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Sept. 7, 2007

UI Piano Festival continues with Sept. 23 recital by Michael Boyd

Pianist Michael Boyd from the University of Toledo will present a free recital as part of the University of Iowa School of Music Piano Festival, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

During his visit to the UI campus, Boyd will also present a master class to UI piano students. The master class, which will be open to the public free of charge, will be at  2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

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.

In the first half of his recital, Boyd will play a group of sonatas by Domenic Scarlatti, Dos Sonatas de El Escorial by the Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter, and the Sonata for Piano by Béla Bartók.

The second half of Boyd's program will consist of piano transcriptions and arrangements of works that are well known in another form. This portion of the program will comprise transcriptions of songs by Schubert and Schumann; a transcription of Debussy's orchestral tone poem "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"; and arrangements of two of Liszt's Hungarian rhapsodies, piano works that have been turned into concert showpieces by the legendary virtuoso pianists Ervin Nyiregyhazi and Vladimir Horowitz.

Boyd is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, lecturer, and teacher. As a student at the Eastman School of Music he won first prize as pianist in the Kneisel Lieder Competition and played a radio broadcast recital from Carnegie Hall with Naumburg prize-winning violinist Ian Swensen. His lecture recitals on topics including Spanish piano music and the keyboard transcriptions have taken him across the country.

Boyd is professor of piano at the University of Toledo, where he is the pianist for the Toledo Trio. He was also a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. During the summer he has been on the faculty of Indiana University Summer Piano Academy and is currently on the piano faculty at the Chautauqua Summer Institution. For more information on Boyd, see

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