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Feb. 4, 2005

Natalya Antonova Opens 2005 UI Piano Festival With Feb. 15 Recital

Pianist Natalya Antonova from the Eastman School of Music will open the 2005 Piano Festival at the University of Iowa School of Music with a free solo recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Clapp Recital hall on the UI campus.

In addition to her recital, Antonova will present a public master class with UI students. The master class, from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Voxman Hall of the Voxman Music Building, will be free.

An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It typically includes master classes for UI students and free public performances from outstanding visiting artist-teachers from around the world.

Upcoming performances in the 2005 Piano Festival, all in Clapp Recital Hall, will be:

-- James Giles, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22;

-- David Kosevaar, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24;

-- John Ellis, 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27; and

-- Jason Sifford, 8 p.m. Monday, April 18.

For the Feb. 15 recital, Antonova will play music from the 19th-century piano repertoire:

-- Andante, the second movement of Beethoven's Sonata in D major, op. 28;

-- "Kreisleriana: 8 Fantasy Pieces," op, 16, by Robert Schumann;

-- the Etude in C-sharp minor, op. 2 no. 1 and the Etude in C-sharp minor, op. 42 no. 5, by Alexander Scriabin;

-- the Rondo in C minor, op. 1, and the Andante Spianato and Grand Brilliant Polonaise, op. 22, by Frederic Chopin.

A critic for the Albany Times-Union wrote, "Antonova dazzles with her Russian repertoire. Her performance had plenty of virtuosity, but it also had drama, grandeur and sweep."

Antonova made her debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic at the age of 16. As a soloist of the principal concert managements of the Soviet Union, she presented concerts in Russia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, the Ukraine, Armenia, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, as well as Western countries including Germany, France and South Korea.

She was the youngest professor ever appointed at the Leningrad Conservatory. After 10 years she accepted a position as professor of piano in the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (the former Gnessin Institute of Music).

Antonova gave hundreds of master classes and lectures at schools throughout the world, including the Moscow Academy of Music, Paris Conservatory, Budapest Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Seoul National University. She participated in international festivals in Hungary, Germany, South Korea, the United States and Russia. Each summer she conducts piano classes in Paris, France.

She has judged competitions including the Gina Bachauer in Utah, Corpus Christi International Competition in Texas, Sibelius International Competition in Ohio, Hilton Head (South Carolina) International Competition and Missouri International Competition. She is currently a tenured professor at the Eastman School of Music.

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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