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ONU presents piano recital by Assaf Sommer

Nov 26, 2012

The Ohio Northern University Department of Music presents a faculty piano recital by Assaf Sommer in the Snyder Recital Hall in Presser Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. The program, free and open to the public, will include works from the Renaissance through the 19th century.

Born in Jerusalem, Sommer earned a bachelor’s degree at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem under the guidance of Mark and Tatiana Dukelsky and professor Benjamin Oren. He was the prizewinner from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for the years 2000-03.

Sommer was accepted to the Manhattan School of Music and was the only student of the American pianist Eugene Istomin in 2002. He later studied with James Tocco and graduated in 2004.

As a winner of Artists International, he presented a solo recital debut in Carnegie Hall in 2006. The same year, he began his doctoral studies at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Recent performances include solo performances with the Cincinnati Ballet at the Aronoff Center, performing Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with the Cincinnati Sinfonietta, a solo recital at Steinway Hall in New York as part of CCM Steinway Series, and the “Close Encounters with Music” chamber music series with his piano trio “Troika.”