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Aug. 24, 2011

Old Capitol Museum's annual 'Piano Sundays' concerts begin Sept. 4

The halls of the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will echo with the harmonic chords of Schumann and Liszt as UI School of Music professors Uriel Tsachor and Ksenia Nosikova lead off the fall schedule of the sixth annual "Piano Sundays" concert series. They will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Piano Sundays performances are free and open to the public and are sponsored by UI Pentacrest Museums, West Music and the UI School Of Music. 

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Tsachor is a Steinway Artist and professor of piano. He heads the piano area and teaches students in the piano performance and pedagogy programs. He is the winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours (1986), the Concorso Busoni (1985), and he is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School, where he earned his doctorate.

Nosikova is a Steinway Artist and professor of piano, teaching an international studio of graduate and undergraduate students. Her students have won prizes such prestigious competitions as the Eastman Young Artist International Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition and national MTNA auditions. She is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory, where she received her undergraduate and master's degrees with highest honors. Her doctoral degree is from the University of Colorado.

This faculty recital is the first of three concerts for the fall "Piano Sundays" series.  The remaining concerts will take place on Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Old Capitol's Senate Chamber.

West Music Company in Coralville restored Old Capitol's 1878 Steinway, which features burled-rosewood carved legs and satin finish. The piano was acquired in the fall of 2006 with an in-kind donation from West Music and is currently being restored at the Steinway factory in New York.

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

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit the website.

PHOTOS: Uriel Tsachor and Ksenia Nosikova at

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