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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: Kirill Gliadkovsky

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6, Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy, and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. He 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).

Pianist Scott Holden

Piano Masterclass

Friday, November 18, 2022

Guest pianist Sarah Chan will offer a free masterclass to our Sac State students at 3:00 p.m. in Room 319.

International concert pianist Dr. Sarah 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. She has performed throughout America, Europe and Asia, including at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berlin Philharmonie Hall Kammermusiksaal, Merkin Concert Hall, and many others.

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Guest Artist: Pei-Chun Liao

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Pei-Chun will also present a free masterclass on Friday, March 3, at 2pm in our Concert Hall.

Taiwanese pianist Pei-Chun Liao was selected as "2009 Young Star of National Concert Hall" in Taiwan. She performs internationally as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She made appearances at prestigious venues around the world including her UK debut at Birmingham Symphony hall where her recital received a special mention, Manchester Peel Hall, Mozarteum Wiener Saal (Salzburg), the Barber Institute (UK), and many more.

Pei-Chun is a prizewinner of numerous competitions, such as the 3rd prize at the Taipei Chopin international Chopin Competition, the Taiwan Young artist Competition, the Beryl Chempin Beethoven Prize, Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Prize, and the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Prize. She studied at the Taipei National University of the Arts with Tai- Cheng Chen and Michael Dellinger and continued her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, with Malcolm Wilson and Philip Martin, graduating with Distinction in both her Masters for the Arts and Diploma in Performance Studies. After her studies in England, she entered the Musikhochschule in Freiburg in Germany where she studied with Professor Vitali Berzon and graduated with the highest award (Auszeichnung).

Pei-Chun is currently an assistant professor on the piano faculty at the Taipei Municipal University of Education in Taiwan.

Pianist Lino Rivera

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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