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Release: Feb. 9, 2001

Pianist Hokanson will present free UI recital Feb. 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pianist Leonard Hokanson, whose extensive European career has earned him acclaim as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician, will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Hokanson, who teaches on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington and is a permanent guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music, will visit the UI as part of the School of Music's Piano Festival 2000-2001.

During his visit to the UI campus, Hokanson will present a master class with UI students at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Clapp Recital Hall. The master class may be observed by the public free of charge.

An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It includes master classes and performances from outstanding visiting artist-teachers from around the world. The remaining events in Piano Festival 2000-2001 will be a recital and master class by Constance Keene March 25 and 26.

Hokanson's program for the Feb. 24 recital will cover four distinct periods of music, including works from the Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods, and the 20th century. For the first half of the program he will play "15 Hungarian Peasant Songs" by Bela Bartok, Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII/6, by Joseph Haydn, and the Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826, by J.S. Bach.

A single work will comprise the second half of the program, the monumental Sonata in A Major, D. 959 of Franz Schubert.

One of the last pupils of the legendary Austrian pianist Arthur Schnabel, Hokanson lived for much of his professional life in Germany and Austria. Winner of the Steinway Prize of Boston and a prizewinner in the International Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy, he has performed at the festivals of Aldeburgh, Berlin, Echternach, Lucerne, Prague, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood and Vienna, among others. He has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and other major orchestras.

He is a founding member of the Odeon Trio and resident pianist for Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. He has been a guest artist with the Vermeer Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Ensemble Villa Musica and the Wind Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, and he frequently performs duo recitals with violinist Miriam Fried, clarinetist James Campbell, and horn player Hermann Baumann. As a collaborator in song recitals, he has played with Martina Arroyo, Grace Bumbry, Edith Mathis, Edda Moser, Hermann Prey and other renowned artists.

A prolific recording artist, his recordings in the last few years have included the complete piano works of Walter Piston, Haydn sonatas, Mozart concertos, Brahms intermezzi, Schubert's complete works for violin and piano with Edith Peinemann, Brahms' sonatas for clarinet and piano with James Campbell, Beethoven's complete songs with Hermann Prey and Pamela Coburn, and previously unrecorded early works of Schubert. He has recorded for the Bayer, Capriccio, Denon, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Marquis, MDG, Naxos, Northeastern, Philips, RCA and Sony labels.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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