Pianist couple to perform at FMU, Feb. 14
FLORENCE – The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo will perform at Francis Marion University, Thursday, Feb. 14, in an FMU Department of Fine Arts Recital. The performance, which is also a part of the David Marshall and Catherine Koger Burns Memorial Recital Series, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
As a solo pianist, Marina Lomazov has performed throughout the United States as well as Europe, South America and the Far East. She has won prizes in numerous local and national solo piano competitions and was the first pianist to be awarded the Artist Diploma at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., in nearly two decades.
Joseph Rackers has performed in the United States, Canada, China and Europe at important venues including the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Yantai International Music Festival (China) and numerous American venues including radio broadcasts, music festivals and conventions. He has held faculty positions at the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division and the Hochstein Music School, among others.
Lomazov and Rackers both hold doctoral degrees in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music and both are also faculty members at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Recent international engagements include serving as Guest Artists at the 2005 Varna International Masterclasses in Piano in Varna, Bulgaria and the 2006 Moulin d’Ande Arts Festival in Normandy, France where they also served as judges for the Second Moulin d’Ande International Piano Competition. In June 2007, the duo was invited to perform two-piano concertos by Mozart and Poulenc with the Filarmonia Orchestra at Kiev Summer Music Evenings Festival in Kiev and Chernigov, Ukraine.
In the United States, recent performances include the “Live from Hochstein” recital series, Music at Penn Alps (Md.) and Hendersonville Chamber Music Series (N.C.), as well as concerts as soloists with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra. They are regular performers at the Southern Exposure Contemporary Music Series, where they recently gave performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Halleluiah Junction by American composer John Adams.
In 2004, they were awarded a Messinger Grant for performances in New York City and served as Convention Artists for the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs State Convention.
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