(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Department of Performing Arts at Southern Oregon University presents the second annual SOU Tutunov Piano Series, opening on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. with pianist Alexander Ghindin performing works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Liszt and Brahms.Dr. Alexander Tutunov, Southern Oregon University’s artist in residence, is the series namesake. “Over the past few years, I felt there were enough people in the Rogue Valley who are as passionate about the things I do and love doing as I am,” said Tutunov. “We have a fortunate combination of a great venue, terrific supportive audience, and my personal connections in the classical piano music world with the result that we can bring high quality music-making to the Rogue Valley.” Tutunov describes each featured artist’s uncompromising quest for finding “the deepest meaning and perfection in the music they perform” as the common thread through the series.
A native of Moscow, Alexander Ghindin has established himself in the last two decades as a seasoned artist and a major force on the international piano scene. In 1994 at age 17, he became the youngest winner ever of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, later gaining Second Prize at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Competition. He won the First Prize of the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition and, most recently, First Prize of the 2010 International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina in Brazil.
“Alexander is a dear friend and colleague of mine,” said Tutunov. “He soloed with the Rogue Valley Symphony several years ago and left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. His repertoire is enormous, spanning over 100 concertos for piano and orchestra.” Ghindin’s program at SOU will be J.S. Bach/Murdoch’s “Organ Concerto in d,” Rachmaninoff’s “Moments musicaux,” Schubert/Liszt’s “4 Lieder,” and Brahms’ “6 Hungarian Dances.”
Ghindin’s current season includes over 100 performances throughout the United States, Europe and Russia. Since 2006, Mr. Ghindin has been Artistic Director of his own concert series at one of Russia’s most distinguished concert venue2s, the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
Ghindin has appeared as soloist with the London and Munich philharmonic orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, New Japan Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, among many others. He has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and London’s Barbican Centre. In 2006, he was named an “Honored Artist of Russia.”
The series continues through the fall with performances by Lovro Pogorelich, well-known European recording artist, on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and local piano virtuoso Jodi French on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Beginning in 2014, Dr. Alexander Tutunov, , will be joined by special friends to perform on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Marco Tezza, a prominent Italian soloist and artistic director of the Stravinskij Chamber Orchestra, will perform on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 general, free to full-time students, $60 for full five-concert series. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Theatre Arts Building lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts.