This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of:
Dr. William Carroll
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.
LOMAZOV RACKERS PIANO DUO
Friday, February 17, 2017
Christ United Methodist Church
Join us for a special dinner Friday, February 17, 2016 at 5:30pm before the Ingram Memorial Concert. This dinner-fundraiser will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, and all proceeds will be added to the Ingram Memorial Endowment. Entrée choices are vegetarian/pasta, salmon, or chicken. Please indicate your entrée choice when ordering. Deadline to purchase tickets will be Monday, February 13. Note: tickets will NOT be available at the door for this event.
Music for a Great Space is proud to host Music for Young People events by our visiting artists. Students and their teachers may attend free of charge. All student attendees will receive a complimentary family voucher to attend the evening performance.
Advance reservations are required. Please see below for more information
The LOMAZOV RACKERS PIANO DUO garnered wide attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Varna International Piano Festival (Bulgaria), Moulin d'Andé Arts Festival (France), Burgos International Music Festival (Spain) and In orata di Genzano (Italy) in addition to appearances in every region of the United States.
Lomazov and Rackers are Steinway Artists. Recent engagements include performances at the Society of Composers International Conference, the Chernigov Philharmonic (Ukraine), South Carolina Philharmonic, Piccolo Spoleto Festival and numerous others. Their performances have been described as "splendid" (Rochester, NY, WXXI radio), and a review of a performance of the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra said simply: "The soloists? Amazing" (The State).
The Lomazov Rackers duo has premiered numerous works across the United States, including several works written speci cally for them. Their broad repertoire ranges from important works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert to wide-ranging performances of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Petrushka, leading one critic to write that the duo "really lit up the audience...demonstrated that nearly 100 years after it was written, this modernist touchstone can still sound modern" (Free Times).
Praised as a "diva of the piano" (Salt Lake City Tribune), MARINA LOMAZOV has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and China. Lomazov has given major debuts at Weill-Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, and the Shanghai City Theater. She has performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Chernigov Philharmonic, Billington Festival Orchestra, and Brevard Festival Orchestra to name a few. Before immigrating to the US in 1990, Lomazov studied at the Kiev Conservatory where she became the youngest 1st Prize Winner at the all-Kiev Piano Competition. Lomazov holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, the latter bestowing upon her the highly coveted Artist's Certi cate—an honor the institution had not given a pianist for nearly two decades.
Hailed as an "American virtuoso" (Audiophile Audition), "enormous power and intelligent, instinctive interpretation" (Spoleto Today), and "simply dazzling" (The State), pianist JOSEPH RACKERS has performed for enthusiastic audiences all over the world. His international performances include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Shanghai and Sichuan Conservatories of Music and Yantai International Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts, and Society of Composers International Conference among many others. Rackers serves on the artist faculty of the Perugia International Music Festival, Burgos International Music Festival, and Texas State International Piano Festival. He has recorded for the MSR Classics and Beauport Classical labels and his performances have been broadcast on radio and television across the US and Europe. Rackers is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the DMA, Master's and was awarded the Performer's Certi cate.
Ms. Lomazov and Mr. Rackers both serve on the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music where they co-direct the Southeastern Piano Festival.
Program subject to change at the discretion of the artist(s).