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Concert series presents award-winning Russian pianist

Jan. 16, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The third performance of the 2003-04 Young Concert Artists Series features Russian pianist Vassily Primakov Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 8:15 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Primakov will perform works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky during his Jan. 27 recital. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269 387-2300 or toll free 800-228-9858.

Primakov won first prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists international auditions and numerous special keyboard prizes. His New York debut opened the 2002-03 Young Concert Artists Series at the 92nd Street Y, and he will make his New York concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall on May 4. In 1996, at age 15, Primakov won first prize in the Rachmaninoff International Young Pianist Competition in Russia. In 1998, he was awarded the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Award, and in 1999, he won second prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Most recently, Primakov won the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize at the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition.

Following early musical studies with his mother, Primakov entered Moscow's Central Special Music School at age 11, studying with Vera Gornostayeva. He came to New York to study with Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, where he won the 2001 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Recital Award. Primakov will perform works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky on the January 27th recital at WMU.

Primakov's appearance at WMU is sponsored by the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute in collaboration with the Plaza Arts Circle.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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