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ONU welcomes back guest pianist Polina Bespalko to Snyder Hall

Mar 13, 2011

The Ohio Northern University Music Department will be hosting guest concert pianist Polina Bespalko in a recital Monday, March 14, at 8 p.m. in Snyder Recital Hall in Presser Hall.

Bespalko will be playing works by Beethoven, Liszt, Villa-Lobos, Rachmaninoff and others. The concert is free and open to the public.

"Polina plays huge pieces that other pianists do not attempt with great ease. Her interpretations are exciting, fresh, unique and extremely energetic," associate professor of music Rebecca Casey said. "I don't think I have ever heard a pianist play like her. She is absolutely technically astounding, and you have to see her and hear her to believe it. She performed a piano recital at ONU last year and the audience exploded with an immediate and very enthusiastic standing ovation."
As the recipient of the silver medal in the 2001 Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana, Bespalko went on to become a medalist in
the 2005 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati as well as the gold medal winner in the Rachmaninov Concerto Competition in Catania, Sicily.

Bespalko has a masters degree from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and an artist diploma from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory
of Music. She currently serves on the piano faculty of Xavier University in Cincinnati.

In addition to her performance at ONU, Bespalko will also be giving a master class for piano majors and any other individuals interested on Tuesday, March 15, at 9 a.m. in Snyder Recital Hall. The master class is free and open to the public.

"Many people requested to have her back this year, so we are very fortunate to be able to have her again," Casey said. "She also accomplished a great deal with my students in a very short time in her master class last winter."

By Shana Tachikawa

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