Southeastern Piano Festival

813 Assembly ST

Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: (803) 777-4281

City: Columbia

Region: Midlands

Southeastern Piano Festival

Since its inception in summer of 2003, the Southeastern Piano Festival has become one of the major cultural events in the region. The festival has established a tradition of excellence for music lovers, music teachers, piano students, and classical music aficionados. A select group of pianists in grades 8 through 12 will have a multitude of performing opportunities, daily lessons with University of South Carolina piano faculty, masterclasses and conversations with distinguished guest artists, and workshops on a wide variety of piano-related topics. Each day concludes with an evening recital by a guest artist, USC piano faculty members, or festival students.

The festival is highly praised for providing a rigorous training platform for aspiring young pianists and presenting outstanding piano concerts by celebrated and new artists. Past guest artists include Natalya Antonova, Alan Chow, Olga Kern, Jerome Lowenthal, Jon Nakamatsu, Ursula Oppens, Santiago Rodriguez, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and Ann Schein, among others. Many festival alumni go on to study at top conservatories and music schools, including many Southeastern Piano Festival alumni who are studying at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

The audiences will be given a rare chance not only to hear the performances, but also witness the “artist-in-the-making” process through open lessons, discussions, and masterclasses. The week’s events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges. All three top prize winners will have the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.

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