World-class concert pianists from around the country, including Roosevelt’s own Winston Choi, will present a rich and diverse selection of piano music as the University presents its 11th annual PianoFest event.
Choi, an internationally known pianist and the Head of Piano at Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA), will be among event headliners, performing a world premiere by leading French composer Jacques Lenot that will be a part of a documentary being made on site about the composer’s life.
A celebration of the piano and a chance to see the best of Roosevelt’s piano students, faculty and guests, this year’s PianoFest also will feature guest appearances by legendary American classical pianists Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal.
In the 16 years since being selected as laureate at the Honens Piano Competition in 2003, Choi has recorded extensively. His published CDs include the complete piano music of Lenot, a unique composer whose techniques derive from serialism.
The composer will attend the world premieres of his work performed by Choi and MingHuan Xu, an artist-teacher of violin at CCPA, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in Roosevelt’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, with the 2nd Half of the concert featuring performances by guest artists Oppens and Lowenthal.
“This year’s PianoFest holds special meaning for me,” said Choi, a resident of Oak Park, Ill., who previously studied under Oppens at Northwestern University, and who tours regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. “Our PianoFest guests were gracious enough to come and inaugurate the first PianoFest that was held at Roosevelt. They are among the most important and influential pianists/pedagogues in America, and have profoundly molded and touched generations of pianists and listeners over the years. We are delighted and honored to have both of them join us again for this year’s PianoFest.”
The weeklong piano showcase will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 with solo performances by Roosevelt piano students. The festival will also feature; additional performances by CCPA piano faculty Edward Auer, Junghwa Moon Auer, Wael Farouk, Kuang-Hao Huang, and Adam Neiman, and will close with a grand finale by CCPA faculty members, Oppens and Lowenthal at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.
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