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Pacific Piano Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Eligible high school pianists are invited to join us for a day of music making with Pacific's piano faculty! 
Participate in master classes, meet current Pacific students, and hear exciting performances.  For more information, contact Sonia Leong: sleong@pacific.edu

High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (2013-14 school year) performing at the Certificate of Merit Level 8 and above (eg. Bach Inventions, sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven, Chopin Nocturnes).  Participants are admitted by teacher recommendation.

Prepare one piece (memorization preferred).

Master classes:
Participants will be placed in small groups, and given a lesson by a member of the Conservatory's piano faculty. In addition, students will observe the two remaining piano professors as they work with other pianists.

Tentative schedule:
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am Welcome
10:00 am Master classes
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Master classes
3:00 pm Recital
4:00 pm Presentation: Careers in Music
5:00 pm Reception
7:30 pm Concert featuring the University Symphony Orchestra, Imant Kotsinsh, conductor








Registration Fee
$25 Participant (includes lunch)
$15 Observer (those who attend but do not want to perform, includes lunch)


For more information, contact Sonia Leong: sleong@pacific.edu

Faculty Bios

Frank Wiens has been an active touring concert artist since 1974, giving numerous recitals throughout the United States annually. He has toured South Korea and the former Soviet Union, was a soloist with the Orchestra Dinu Lipatti in Romania and gave an all-Chopin recital at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. A winner of numerous awards, he has performed in London, Vienna, and New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, and been a soloist with such orchestras as the Atlanta, Denver, and Detroit Symphonies. His compact disc recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Slovakia National Orchestra was released on the Fanfare-Intersound label.

Dr. Rex Cooper, a native of North Carolina, is a graduate of Oberlin College, the Juilliard School of Music, and Indiana University. He attended the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy in the summer of 1967. In 1981-82 he studied in Paris, as a pupil of Vlado Perlemuter, where he studied the complete piano music of Ravel and Franck. He was also a student of Konrad Wolff, Adele Marcus, Leon Fleisher, and Gyorgy Sebok. Dr. Cooper has played as pianist for the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski from 1969-71. He has performed recitals worldwide, including Japan, Italy, France, and a debut recital in Wigmore Hall, London, England. He has also performed recitals and chamber music throughout the United States, most notably in North Carolina, California, Utah, Texas, and Oregon. He has also conducted master classes in Japan, England, and many parts of the United States.


Pianist Sonia Leong has performed in Canada, the United States, England, Romania, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. She has appeared with the Filarmonica de Stat Dinu Lipatti in Romania, the Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra, the StocktOonrc Shyemstrpah,ony, the St. John Chamber Orchestra, and has performed live on Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva. Dr. Leong studied at the University of British Columbia, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Université de Montréal, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama . She is a founding member of the in-residence piano trio, Trio 180.