize, and the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Prize. She is currently a full-time associate professor on the piano faculty at University of Taipei in Taiwan.

Her program will feature the U.S. premiere of Philip Martin's "24 Preludes for Piano" (dedicated to her), as well as Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition".

Guest Artist: Alexander Kobrin

Saturday, April 1, 2023


Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin has been praised for his brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with audiences. Mr. Kobrin was awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His numerous successes in competitions also include top prizes at the Busoni International Piano Competition (First Prize), Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Top Prize), and the Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow (First Prize)

Mr. Kobrin has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, including Carnegie Zankel Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Louvre Auditorium, and many others. He has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of the piano literature to critical acclaim.

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