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2001 Van Cliburn Medalist Maxim Philippov to Perform at Keene State

KEENE, N.H., 10/1/01 - Russian pianist Maxim Philippov, one of two silver medal winners of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will appear at Keene State Colleges Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond, Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Philippov, whose recital will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Liszt, will give a lecture demonstration on Monday, Oct. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public, the lecture demonstration will be held at the Art Centers Alumni Recital Hall.

Tickets for Philippovs recital, which will also be held in the Alumni Recital Hall, are $16 for the general public, $14 for seniors and KSC faculty and staff, $9 for youth 17 and younger, and $5 for KSC students with ID. They may be purchased at the Brickyard Pond box office, 603-358-2168, or through Brickyard Ponds web site

Every four years the Van Cliburn Competition brings 30 young pianists to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in one of the worlds most prestigious international piano competitions. In 2001, for the first time since its inception, the list of winners included two silver medal winners as well as two gold medal winners. From the field of 30 six finalists were selected after having appeared in the first two rounds in solo recitals and with the Takács Quartet. The six finalists performed two concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Conlon.

A documentary of the competition, directed by Emmy Award-winner Peter Rosen, will premiere on PBS stations across the country on October 17 at 9:30 p.m. The film will also be widely distributed overseas.

For winning the silver medal Philippov (the other Silver Medal winner, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, appeared at Keene State October 2) was awarded two years of concert engagements and career management and a compact disc recording of his award-winning performances for the harmonia mundi label. He was also the recipient of a Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music for his semifinal round collaboration with the renowned Takács Quartet.

The Moscow-born Philippov began studying the piano at the age of five and made his public debut when he was eight. His program will open with Johann Sebastian Bachs French Overture to be followed by six of Felix Mendelssohns Songs without Words. The first half of the program will conclude with Franz Liszts Hungarian Rhapsody #15, Rakoczy March.

After intermission Philippov will return to play J.S. Bachs Prelude, Gavotte, and Gigue from Partita #3, arranged for piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The evening will conclude with Sergei Prokofievs Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82.

A laureate of several major international piano competitions, including the Leeds, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, and Tchaikovsky events, Philippov won first prize at the 1996 Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition.

Mr. Philippov has performed recitals in Canada, Russia, the United States, and throughout Europe, with appearances at important concert venues such as the Gasteig in Munich, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has also collaborated with the Calgary Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Edinburgh Symphony, the Hamburg Symphony, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras. Emerging as one of today’s most engaging interpreters of Rachmaninoff, Mr. Philippov has recorded two discs devoted to the solo works of this composer. He is a former pupil of Vera Gornostaeva and now resides in Moscow, where he serves on the faculty of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

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