For the opening concert of this year’s Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present one of a rare handful of professional ensembles worldwide focusing exclusively on piano duets, ZOFO. The single performance will be performed on Monday, September 30, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall at IUP.
Since joining forces as a professional ensemble in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi—ZOFO Duet—have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Osaka, Japan, with their artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This Grammy-nominated, prize-winning duo is blazing a new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.
ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), received two Grammy nominations for their 2012 release of Mind Meld and took first place in the 2013 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. They gave their Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 and were the only piano duo that was a finalist for the 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
Most recently, they were named to the prestigious roster of Steinway Artists, with the IUP performance marking their first recital at an All-Steinway university. Their program will include George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture,” “Three Dance Portraits” by Allen Shawn, Samuel Barber’s “Souvernirs,” and Igor Stravinksy’s “The Rite of Spring.”
Zimmerman, born in Switzerland, maintains a robust performance career in Europe and the U.S. Winner of the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, she graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory of Geneva. She serves on the faculty at the University of San Francisco at the Nueva School founded by Yehudi Menuhin.
Nakagoshi began his piano studies at the age of 10 in his native Japan, arriving in the U.S. at the age of 18. He received his degrees in composition and chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed as soloist across the U.S., including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
Tickets for the September 30 event are available now at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online at IUP Tickets. They can also be purchased by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $20 for regular admission, $16 for seniors or groups, and $12 for students or children.
The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts is a program of the College of Fine Arts, presenting nearly 200 performances and exhibits annually. More information on this and other events within the Lively Arts is available by calling 724-357-2787 (ARTS).
September 30, 20138:00 p.m.Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall
One of a rare handful of professional ensembles worldwide focusing exclusively on piano duets, this prize-winning duo is rediscovering and energetically performing hidden gems of the traditional one-piano-four-hands repertoire, along with a strong dedication to 20th- and 21st-century works.
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