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Piano majors part of masterclass

Two Ohio Northern piano majors have been chosen to perform in a piano masterclass with Alexander Ghindin, an internationally acclaimed pianist, Oct. 10, at Ohio State University Lima. Chris Gray, a sophomore from Hopedale, Ohio, and Nathan Arant, a senior from Lima, Ohio, were part of the event. Gray will be performing Rachmaninoff's "Moments Musical", No. 4. and Arant will be performing Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata.

The youngest ever laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1994, Ghindin has established himself as a pianist of distinction. In 1999 he gained second prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and in 2007 first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the United States, with, in consequence, more than 50 concerts. In July 2010 he won the first prize at the International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina, Brazil.

In 1999 Ghindin joined the Moscow State Philharmonic as soloist, and has performed in numerous countries. In 2006 he was named an honored artist of Russia and in the 2010/2011 season was engaged as the artistic director of four festivals in Moscow,  Perm, Russia, Minsk, Belorussia, and as International Artistic Director of the Swedish Royal Festival in Stockholm. His international career has brought collaboration with leading conductors and orchestras. His 15 recordings include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 in their original versions with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has also appeared on television and in broadcasts in Russia, Germany, Belgium, Japan, France, Luxembourg, Poland, and elsewhere.