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Feb. 20, 2004

Pianist Anthony Padilla Will Play Virtuoso Repertoire Feb. 29

Anthony Padilla, a concert pianist and chair of the piano department at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis., will present a free recital as part of the annual Piano Festival hosted by the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Piano Festival is an annual event that brings outstanding concert pianists to the UI campus for a free public concert and a master class with UI students.

Padilla's program will open with Mozart's Sonata in C minor, K. 45. After that classical beginning, however, he will turn to more virtuoso fare, playing next Feruccio Busoni's piano arrangement of J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major for organ, S. 552 ("St. Anne's").

The virtuoso theme will continue after intermission, with "Quejas o la Maja y el Ruisenor" (The maiden and the nightingale) and "Los Requiebros" (Flattery) from "Goyescas," Enrique Granados' piano suite inspired by the paintings of Francisco Goya; three of pianist Earl Wild's "Virtuoso Etudes on Themes of George Gershwin," based on the well known Gershwin songs "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm"; and Franz Liszt's brilliant Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.

Padilla, an American pianist of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, has been acclaimed by a Chicago Tribune review for performances of "enormous freshness, vitality, and poetry." He joined the Concert Artists Guild's distinguished roster of soloists in 2000 as the top prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

He made his debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with orchestras and at concert series throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has made solo appearances at the Ravinia, Chautauqua, Schleswig-Holstein, Holzhausen, Victoria, Sarasota, Cascade and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals.

After his New York debut recital, a critique in the New York Concert Review called him "a strong-willed, steel-fingered tornado," adding that "he plays the piano with absolute authority and gives new meaning to the idea of 'interpretation' to the extent that the U.S. Patent Office might well grant him a number. Nobody could copy him."

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Padilla was awarded the Beethoven Fellowship by the American Pianists Association in 1991. He is also a laureate of the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Walter Naumburg International Piano Competitions. He has received major prizes from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Society of American Musicians, the Music Teachers National Association, the Koszciuszko Foundation, the Harvard Musical Association and the Theodore Presser Foundation. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Bay View Music Festival in Winchester, Va.

A nationally certified member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Padilla presents master classes and clinics at the regional, state, and national levels. He presented a lecture-recital on "The Element of Humor in Classical Music" at the MTNA National Convention in Los Angeles. His students regularly earn top prizes at MTNA and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association auditions and other competitions. Padilla has recorded for the CRI label.

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

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